'Plastic Brits' forced to learn anthem

Britain's foreign-born Olympic athletes, dubbed 'Plastic Brits' by some in the media, will not be lost for words when the national anthem is played at the London Games.


The sprinter is free to fight for a place at the London Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the lifetime ban handed to him by the British Olympic Association, but since that decision in April he has not run under the required mark of 10.18 seconds.

In the French capital he ran 10.48s in poor conditions, and was pipped at the line by Jamaica’s Ainsley Waugh.

It was the third time since he got the green light to compete for a place in Team GB that he has failed to make the grade.

Only those who finish first or second in their events at the Olympic trials in Birmingham in a fortnight and have the requisite A standard are guaranteed a place.

Two Britons, Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu, have already surpassed the Olympic A qualifying standard, recording times of 10.08s and 10.18s respectively.

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