It has been a bittersweet week for Thurnscoe athlete Luke Cutts, after he became the British pole vault champion at the weekend.
But that win wasn’t enough to earn him a place in the Great Britain squad for the World Championships in Moscow, which was announced on Tuesday.
Steve Lewis, who finished fifth in the Olympics, was selected instead, despite losing out to Cutts in the UK Championships and Trials at Birmingham over the weekend.
The Dearne ALC man cleared 5.65m, a personal best; the second time in a week he had done the B standard for the World Championships.
“A super progression of achievements for the Dearne ALC athletes this summer is recorded at very high standards and continues to grow before this season is concluded in August,” Trevor Fox, Luke’s coach, said.
“Luke is the highest UK pole vaulter this season, and has now earned himself the title of England, British and UK Champion 2013.
“After achieving the B Standard selection height twice in one week and taking the scalp of last year’s champion, Luke was hoping for selection to the British team for the World Championships in Moscow.
“His new personal best of 5.65m is just 5cm (2 inches) under the A entry standard so he was hoping that his current form would be taken into consideration, including his “giant killing” attitude.
“Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.”
In 2009 Luke took the gold medal at the Aviva World Championships Trials, the silver at the Aviva European Indoor Championships Trials, gold at the England U23 Championships and gold at the CAU Inter Counties Championships.
The decision to leave Cutts out of the British squad attracted criticism on Twitter.
High jumper Tom Parsons, who competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished eighth, said: “Luke Cutts is in shape to make the final in Moscow.
“Penalised for being selected for a prior championships; if you’re good enough, you’re old enough.”
Fellow pole vaulter Liam Yarwood added: “On the list that I saw, how did Luke Cutts not get picked for Moscow?
“He won the British trials and jumped the pole vault standard?”