Paris 2024 Olympic Games Team GB athletics squad includes Bristol runner

-Credit: (Image: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)


A Bristol man is among dozens of athletes who have been selected to represent Team GB in the 2024 Olympic Games. Ben Jefferies has been confirmed to be one of seven members to join the 4×400 relay team in Paris this summer, with the final selection on who will be competing in the race during the games.

The Bristol Rovers community college graduate secured his spot on the team after taking home second place in the 400 meter dash final at the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester on Sunday (June 30). He had a personal best time of 45.63 seconds.

Currently, Jefferies is an assistant track and field coach for the Briar Cliff Chargers in Sioux City, Iowa, in the United States. However, he will return home before flying off to Paris for the Olympic Games which are starting later this month.

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The British Olympic Association (BOA) announced yesterday (July 5) the Team GB athletics squad for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games featuring a host of Olympic, World and European medallists. Team GB Chef de Mission, Mark England OBE, said: “The Games are within touching distance now and I am delighted to welcome a hugely talented and exciting track and field squad to Team GB.

“The group boasts a very strong mix of Olympic, World and European medallists. I am confident that their experience will a source of inspiration and support not only to the 35 debutants who have also made the team, but to the wider Team GB too. Athletics fans were treated to some outstanding breakthrough performances at the British Championships in Manchester last week which has given us a glimpse of what we can expect next month in Paris.”

Team Leader, Paula Dunn, added: “Congratulations to all the athletes and their support networks on their selection for Paris 2024. It is a huge moment in their careers, and they have all worked incredibly hard to get into this position. I wish all the selected athletes well in their last few weeks of preparation and we will continue to ensure that they can optimise and maximise all the support required leading into Paris.

“It’s a brilliant mix of athletes who have multiple global medals alongside some amazing young talent that has only just broken through this season. We saw a number of athletes step up at this weekend’s Microplus UK Athletics Championships with some exceptional performances across the board to get those standards.

“We know from this we have a high quality team for Paris next month who know how to produce their best when it counts and will be challenging for medals and those Olympic final spots. It’s an exciting time for everyone, and we’re incredibly proud of the team named today.”