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Top athletes flag up missing Union Jack on new Great Britain team kit

By Joanne Sweeney

The daughter of a former Northern Ireland athlete has spoken of her disappointment that the GB team kit for the World Championships in Beijing is missing a Union flag.

Middle distance runner Eilish McColgan is the daughter of Scottish distance runner Liz McColgan and Peter McColgan, a former steeplechaser from Strabane, Co Tyrone.

The 25-year-old is one of a number of athletes who have hit out over the lack of a Union flag on the Great Britain team's kits.

"I think it's a little bit disappointing to see the flag is absent from the kit. Don't get me wrong, I would quite happily compete in a bin bag if it meant representing Great Britain in the World Championships," she told 5 Live Sport yesterday.

"British athletes are proud to wear the Union flag on the British kit, I think it's just a shame that it's been replaced by a company logo and a British athletics logo."

Earlier she had tweeted: 'It's unfair for athletes not supported by UKA to have to wear it... Doesn't make any sense! Bring back the flag!'

Olympic champion long-jumper Greg Rutherford led the backlash against British Athletics when he posted an image of his vest on Twitter alongside the message: "Well this isn't right ... Where's the Union Jack!?!?."

A host of present and former Team GB stars, including Dame Kelly Holmes, have since backed Rutherford.

The kit for the Beijing event, which begins on August 22, is a mostly blue jersey featuring the words "Great Britain" and the British Athletics and Nike logos on a large white "V" at the top.

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