Eleven Scottish athletes selected for European Championships

Eilish McColgan
Eilish McColgan will compete in the 5000m at the European Championships in Amsterdam

Four of Scotland's weekend qualifiers for the Rio Olympics have opted out of Britain's team for July's European Championships in the Netherlands.

Laura Muir, Lynsey Sharp, Chris O'Hare and Andy Butchart have instead decided to focus on preparations for the August Games in Brazil.

But 11 Scots remain in the 98-strong team taking on the rest of Europe.

Current European 400m hurdles champion Eilidh Doyle will travel to Amsterdam but only for the 4x400m relay.

Following the British Athletics Championships, which doubled as the Team GB trials, Scotland so far has 12 runners confirmed for Rio.

It is the country's best representation since 1972.

Muir won the 1,500m, O'Hare was runner-up in the men's event, Butchart was first over 5,000m, while Sharp was second in the 800m.

World 5,000m and 10,000m champion Mo Farah and Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill are among other top names who have decided to sidestep the European Championships.

Steph Twell and Eilish McColgan (both 5,000m), Lennie Waite (3,000m steeplechase) and marathon trio Tsegai Tewelde and Callum and Derek Hawkins have decided that competing in the Netherlands will be part of their build-up to Rio.

Other Scots in the GB squad for the European championships are Jake Wightman (1,500m), Mark Dry (hammer), Chris Bennett (hammer) and Laura Whittle (5,000m), who is hoping for a discretionary selection for Rio after finishing third in the trials.

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