EAST Lancashire pair Sophie Hitchon and Holly Bradshaw have been named in the Great Britain athletics squad for the Rio Games.

But there was no place for Alison Leonard in the women's 800m.

Burnley's Hitchon and Blackburn's Bradshaw will compete in the women's hammer and pole vault respectively after both claimed the national title at Birmingham last month.

But Leonard missed out on making it three Blackburn Harriers in Brazil despite having twice run the qualifying standard. The 26-year-old was third in the national championships last month, behind the two selected Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Lynsey Sharp. The GB selectors had the option of picking a third athlete, with Leonard and Jenny Meadows both in contention, but opted against that move.

For Hitchon and Bradshaw it will be second Olympics after both competed in London four years ago.

Hitchon, 25, was 12th in the hammer while Bradshaw, 24, finished eighth in the pole vault.

The pair will be joined by a host of top names including reigning Olympic champions Mo Farah (5,000m and 10,000m), Jessica Ennis-Hill (heptathlon) and Greg Rutherford (long jump).

Christine Ohuruogu has been given the chance to bid for a third straight 400 metres medal after being included.

Jo Pavey, the 42-year-old mother of two, has also been included in the 10,000m in an 80-strong team announced on Wednesday.