OWEN SMITH has been given a shot at European Championships glory after being selected for Great Britain's 4x400m relay team.

Smith, who finished fourth in the 400m development race at the Anniversary Games, staged at the Olympic Stadium, is one of nine runners selected in the relay squad for the competition between August 6-12.

Flintshire raised Smith will compete with the likes of Martyn Rooney, Matthew Hudsom-Smith, Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan - all picked to run the individual 400m - for a place in the relay quartet.

The former Deeside athlete tweeted his delight at being included in the squad, writing: "Happy to announce I’ve been selected to run the 4x400m relay for @BritAthletics at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin!"

Team GB are taking a record number of athletes to the competition - 102 - and for the first time ever there are more women heading to Berlin than men.

British Athletics performance director Neil Back was is excited about the ability in the squad heading to Germany next month.

Back said: “I am delighted to confirm the 102 athletes chosen to compete for Great Britain & Northern Ireland at the European Championships in Berlin next month.

"The standard of performances from British athletes since the Commonwealth Games in April has been extremely high and therefore competition for places to Berlin has been more competitive than ever.

"This is a huge opportunity for athletes to demonstrate form ahead of two global championship summers.

“It is fantastic that for the first time ever more women than men have been selected and this underlines further that athletics is a truly equal sport.

“The team is our largest for over 100 years and we look forward to watching them thrive under the spotlight of a major championships.

"These European Championships are an important marker on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and we expect to be competing for medals at every turn.”