NATHAN Douglas is confident of delivering under pressure when he bids to make the Great Britain team for the IAAF World Championships today.

The Oxford City AC athlete competes in the triple jump in Birmingham this afternoon, bidding to defend his national title.

If he does so, or finishes second, and meets the qualification standard of 16.80m, the 34-year-old will automatically be named in the team for August’s championships in London.

Douglas knows full well the risk of leaving his fate in the hands of selectors as he missed out on the 2015 World Championships and last year’s Rio Olympics after not fully meeting the criteria.

But he insists he is ready to perform when it matters and is confident of securing a fifth national title.

Douglas said: “I always love the British Championships.

“It’s what you’re in it for and to turn up and deliver, it brings a bit extra to my performance.

“If you go there, win, and you get the qualifying distance, you get picked.

“I’m just aware of how it works and I have to take it out of the selectors hands.”

Oxford City middle-distance runner Hannah England is also bidding for a place at the championships, which take place from August 4-13.

The 30-year-old goes in the 1,500m heats today, knowing she needs to finish in the top two in tomorrow’s final and in a time of 4mins 7.50secs or better.

Clubmate Gemma Bridge already has a place on the team after winning the 20km racewalk trials in Leeds last weekend.

She is now bidding to compete in a second event when she lines up in the 5,000m racewalk tomorrow morning.

There are five other Oxfordshire competitors at the Alexander Stadium.

Ben Claridge, of White Horse Harriers, races in the 400m heats today, with Radley duo Luisa Chantler Edmond and Kathryn Woodcock going head-to-head in the discus tomorrow.

Banbury Harriers’ Kyle Ennis competes in the 200m, while Simi Fajemisin, of Oxford City, is in the long jump.