A number of the world’s top athletes in action in Birmingham this weekend
Genzebe Dibaba, Mohammed Aman and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are just three of the global names set to star at the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.
A total of 23 Olympic and Paralympic and 59 world medallists are due to descend on Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena for an action-packed day of athletics action.
Fresh from breaking the indoor world records for both the 1500m and 3000m, Dibaba will look to continue her record-breaking ways as she contests the rarely-run two mile event, with the 9:06.26 indoor best set by her fellow Ethiopian Meseret Defar in 2009 surely in her sights and perhaps even Defar’s outdoor best of 8:58.58 too.
Dibaba, who clocked 8:16.60 for 3000m in Stockholm four days ago to record the quickest time for the distance – indoors or out – since 1993, is due to line up alongside the likes of compatriot Hiwot Ayalew as well as newly-crowned British 3000m Charlene Thomas. Thomas will be among the Brits who will be watching the clock, with 3000m times achieved on the way around counting for World Indoors selection purposes and the qualification window closing the next day.
Over in the sprints and Fraser-Pryce and Murielle Ahoure are listed with the likes of Britain’s Asha Philip and Dina Asher-Smith for the women’s 60m, while in the men’s event James Dasaolu is due to take on athletes such as European indoor champion Jimmy Vicaut and former world 100m champion Kim Collins.
Tiffany Porter is back in 60m hurdles action, while in the men’s event joint British champions Andrew Pozzi and William Sharman will be joined by Andy Turner, David Oliver and Aries Merritt.
World champion Aman headlines the men’s 800m field, while Hagos Gebrhiwet is due to contest the 3000m – both athletes leading the respective world rankings.
Also among the Brits in action are Holly Bleasdale in the pole vault; Andy Turner in the 60m hurdles; Shara Proctor, Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson in the long jump; Hannah England and Laura Muir in the women’s 1500m and Robbie Grabarz in the high jump.
» Startlists for the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix can be found here