Four of Britain’s global athletics champions will head to Istanbul with high hopes of winning medals
Defending world indoor champions Jessica Ennis and Dwain Chambers will lead the British team at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul on March 9-11, along with world 5000m champion Mo Farah.
The team also boasts some of the athletes who have enjoyed significant breakthroughs during the indoor season, including pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, high jumper Robbie Grabarz, hurdler Andy Pozzi, 800m runner Joe Thomas and sprinter Asha Philip.
European indoor silver medallist Tiffany Porter will head to Istanbul confident of a top-three finish, while fellow new GB recruits Shara Proctor and Yamile Aldama will represent the team in the horizontal jumps.
European indoor champion Helen Clitheroe goes in the 3000m, while Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu and European bronze medallist Perri Shakes-Drayton – despite both having minimal indoor seasons – have been selected to compete in the women’s 4x400m relay.
The team is missing some big names, though. European champion Phillips Idowu is not contesting the indoor season, while world indoor silver medallist Jenny Meadows has been forced to miss it due to injury. Meanwhile, the likes of world silver medallist Hannah England and former world indoor silver medallist Jeanette Kwakye had not been targeting the World Indoor Championships.
Some British athletes have been provisionally selected on the proviso they attain the qualification standard by 27 February. These have been indicated below with an asterisk.
60m: Dwain Chambers, Andy Robertson*.
400m: Nigel Levine, Richard Buck.
800m: Joe Thomas, Andrew Osagie.
1500m: Lewis Moses, James Brewer.
3000m: Mo Farah.
60m hurdles: Andy Pozzi.
High jump: Samson Oni, Robbie Grabarz.
Pole vault: Steve Lewis, Andrew Sutcliffe*.
Long jump: JJ Jegede*.
4x400m: Nigel Levine, Richard Buck, Conrad Williams, Michael Bingham, James Forman, Luke Lennon Ford.
60m: Asha Philip, Jodie Williams.
400m: Shana Cox, Nadine Okyere.
800m: Marilyn Okoro.
3000m: Helen Clitheroe.
60m hurdles: Tiffany Porter.
Pole vault: Holly Bleasdale, Katie Byres.
Long jump: Shara Proctor.
Triple jump: Yamile Aldama.
Pentathlon: Jessica Ennis.
4x400m: Shana Cox, Nadine Okyere, Nicola Sanders, Christine Ohuruogu, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Laura Langowski.