A record total of 49 athletes are set to represent the host nation in Glasgow
Double champion Laura Muir, 60m winner Asha Philip and 60m hurdles champion Andrew Pozzi are set to defend their titles at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow from March 1-3 as the trio have been named on the host nation’s 49-strong team.
They will be joined by fellow European indoor gold medallists Holly Bradshaw and Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who won the pole vault and pentathlon respectively in 2013 and 2015.
Reigning two-time men’s 60m champion Richard Kilty was initially missing from the team, with only one athlete selected to represent GB in that event.
Reece Prescod and Chijindu Ujah achieved British Athletics’ qualifying standard of 6.60, which is lower than the European Athletics standard of 6.78, but they have both decided to skip Glasgow to focus on the outdoor season.
Kilty is making his return after injury and has clocked a best of 6.63 this year, while his PB is 6.49 from 2014, when he won the world indoor title. Having not met the selection criteria, he was not picked by British Athletics but three days after the team announcement he received a “special invite” from European Athletics to race.
As a result, he will join Ojie Edoburun in running for GB, with Edoburun selected thanks to his 10.04 PB from last summer. He has run 6.65 for 60m so far this year.
In the women’s event, trials winner Philip and runner-up Rachel Miller will be joined by Kristal Awuah, who makes her senior international debut. Joe Reid also represents the senior GB team for the first time.
“I’ve always known that I’ve belonged in that kind of field. Indoor 800, anything can happen. Don’t write me off – I’m confident and anything could happen…” @J8Reid ran a 1:47.83 PB to secure his @Glasgow2019 GB team spot in Birmingham today and can’t wait to compete. pic.twitter.com/cGaHJDTxEW
— Athletics Weekly (@AthleticsWeekly) February 17, 2019
Following injury, world 60m hurdles champion Pozzi was not originally expecting to regain fitness in time for Glasgow, but his selection is subject to proving his fitness ahead of the championships.
Adelle Tracey has gained the third 800m spot ahead of 2012 European champion Lynsey Sharp and will join Shelayna Oskan-Clarke and Mari Smith in the team, while trials fourth-placer and world indoor medallist Eilidh Doyle has been selected in the individual 400m as well as the relay after proving her form at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.
Muir and Doyle are among the record number of nine Scottish athletes selected, along with Eilish McColgan, Andrew Butchart, Chris O’Hare, Guy Learmonth, Zoey Clarke, Jemma Reekie and Neil Gourley.
Niamh Emerson joins Johnson-Thompson in contesting the pentathlon following an invite from European Athletics.
Charlie Da’Vall Grice was originally selected for the 3000m but has withdrawn through injury after tearing his plantar fascia tendon and has been replaced by Sam Atkin, who ran inside the qualification standard in New York in January before finishing fourth at the trials in Birmingham.
60m: Ojie Edoburun, Richard Kilty
400m: Cameron Chalmers, Alex Haydock-Wilson, Owen Smith
800m: Guy Learmonth, Joe Reid, Jamie Webb
1500m: Robbie Fitzgibbon, Elliot Giles, Neil Gourley
3000m: Sam Atkin, Andrew Butchart, Chris O’Hare
60m hurdles: David King, Andrew Pozzi
High jump: Chris Baker
Long jump: Feron Sayers
Triple Jump: Nathan Douglas, Julian Reid
4x400m: Joe Brier, Cameron Chalmers, Alex Haydock-Wilson, Owen Smith, Thomas Somers
Heptathlon: Tim Duckworth
60m: Kristal Awuah, Rachel Miller, Asha Philip
400m: Amber Anning, Zoey Clark, Eilidh Doyle
800m: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Mari Smith, Adelle Tracey
1500m: Sarah McDonald, Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie
3000m: Melissa Courtney, Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir
High jump: Morgan Lake
Pole vault: Holly Bradshaw
Long jump: Abigail Irozuru, Jazmin Sawyers, Jahisha Thomas
Triple jump: Naomi Ogbeta
Shot put: Sophie McKinna, Amelia Strickler
4x400m: Amber Anning, Zoey Clark, Eilidh Doyle, Phillipa Lowe, Laviai Nielsen
Pentathlon: Niamh Emerson, Katarina Johnson-Thompson
» This post was updated on February 18 and 20 following the confirmation of Niamh Emerson’s European Athletics invite and addition to the GB team in the pentathlon and Richard Kilty’s invite and addition in the 60m. It was further updated on February 21 to reflect the replacement of Charlie Da’Vall Grice with Sam Atkin