Promotion: There will be 650 athletes setting their sights on European Athletics Indoor Championships glory and planning has begun in earnest following the release of the competition schedule

The race to the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which comes to Glasgow in March 2019, is well and truly on – with the opening day of competition moving rapidly closer.

A number of the world’s leading athletes will descend on Glasgow’s Emirates Arena between March 1-3 as the championships return to the iconic city for the first time since 1990. There will be 650 athletes from more than 45 nations setting their sights on glory and planning has begun in earnest following the release of the competition schedule.

Six sessions will be competed across three action-packed days, with qualifiers and finals contested every day.

Medals for events such as the women’s 3000m and men’s shot put will be up for grabs on day one. Meanwhile, the men’s pole vault and women’s 400m will be among the day two highlights, while both the men’s and women’s long lump, 4x400m relays and 1500m will all feature on an exciting final day.

Home favourite, championship ambassador and newly-crowned outdoor European champion Laura Muir will have had a particularly close eye on the schedule for the women’s 1500m and 3000m, events in which she claimed gold at the 2017 championships in Belgrade. She will look to defend one of them come March.

Muir’s medal-winning streak continued earlier this year when she claimed silver in the 1500m and bronze in the 3000m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham and the Inverness-born star will hope she can add to that medal haul come March.

She said: “Now that the competition schedule has been announced, the European Athletics Indoor Championships is very much in our sights – it is going to come around very quickly.

“My excitement and anticipation for the championship is building each day and I can’t wait to experience and be a part of another major sporting event in this fantastic city.

“The Scottish crowds are always brilliant and come out in their numbers to not only support the home athletes but they also appreciate top quality athletics, too, so it will be a fantastic atmosphere for everyone.”

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