A look ahead to this weekend’s England Athletics Under-23/Under-20 Championships where a number of athletes will be aiming for World Junior Championships places

Many athletes will be heading to Bedford this weekend with their sights set on gaining selection for July’s IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene.

The first eligible athlete having the qualification standard will be guaranteed a place, though athletes who have been selected for the Commonwealth Games – held around the same time as the World Juniors – will not be considered for the event held in America from July 22-27.

Among those due to be in action in Bedford are sprinters Dina Asher-Smith, Desiree Henry and Shannon Hylton – three of Britain’s fastest ever juniors over 100m and 200m – and the trio should be challenging for medals in Eugene. On the men’s side Ojie Edoburun and Thomas Somers will head those favoured for selection.

David Omoregie is expected to be one of GB’s best gold medal hopes in Eugene and he goes in the 110m hurdles in Bedford, while Yasmin Miller and Shona Richards will be going over the barriers over 100m and 400m respectively.

Field-event athletes in action include high jumper Chris Kandu, pole vaulters Adam Hague and Harry Coppell and hammer throwers Taylor Campbell and Kimberley Reed.

Even though she is competing in the Commonwealth Games rather than the World Juniors, heptathlete Morgan Lake will hone her preparations for Glasgow in the high jump and long jump this weekend.

Some of the top under-23 athletes will be missing, partly through focusing on the Commonwealth Games or other events in the busy summer. However, Katarina Johnson-Thompson will continue her preparations for Glasgow and is entered for the 100m and 100m hurdles.

Favourite in the sprints will be World Indoors representative Sophie Papps, though. Another GB international in action will be 400m runner Victoria Ohuruogu. Jonny Hay will be the one to watch in the 5000m, where he will be defending his title.

» A more in-depth preview can be found in the June 19 issue of AW, which is available here or digitally here