A preview to this weekend’s Indoor British Championships at Sheffield’s EIS
Following the showcase grand prix in Glasgow last weekend, for many this weekend’s Indoor British Championships will have more serious implications as selection for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland is at stake.
The first eligible athlete in each event will be guaranteed selection if they have the qualifying standard. A further athlete in each event may be selected if they have the Portland mark.
The men’s 60m will as usual be among the most fiercely contested of the weekend. Sean Safo-Antwi is No.1 on times with his PB 6.55, but he may have to go quicker to make the team. World and European champion Richard Kilty will be trying to return to top form, while James Dasaolu looks set to go quicker than his 6.58 in the heats in Berlin.
Chris Clarke, Tommy Ramdhan and Deji Tobais are among the favourites in the 200m.
Nigel Levine makes his 2016 debut seeking his sixth consecutive national indoor title. He has the qualifying standard of 46.50 from last year. Jarryd Dunn, who achieved the necessary standard for Oregon outdoors last year, will be out to stop Levine.
Defending champion Mukhtar Mohammed, Michael Rimmer and Guy Learmonth are expected to fight it out for the 800m title, while last year’s European indoor 3000m silver medallist Lee Emanuel is entered for both the longer event and the 1500m. Also with the qualifying mark and expected to line up are Chris O’Hare and Charlie Grice.
Chris Baker, who enjoyed an amazing breakthrough from 2.29m to a PB of 2.36m earlier this year, lines up in the high jump against Olympic bronze Robbie Grabarz.
Luke Cutts goes for this fourth consecutive title the pole vault. Dan Bramble and Chris Tomlinson are among those set to contest the long jump but Greg Rutherford will be missing as he has a chest infection as well as the small injury that kept him from competing in Glasgow.
Nathan Douglas is tipped to win the triple jump and Scott Lincoln will be favourite in the shot put after his 18.69m outright shot PB earlier this year. Tom Bosworth will be looking to delight the crowds with another record after his 3000m race walk GB best set earlier this year.
Defending 60m champion Dina Asher-Smith will hope to recover from her under-par performance in Glasgow last weekend by bouncing back to form in Sheffield. The European indoor medallist has otherwise been in solid form this year and her rivals in the 60m this weekend include Asha Philip as they battle for World Indoors selection.
Competitors in the 200m include Margaret Adeoye and Louise Bloor, while in the 400m, Seren Bundy-Davies goes into the championships as the in-form runner going for gold.
Tiffany Porter is likely to lead the 60m hurdles line-up as she faces Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon.
The 1500m field includes Melissa Courtney, Montana Jones, Alison Leonard and Steph Twell, while the 3000m features Lauren Howarth, Josephine Moultrie, Elinor Kirk and Charlotte Arter. Emma Achurch is among the British entries in a 3000m race walk with an international flavour due to competitors coming from Italy, Spain and the USA.
A mouth-watering long jump contest is in store with UK outdoor record-holder Shara Proctor facing the winner in Glasgow last weekend, Lorraine Ugen, plus Jazmin Sawyers.
Isobel Pooley will renew her rivalry with world junior champion Morgan Lake in the high jump, while Rachael Wallader leads the shot put entries and Sally Peake the pole vault.
» The Indoor British Championships will be streamed live on the British Athletics YouTube channel, while next week’s AW magazine will include in-depth coverage of the event