A guide to the three-day event at Emirates Arena, including key clashes, schedule and TV info, plus some top travel tips

In what has seemed like the blink of an eye, the European Athletics Indoor Championships is upon us again – and the 2019 edition at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena looks like being one to savour.

The British line-up appears strong and many of the biggest storylines from three days of intense competition from March 1-3 could involve the athletes from UK shores who are getting another opportunity to compete at a major home championships.

There’s so much to look forward to but here we highlight just a few of the key clashes, while our guide to the action also includes a schedule and TV info, plus some top travel tips.

See the February 28 issue of AW magazine for further preview features and rankings, plus our March 7 edition will include in-depth coverage of the action.

Ones to watch

Women’s 3000m

Scotland’s Laura Muir lives in the host city of Glasgow and regularly trains at the Emirates Arena. She’s looking to attempt a ‘double double’ – a successful defence of her 1500m and 3000m titles from Belgrade two years ago – and her first final is the 3000m on Friday evening.

Opening night will be a busy one for Muir, with the 1500m heats taking place around two and a half hours before the straight 3000m final in which the competition will be fierce.

The multiple British record-holder will have team-mates Melissa Courtney and fellow Scot Eilish McColgan to contend with, not to mention Germany’s in-form Konstanze Klosterhalfen, who set a national indoor record and world-leading mark of 8:32.47 at the German Indoor Championships.

Women’s pole vault

Four of the entered athletes have cleared 4.81m or higher this season, with Russia’s Anzhelika Sidorova – competing as an authorised neutral athlete – top of the rankings thanks to her 4.91m clearance in Madrid.

Britain’s Holly Bradshaw is among those to have soared over 4.81m this year, that clearance being the 2018 European bronze medallist’s joint second best-ever after her British record of 4.87m from 2012, while Sweden’s Angelica Bengtsson and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou of Greece have also managed the mark.

Kyriakopoulou’s team-mate Katerina Stefanidi has struggled with illness this season but will be hoping to add to a medal haul which includes two European titles, an Olympic gold and world championships win, plus her European indoor title from two years ago.

Bradshaw knows the defending champion will offer a fierce challenge. “Kat Stefanidi is a really tough competitor,” said the Briton. “There’s a reason why she’s world, Olympic and European champion, she delivers when it matters.”

Men’s 1500m

Like Laura Muir, Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen could also make history this weekend as he too is entered for both the 1500m and 3000m.

Photo by Mark Shearman

The 18-year-old has impressed in his two outings so far this season, as he broke the world indoor under-20 1500m record with 3:36.21 in Nordenkampen and then improved that mark to 3:36.02 while beating the new world indoor record-holder Samuel Tefera at the IAAF World Indoor Tour final in Dusseldorf.

His brother Filip is entered for the 1500m, while Henrik joins his younger sibling Jakob in the 3000m.

Their 1500m rivals are set to include Poland’s defending champion Marcin Lewandowski and Britain’s Robbie Fitzgibbon, Elliot Giles and Neil Gourley, while GB will be represented in the 3000m by Andrew Butchart and Chris O’Hare, who will be looking to spoil any Ingebrigtsen party, plus Sam Atkin following the withdrawal of Charlie Da’Vall Grice through injury.

Pentathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s campaign to regain the European pentathlon crown starts with the 60m hurdles on Friday morning but the Briton won’t face her main rival as the reigning Olympic champion Nafi Thiam is out through injury.

Johnson-Thompson won her gold in Prague four years ago, with her 5000-point PB putting her second on the world all-time list. Since then she has also claimed the world indoor title in front of a home crowd in Birmingham and will be seeking more success on UK soil this time around.

Niamh Emerson, who joined Johnson-Thompson on the heptathlon podium at the Commonwealth Games, will line up alongside her team-mate in Glasgow, while the entry list also includes Austria’s Ivona Dadic and France’s Solène Ndama.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Tim Duckworth will be one to watch in the men’s heptathlon.

Men’s 60m hurdles

Britain’s reigning champion and world indoor gold medallist Andrew Pozzi had thought injury would prevent him from defending his title but he made a comeback with a fifth-place finish in Dusseldorf in a time of 7.67 and intends to build on that through the rounds in Glasgow.

Among his rivals will be the French trio of Pascal Martinot Lagarde, Wilhem Belocian and Aurel Manga, plus Spain’s Olympic 110m hurdles medallist Orlando Ortega, who leads the European rankings with 7.49, and Britain’s David King.

Women’s 60m

Asha Philip broke the British record with 7.06 when gaining gold in Belgrade two years ago and she’s back to defend her title after winning a sixth national indoor gold and clocking a season’s best of 7.12 in January. Joining her in Glasgow are her team-mates Rachel Miller and Kristal Awuah.

Photo by Mark Shearman

Poland’s Ewa Swoboda and Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland are the joint European leaders with a best of 7.08, while the competition will also include Netherlands’ two-time world champion Dafne Schippers, provided she has recovered from a recent fall.

Men’s 400m

Pavel Maslák is a three-time winner in this event, together with a three-time world indoor champion, but illness has denied him the chance to go for a fourth European title in Glasgow. The spotlight therefore turns to Norway’s reigning world and European 400m hurdles champion Karsten Warholm, who wasn’t initially planning to compete this weekend.

The 23-year-old broke his Norwegian indoor 400m record with 45.56 at the end of January and will now be looking to secure success on his major indoor championships debut.

Among those looking to deny the Norwegian will be Slovenia’s Luka Janezic, who has clocked 46.13 this year, and Spain’s Oscar Husillos, who has a season’s best of 46.37.

Cameron Chalmers, Alex Haydock-Wilson and Owen Smith will be running for the host nation and looking to make the most of the major stage and home support.

Timetable

All times are local time, GMT

DAY 1 FRIDAY MARCH 1 – MORNING

10:03 Long jump M Q
10:05 60m hurdles Pent W
10:20 400m M R1
10:45 High jump Pent W A/B
11:10 800m W R1
11:30 Shot M Q
11:50 1500m M R1
12:00 Triple jump W Q
12:25 400m W R1
12:30 High jump M Q
13:15 Shot Pent W
13:20 3000m M R1

DAY 1 FRIDAY MARCH 1 – EVENING

19:00 High jump W Q
19:02 Shot W Q
19:04 Long jump Pent W
19:06 Pole vault M Q
19:10 1500m W R1
19:48 800m M R1
20:25 Triple jump M Q
20:35  Shot M F
20:36  400m W SF
20:55 400m M SF
21:15 800m Pent W F
21:40 3000m W F

DAY 2 SATURDAY MARCH 2 – MORNING

10:00 Long jump W Q
10:03 Pole vault W Q
10:08 60m Hept M
10:25 60m M R1
11:13 60m W R1
12:02 60m hurdles M R1
12:05 Long jump Hept M
12:35 60m hurdles W R1

DAY 2 SATURDAY MARCH 2 – EVENING

18:00 High jump M F
18:02 Shot Hept M
18:06 800m W SF
18:10 Pole vault M F
18:25 800m M SF
18:50 60m W SF
19:20 60m M SF
19:47 3000m M F
19:50 High jump Hept M A/B
20:10 400m W F
20:22 400m M F
20:35 60m W F
20:50 60m M F

DAY 3 SUNDAY MARCH 3 – MORNING

10:00 Triple jump W F
10:06 60m hurdles Hept M
11:05 60m hurdles M SF
11:15 Pole vault Hept M
11:25 60m hurdles W SF
11:35 Long jump M F
12:20 Shot W F

DAY 3 SUNDAY MARCH 3 – EVENING

18:00 Long jump W F
18:05 Pole vault W F
18:10 60m hurdles M F
18:25 60m hurdles W F
18:57 800m M F
19:15 High jump W F
19:18 800m W F
19:35 Triple jump M F
19:37 1000m Hept M F
20:01 1500m M F
20:12 1500m W F
20:25 4x400m M F
20:40 4x400m W F

All sessions and timings correct at time of publication

TV guide

Fans in the UK can watch the action on the BBC:

Friday March 1
9:30-14:00, BBC Two
18:30-22:00, BBC Two

Saturday March 2
9:30-13:00, BBC Two
17:30-21:15, BBC Two

Sunday March 3
10:00-13:00, BBC Two
17:30-20:00, BBC Two
20:00-21:30, BBC Four

Top travel tips

Getting to Emirates Arena

The Glasgow 2019 venue is out of town and in fact directly across the road from Celtic’s Parkhead Stadium. There are several bus routes which serve it but the quickest and easiest way to get to the Emirates by public transport is almost certainly to take the train.

Travelling by train to the Emirates Arena is quick and easy, the quickest route going from Glasgow Central lower level to Dalmarnock. The journey takes around 10 minutes and then it is a 10-minute walk to the Arena. The nearest alternative station is Bridgeton, which is a 15-20-minute walk to the Arena. Bear in mind there is a limited Sunday service from Dalmarnock so check nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Eating and drinking

If you are looking to refuel between watching the sessions, there are not a huge range of food and drink options at the Arena but plenty of course in the city centre.

Alternatively, you could hop off or on the train one stop earlier than Glasgow Central at Argyle Street station, which will put you right next to the impressive Merchant City, an area which is bursting with a choice of places to eat and drink.

Merchant Square is well worth a look for its range of options, while Glasgow institution Café Gandolfi is highly recommended, though always busy. A little closer to Glasgow Central station is Paesano Pizza which serves – yes, you guessed it – excellent pizza. It’s always very popular for good reason.

Good coffee

If it’s good coffee and cake you’re looking for then the Merchant City has that too. Try Tinderbox on Ingram St, Spitfire Espresso or Gordon St Coffee right next to Glasgow Central Station is excellent as well.

Glasgow Green

Not far from the Merchant City lies Glasgow Green, the oldest park in the city, which sits right next to the River Clyde and where the 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon finished. It’s also where the Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run finishes every year.

It’s a great place for a run, a stroll, to take kids who might need to burn off some energy in the large playparks, or even have a beer at the superb West Brewery.

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