World Indoor Championships preview

Mar 06, 2018, 02:05
World Indoor Championships preview

What a start to the track programme at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham on Thursday evening, with a tremendous 3000m race and atmosphere heightened by a top British athlete in the thick of the battle for medals.

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Not as fully loaded as the 3000m, from which Muir emerged to take her first global medal, but extremely high calibre nonetheless, led by Genzebe Dibaba, the world record holder at the distance, and Sifan Hassan, the reigning indoor world champion. "I can't describe the feeling, it's brilliant". "I tried for the silver but I'm over the moon given the calibre of athlete in that race". Other British athletes who have ambitions of adding to the medal tally are Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Andrew Pozzi in the 60m hurdles and both Dina Asher-Smith and CJ Ujah over 60m.

Genzebe Dibaba's mastery of the indoor oval continues.

She has always been earmarked as the leading home hope in the post-Mo Farah years, and that was supported with European indoor golds at 1500m and 3000m last year.

Her main rivals are also in good shape too with current Olympic and World champion Ekaterini Stefanidi from Greece clearing 4.83m recently and the American trials producing medal performances of 4.91m, 4.86m and 4.81m.

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Unbeaten over 5000m outdoors in 2017, Obiri finished fourth in 8:49.66, one place ahead of reigning United States of America indoor 1500m and 3000m champion Shelby Houlihan, who ran a strong last lap to finish fifth in 8:50.38, overhauling Ethiopia's Fantu Worku (8:50.54) and Klosterhalfen (8:51.79) in the final 200m. She will take just one day off to compete in Birmingham.

"It has not been an easy decision but I have therefore chosen to withdraw from the world indoor championships". With Defar now retired from the track, the East African nation surprisingly chose junior Fantu Worku rather than 2016 runner-up Dawit Seyaum as their second option. "I know I've been there or thereabouts - it was about time I got on the podium". I knew I had to build it up but react when I had to. That's why I wasn't definite about doing the double initially.

"The world stage is completely different, running against the Africans, but I have shown I can definitely mix it with them and come up with the goods".

"The week after indoors I'm with the small-animal hospital next week with the ophthalmologist and also specialist dermatology as well". I think this has prepared me so well for the Commonwealth Games as well.

Twenty-one year old world 100 metres silver medallist Christian Coleman is one of their marquee names, having staked a growing claim to the position of world's most paramount sprinter following the departure of Usain Bolt with two world best timings over 60m this indoor season - with a startling 6.34sec now awaiting official status as a record.

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