Competing on the same track that will host the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 in two weeks’ time, European indoor champions Asha Philip, Laura Muir and Andrew Pozzi took victories at the two-day British Indoor Championships, which concluded on Sunday (18).
More than usual is at stake at this year’s British Indoor Championships, coming as they are immediately before the national selectors decide on their team for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016.
Great Britain’s European 100m champion James Dasaolu will compete at the 2015 Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, in Birmingham on 21 February, the organisers announced on Wednesday (17).
World indoor silver medallist and all-round talent Katarina Johnson-Thompson focused on her favoured jumping events at the British Championships in Birmingham this weekend (27-29) and was rewarded with an outdoor long jump PB.
Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure, who first came to international attention when she won the silver medal two years ago in Istanbul, looked remarkably relaxed just before stepping into her blocks ahead of the sixth and final 60m heat and was blowing kisses to the crowd.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson has set her sights on the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, next month after a spectacular weekend at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield where she broke the national high jump record on Saturday (8) and added a championship record to win the long jump on Sunday (9).
The 2013 British Championships may have been missing the country’s three reigning Olympic champions, but the absence of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford from Birmingham was all but forgotten when James Dasaolu provided the biggest talking point of the event (12-14).
Great Britain’s Holly Bleasdale soared to the top of the 2013 Pole Vault world list with a clearance of 4.77m at the British Athletics European Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield on Saturday (9).