With the Olympics on the horizon, which UK hopefuls will be looking to start the 2020 season in style?
Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow 2020, Saturday 15 February, 1.15pm, BBC One HD (CH 101/108)
Is it really another Olympic year? Yes, yes it is. But before the planet’s top athletes descend on Tokyo this summer, there’s still time for them to lay down a marker at the world’s top-ranked indoor event.
This Saturday, Glasgow’s Emirates Arena will be rocking when the Müller Indoor Grand Prix comes to town. With it being such a vital date in the athletics calendar, you can expect to see a host of international star names taking part before they pack their suitcases, make sure their phones are fully charged, and head to Japan later this year.
Featuring events across both track and field, this action-packed afternoon is sure to have an impact on the mindsets of those looking to achieve sporting immortality in the summer. But who are the British stars expected to shine in front of a raucous home crowd?
Here are the contenders to keep an eye on when the drama gets under way…
The roof of Glasgow’s Emirates Arena will be blown clean off when Scotland’s own Laura Muir takes to the track this weekend. It was at this same venue last year that the 26-year-old won 1,500 metre and 3,000 metre gold at the European Indoor Championships – and our ears are still ringing. Muir will be heading to Glasgow with the intention of breaking Maria Mutola’s 1,000 metre world record, which has stood for 20 years. Can she do it? You’d be a fool to bet against this home favourite.
Part of the quartet that won 4x100 metre silver at last year’s World Championships in Doha, Kilty has claimed he and his teammates have their eyes on gold at Tokyo. The USA may have something to say about that, but we admire his chutzpah. While the 30-year-old sprinter, nicknamed the “Teesside Tornado”, has been integral to British relay success down the years, he hasn’t clinched a major individual medal since 2017.
She only went and did it! Johnson-Thompson took a major step towards sporting greatness last year when she won heptathlon gold at the World Championships for the very first time. This was no ordinary triumph. Johnson-Thompson not only blew fierce rival Nafissatou Thiam out of the water, she did it by breaking the British record with a score of 6,981 points. Hungry for more glory, success in Glasgow would give the 27-year-old scouse sensation the perfect springboard ahead of her big push for Olympic gold.
Don’t ever accuse this middle-distance runner of not being committed to reaching Tokyo. Last year, 26-year-old Webb put his career as a chemistry teacher on ice in order to focus all of his attention on being part of Team GB for this summer’s Games. An 800 metre silver medallist at last year’s European Indoor Championships, Webb will be keen to stay in contention for the Olympics by dishing out a few lessons to his rivals this weekend.
Last season was a tumultuous one for hurdler Pozzi. A change of coach and a move to Italy looked to herald a new phase of the former World and European Indoor champion’s career, only for serious injury to provide a major setback towards the end of the campaign. But that was then. The 27-year-old is back and raring to go, and this weekend’s event in Glasgow represents a great opportunity for him to remind everyone of his talents.
When is the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow 2020 on?
You can follow the action from Glasgow’s Emirates Arena from 1.15pm on Saturday 15 February on BBC One HD (CH 101/108).
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