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Why Mo should keep with the marathon

Mo Farah was hoping for a faster time and a better placing in London on Sunday, but he certainly did not disgrace himself in a type of race which doesn’t play to his strengths.

Eventual winner Wilson Kipsang has dismissed Farah as a threat, and while he might never run 2:03 or 2:04 for the distance, is this something which motivates Mo, who was in shape to challenge Kenenisa Bekele’s world records on the track last summer?

Winning titles is what Mo does best, and Farah showed he has the respect and the knowledge for the distance which are prerequisites at the major championships, where testing conditions reward the shrewd runners who keep their cards close to their chest.

The marathon at the next Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will no doubt be a race of attrition where tactics – rather than time-trialing – will play a foremost part in the outcome. Atypical conditions at the major championships have also counted against the top-ranked Kenyans and Ethiopians in the past, who have struggled to acclimatise to the hot and humid conditions at sea-level.

Farah’s race-day tactic in London was high-risk, as they weighed heavily on the lead group blowing up, but the pace settled down through halfway while Farah ended up stuck in no man’s land.

He did close in on the stragglers from the lead group in the closing stages and finished within metres of Geoffrey Mutai, the world’s fastest marathon-runner, and course record-holder Emmanuel Mutai. Stephen Kiprotich, who has humbled the Kenyans and Ethiopians at two championships in a row, was much further back.

Farah has not made any plans for the rest of the year, but one thing which he made certain was this was by no means his last marathon. He might choose to defend his track titles at the Olympic Games, but the marathon in Rio de Janeiro might be the sort of race which could play to his advantage.


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Hopes and thoughts for 2014

*At least a few (if not all) household names of track and field compete at the Commonwealth Games. The organisers cannot be pleased with the reluctance of Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah to commit next July and one can’t help but feel the Commonwealth Games is living on borrowed time if it continues to fail to attract the world’s very best in the event’s marquee sport. Some of my formative memories of the sport are from the 2002 Commonwealth Games and an edition which matches Manchester for enthusiasm and attendance would act as a much needed shot in the arm for the Games.

*Thin entry-lists were the underlying theme of the European Championships two years ago but this won’t be the case in Zurich and many field events will be of world and Olympic standard. The men’s pole-vault, discus, women’s hammer and heptathlon will be among the highlights.

*The World Junior Champs might get a bit lost in the hubbub of the Commonwealth Games but the hallowed Hayward Field track in Eugene will no doubt host a superb edition. Top of the bill could be a clash between Mary Cain and Jessica Judd over 800m or 1500m (or why not both?!)

*Relays are sometimes thought of as a frivolous afterthought at major championships but they will take centre stage at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in the Bahamas. The UK 4x100m records are within the grasp of both the men’s and women’s quartets and an appearance of full-strength British teams next March might act as a good warm-up and a chance to run out the rust before an assault on the records later this summer.

*April 13 has for a long time been penned in Mo Farah’s diary as this is the date when he steps up to the marathon. The double world and Olympic champion is accomplished at the shorter road distances but this doesn’t guarantee a successful transition. Alberto Salazar will have no doubt considered every possible ramification though, as he prepares his charge for his much-awaited debut.

*Tirunesh Dibaba has also suggested she will make her debut in London and it will be interesting to see how she fares against the archetypal marathon-specialists, most likely including Priscah Jeptoo. The reigning champion broke away from Dibaba at the Great North Run but this race did come at the end of a long track season for the Ethiopian. 

*Jessica Ennis-Hill, David Rudisha and Yohan Blake were sorely missed from their respective events in 2013. Let’s hope they will all return with aplomb in 2014.

*The hammer to be introduced into the Diamond League programme for 2015. The IAAF’s intransigence to include it is unjustifiable.

*Drug busts to be kept at a minimum. Obviously it’s great cheats are getting caught but suffice to say, the high-profile positive drug tests of Veronica Campbell-Brown, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay didn’t do much to boost the sport’s fledgling image. One can only hope the ever-increasing militancy of the IAAF to catch cheats will prove a deterrent.

*Without any global outdoor championships on the calendar, let’s hope we get plenty of bona fide rivalries on the Diamond League circuit. Who wouldn’t love to see more Aregawi-Dibaba, Rollins-Pearson, Merritt-James and Bolt-Blake contests over the course of the summer? 

*Fast times and the commercial circuit take just as much precedence this year for many athletes and after a dearth of world records on the track last year, might we see one or two during the course of the Diamond League circuit? Bohdan Bondarenko and Zuzana Hejnova are among the most likely candidates to revise the world records in their respective events. 

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Will Britton complete a three-peat in Belgrade?

Senior women

Fionnuala Britton will be targeting an unprecedented third Euro XC title. The Irishwoman missed the track season with illness and while a seventh-place finish in Leffrinckoucke marked a solid return to international racing, it also suggested her form is not as good as last year when she finished third in the same pre-champs race. Her team are playing down her chances but Britton, the first European finisher at the World XC Champs in March, is still in good enough shape to challenge for a medal.

Ana Dulce Felix from Portugal has been making steady, if somewhat frustrating progress up the finishing order having placed fifth in 2009, followed by third in 2010 and second to Britton in the last two years. Felix, like Britton, might not be in her best form but she bounced back from a DNF in the New York Marathon with a runner-up finish in Tilburg. Could she go one better this year?

The GB women had a disappointing showing last year with no finishers inside the top-10 but in-form Gemma Steel, the commanding winner of the Trials at Sefton Park, will be in contention for another podium finish after winning bronze in 2011. She’s improved markedly since then and it isn’t unrealistic to suggest she could follow Paula Radcliffe and Hayley Yelling as the third British winner of this title.

Steel is flanked by a strong team including Stephanie Twell, Lauren Howarth and Julia Bleasdale who should put the British team in contention for the overall title.

France narrowly missed out on the team title to Ireland last year and their squad will feature in the battle for individual and team titles. Their squad includes Sophie Duarte, who finished ahead of Britton in Leffrinckoucke, last year’s fifth-placer Laurane Picoche and Clemence Calvin, who took a bronze medal in the under-23 race last year.

Other contenders include Belgium’s Almensh Belete, the winner on home-soil in Roeselare, the Italian duo of Nadia Ejjafini and Elena Romagnolo, former junior winner Karolina Bjerkeli Grovdal from Norway and Meraf Bahta from Sweden.

Senior men

The only past winner among the entrants is Alemayehu Bezabeh, the gold medallist in 2009 when he outlasted an exhausted Mo Farah, who memorably collapsed after crossing the line some seventeen-seconds in arrears.

Their careers have followed polar-opposite trajectories since that race in Dublin. While Farah has gone on to win five world and Olympic and three European track titles, Bezabeh was arrested as part of ‘Operation Galgo’ on the eve of the 2010 European Cross-Country Championships and soon banned for two years for attempted blood doping.

His two-year suspension expired this year and the Spaniard has since been competitive with some of the top East Africans at cross-country, finishing only nine-seconds adrift of world XC champion Japheth Korir in Atapuerca last month.

Andrea Lalli isn’t defending but Daniele Meucci, one of the most consistent European distance-runners of recent years, could ensure the title remains in Italy although whether he will be a factor might depend on how much he’s recovered from the New York Marathon last month.

Hassan Chahdi has finished fourth and second in the last two years and while his PBs on the track, such as 3:45.45 for 1500m and 13:51.66 for 5000m are modest, the Frenchman is an archetypal cross-country specialist who should not be discounted.

On the other hand, Polat Kemboi Arikan is an accomplished track exponent who has yet to prove himself as a cross-country runner. He was ninth over 10,000m at the Olympic Games last year but could only manage two places better a few months later in Budapest. Can he do better this time?

Andy Vernon, a medallist at under-23 and under-20 level, looked good at the European Trials and the solid under-foot conditions anticipated this weekend will play to his advantage while Tom Farrell, fresh from a decent showing at the NCAA Championships, is another GB contender in a wide-open race.

Bashir Abdi, a top-10 finisher last year and the winner in Roeselare this year, should be in the fray for medals along with Belgian team-mates Jeroen D’Hoedt and Soufiane Bouchikhi, while world 5000m finalist Sindre Buraas from Norway should also show at the front end of the race.

Under-23 women

The under-23 category was introduced to facilitate the transition from the juniors but the leading contenders would not look out of place in the senior race which does query the necessity of staging this race. Sifan Hassan, for example, boasts track PBs of 4:03.73 for 1500m and 8:32.53 for 3000m and a 30-second victory over two-time runner-up Ana Dulce Felix in Tilburg illustrates she almost certainly would have been the favourite against the seniors.

One athlete probably quite pleased with an under-23 race is home favourite and last year’s junior winner Amela Terzic. The European under-23 1500m champion and national record-holder at 4:05.69 might struggle with the seniors over 8km but this 6km race should be within the miler’s repertoire.

Charlotte Purdue and Lily Partridge both finished in the top-four at Sefton Park and they will be joined by NCAA third-placer Kate Avery. The team title is within their grasp and individual medals are also there for the taking.

Other names to watch are the German pair of Corinna Harrer and Gesa-Felicitas Krause and European under-23 10,000m champion Gulshat Fazlitdinova from Russia.

Under-23 men

Henrik Ingrebrigtsen, a world and Olympic 1500m finalist, ran a well-measured race to claim top honours last year and the Norwegian returns to defend his title.

His main rivals include European under-23 1500m champion Pieter-Jan Hannes from Belgium, European under-23 steeplechase champion Abdelaziz Merzoughi from Spain and last year’s junior runner-up and 8:27 steeplechaser Mitko Tsenov from Bulgaria.

Trials runner-up and renowned fast-finisher Jonny Hay will be a threat if in contention in the closing stages while Richard Goodman will be looking to win his second individual medal after taking silver In the junior race in 2011.

Under-20 women

Emelia Gorecka has said her form is better than it was at this point last year and arrives in Belgrade fully confident of signing off her illustrious junior career with a second title.

She filled the one void on her CV by winning a European junior track title over 3000m in Rieti and the 19-year-old faces the winners of the steeplechase Oona Kettunen from Finland and the 5000m Jip Vastenburg from the Netherlands.

Last year’s third-placer Maya Rehberg from Germany and fourth-placer Marusa Mismas from Slovenia, who both won medals in Rieti, will also be among the contenders this weekend.

Under-20 men

This should be a formality for Ali Kaya, one of Turkey’s newest imports from Kenya. He won the 10,000m in Rieti by exactly one-minute, front-running to a national junior record of 28:31.16 in tough conditions, before winning the 5000m by 47-seconds.

Top honours could also head to Turkey in the team race, as their squad is backed up by Suleyman Bekmezci, the runner-up to Jake Wightman in the 1500m in Rieti, and steeplechase bronze medallist Ersin Tekal.

The Dini twins, Samuele and Lorenzo, were distant runners-up in the 5000m and 10,000m respectively in Rieti and while Kaya’s margin of ascendancy might not be as formidable at cross-country, the Italians are more likely to be in the hunt for minor medals with Isaac Kimeli from Belgium, Alexandre Saddedine from France and Viktor Bakharev from Russia.

UK Trials winner Jonathan Davies will also be in the fray for individual medals. 

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Farah to bring house down

The British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham is widely regarded as the world’s premier indoor meeting and the gathering of global superstars for the 2013 edition confirms this accolade. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and Lerone Clarke will headline the sprint events while double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah rounds off the programme over 3000m.

12.47pm – women’s 400m national (world-lead 51.31, Ksenia Ustalova, UKA qualifying standard 53.25)

Margaret Adeoye has excelled over 200m this winter but the UK indoor champion will try her hand over twice the distance. She faces Laura Wake, Meghan Beesley and Christine Ohuruogu’s younger sister Victoria in what will be just her third ever indoor race at the distance.

12.55pm – men’s 400m national (WL 45.83, David Verburg, UKA 46.90)

This domestic race is always of a very high standard and the outcome will no doubt prove decisive in determining individual and relay berths for the European Indoor Championships. Richard Buck, the winner last year in a 45.88 PB, is in the line-up along with Jack Green who hasn’t raced since dislocating his shoulder in a collision on this track at the start of the month.

1.03pm – women’s pole-vault (WL 4.77m, Holly Bleasdale, UKA 4.50m)

Holly Bleasdale goes head-to-head with Olympic silver medallist Yarisley Silva from Cuba who cleared a national record of 4.76m in Donetsk on the same day Bleasdale won the UK Indoor Championships in a world-leading 4.77m. The two protagonists met for the first time this season in Moscow and Bleasdale prevailed with a 4.75m clearance to Silva’s 4.65m although Silva turned the tables on the Brit midweek in Bydgoszcz.

1.08pm – women’s long jump (WL 7.00m, Olga Kucherenko, UKA 6.65m)

Shara Proctor broke the UK indoor record in this arena last year with 6.80m and while the world indoor bronze medallist isn’t perhaps in this form just yet, the 24-year-old will be looking for a repeat victory as the field isn’t the strongest in the absence of the Russians who dominate the world-rankings. However, it does contain Melanie Bauschke from Germany whose recent indoor PB of 6.68m is more than 20cm in excess of Proctor’s season’s best of 6.44m.

1.13pm – men’s 60m heats (WL 6.51, Yuniel Perez, UKA 6.60)

Lerone Clarke has struggled to establish himself on the Jamaican team for global outdoor championships but the 31-year-old has excelled on the boards, winning this meeting last year in a Caribbean record of 6.47. Nesta Carter, who was a close second to his team-mate last year in a PB of 6.49, will be among his main rivals along with former world 100m champion Kim Collins. Last year’s final was devoid of British participation but Dwain Chambers should ensure domestic interest based on the sub-6.6 form he’s already displayed in 2013.

1.32pm – men’s 400m (WL 45.83, David Verburg, UKA 46.90)

The British pair of Nigel Levine and Richard Strachan have a great chance of making an impact on this race as Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos is yet to break 47-seconds indoors this year. However, Olympic bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon will be a danger and looks set for a fast season’s debut after a world-leading 200m of 20.60 last month.

1.42pm – women’s 60m hurdles (WL 7.78, Brianna Rollins, UKA 8.10)

Eline Berings’ withdrawal leaves Tiffany Porter with a great chance of grabbing a high-profile victory on home-soil as she’s the only hurdler to dip below the eight-second barrier in 2013. Danielle Carruthers, the runner-up to Jessica Ennis last year, is the fastest 100m hurdler in the field with 12.47 so cannot be disregarded.

1.52pm – women’s 60m heats (WL, 7.00, Murielle Ahoure, UKA 7.30)

The organisers have arranged a lip-smacking line-up headed by world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter and two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who will be racing indoors for the first time. However, considering Jeter’s defeat to Verena Sailer in Glasgow and Fraser-Pryce’s inexperience indoors, the pre-race favourite is arguably the American-based Ivorian Murielle Ahuore, who set the yardstick with a 7.00 world-lead last month and holds the six fastest times in the world in 2013.

2.11pm – men’s 1500m (WL, 3:34.78, Galen Rupp, UKA 3:42.00)

Sub-3:30 outdoor performer Silas Kiplagat boasts the impressive credentials but the world silver medallist will still need to run close to his indoor PB of 3:35.26 to ensure victory as team-mate Bethwel Birgen has already clocked a marginally faster time for the distance this winter. Also watch out for 18-year-old world youth champion Teshome Diressa from Ethiopia as he looks set for a breakthrough season.

2.21pm – men’s 60m hurdles heats (WL 7.50 Kevin Craddock and Sergey Shubenkov, UKA 7.65)

Despite the withdrawal of Olympic 110m hurdles champion and world record-holder Aries Merritt, the field is still of a very high calibre including the joint world-leaders Kevin Craddock and Sergey Shubenkov, and the world’s next fastest Omo Osaghae. Andy Pozzi, who pulled out of the trials final as a precaution, is also due to start.

2.36pm – men’s high jump (WL 2.37m, Mutaz Essa Barshim, UKA 2.29m)

Robbie Grabarz renews his rivalry with Aleksey Dmitrik, who looks set to be his greatest rival at the European Indoor Championships next month. The Russian beat Grabarz last month in Glasgow and has since set an indoor PB of 2.36m which is two centimetres in excess of Grabarz’s corresponding indoor lifetime best. However, Grabarz showed commanding form at the UK Indoor Championships with a 2.31m victory before two respectable attempts at 2.39m. Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov is also in the field although his form has fluctuated this winter and might not pose as much of a threat.

2.40pm – women’s 1500m (WL 4:02.25 Genzebe Dibaba, UKA 4:14.00)

Genzebe Dibaba won last year by more than eight-seconds and expect the Ethiopian to deliver another solo demonstration as a 4:02.25 world-lead in Karlsruhe shows she’s back in shape after a hamstring injury compromised her Olympic campaign. The field also contains world silver medallist Hannah England, who races for the first time in 2013.

2.50pm – men’s 60m final (WL 6.51 Yuniel Perez, UKA 6.60)

The world-leading mark currently stands at 6.51 to Yunier Perez from Cuba. Could we see the season’s first sub-6.50 clocking in the final?

2.56pm – women’s triple jump (WL 14.52m, Olha Saladuha, UKA 14.10m)

Despite having never surpassed 15m, Olha Saladuha from Ukraine has been the world’s leading exponent over the past two seasons and she confirmed this by opening her campaign with a world-leading 14.52m in Dusseldorf. The scrap for the minor placings looks set to be between the veterans including 2001 and 2003 world champion Tatyana Lebedeva, 2005 world champion Trecia Smith and reigning world indoor champion Yamile Aldama who turns 41 this summer.

3.03pm – women’s 3000m (WL 8:35.28 Meseret Defar, UKA 8:51.00)

Domestic interest in this race includes Eilish McColgan, Helen Clitheroe, Jessica Judd and UK indoor champion Lauren Howarth and they face a sold field including steeplechase specialists Ancuta Bobocel and Polina Jelizarova.

3.22pm – women’s 60m final (WL 7.00, Murielle Ahoure, UKA 7.30)

Only LaVerne Jones-Ferrette in 2010 has achieved a sub-seven second performance this millennium but this statistic might be revised based on the depth of the line-up. Even if this barrier proves elusive, the stadium and UK all-comers’ record of 7.04 does look ready for an improvement.

3.32pm – men’s 800m (WL 1:46.72, Kevin Lopez, UKA 1:48.00)

Abubaker Kaki races indoors for the first time since 2011 and with Matt Scherer on pacemaking duties, the modest world-leading mark of 1:46.72 should be within the world silver medallist’s grasp. All of the leading British athletes including UK indoor champion Joe Thomas, runner-up Mukhtar Mohammed and Olympic finalist Andrew Osagie are pencilled down to compete.

3.42pm – women’s 800m (WL 1:59.58, Yekaterina Kupina, UKA 2:03.50)

Jenny Meadows’ name is on the entry-list and if the reigning European indoor champion competes, this will be her first competitive outing since September 2011. She will come up against a field including Olympic bronze medallist Ekaterina Poistogova from Russia and UK outdoor champion Lysney Sharp.

3.53pm – women’s 400m (WL 51.31, Ksenia Ustalova, UKA 53.25)

Eilidh Child and Perri Shakes-Drayton have both displayed sharp form on the flat with indoor PBs of 52.06 and 52.13 respectively and the 400m hurdlers could take the scalps of some very good 400m flat specialists.

4.04pm – men’s 60m hurdles final (WL 7.50, Kevin Craddock and Sergey Shubenkov, UKA 7.65)

Merritt’s withdrawals means Colin Jackson’s stadium and UK all-comers’ record should last into 2014 but a revision of the world-leading mark should be an attainable target.

4.15pm – men’s 3000m (WL 7:32.87, Hagos Gebrhiwot, UKA 7:50.00)

Mo Farah only has two races on his itinerary for the time being and the first of them should be a formality as the field is comprised largely of domestic athletes. Frenchman Florian Carvalho could offer a modicum of opposition as he’s run sub-3:34 for 1500m but the double Olympic champion looks destined to make a winning start on the track where he’s set UK indoor records at 3000m, two-miles and 5000m. 

Published in Athletics Weekly on February 14

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Farah goes in the 3000m…but where’s the opposition?

A perennial bugbear of mine when it comes to British athletics meetings (well, apart from the Aviva hot-seat competition) is a persistent attitude of pandering to our star athletes by fielding watered-down line-ups to face them. Thankfully this is no longer as prevalent at the Diamond League meetings in London and Birmingham (probably because they can’t be as picky when drafting the entry-lists) but alas, on Saturday, we’ll see Mo Farah at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix in a spectacle which will probably be more akin to an exhibition than a race. He goes over 3000m and the field is largely comprised of domestic athletes, no doubt with the intention of safeguarding Farah to maximise the chances of a home victory.

I do understand the rationale of the meet organisers as I was at the National Indoor Arena last year and in truth, Farah’s defeat to Eliud Kipchoge was an anti-climactic curtain-closer, particularly after a succession of domestic triumphs throughout the afternoon including Jessica Ennis’ win in the 60m hurdles. While the sense of disappointment was palpable though, the race clearly demonstrated to the hardcore supporters Farah was in superb shape and able to challenge for gold medals at the Olympic Games. Running at a distance below his specialist event, Farah’s time of 8:08.07 had only been bettered Haile Gebrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele, Hicham El Guerrouj and other all-time greats and I’m sure Farah gained more from that race than he will up against a second-rate field on Saturday.

There does seem to be a clash of interests between the more fair-weather fans and the avid followers which is represented by the meagre field assembled for the last event of the afternoon on Saturday but the organisers could have come to some sort of middle ground and arranged a more competitive race. I’m aware Farah hasn’t raced since September and won’t be in tiptop shape but he can surely handle pretty much any sort of line-up you throw at him. He is the double Olympic champion after all. 

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An armchair fan’s guide to the indoor season

The indoor season won’t match the fever-pitch excitement of the Olympic Games but there’s more than enough intrigue to banish away any last remnants of the Olympic-induced blues. Here are five reasons why it’s worth following the indoor season.

Sprint clash set for Glasgow?

It hasn’t been officially confirmed but it seems two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will go head-to-head with world 100m champion Carmelita Jeter in a high-powered 60m clash. Jeter has confirmed her berth on the US team for the five-way international and while Fraser-Pryce hasn’t done so yet, she has told the press she is going to contest her first ever indoor season. Glasgow isn’t the fastest track on the circuit but a time close to seven-seconds might still be on the cards.

Top-class high jumping

Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz has committed himself to the British indoor events while the Moravia Tour has signed up world champion Jesse Williams and Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov for Hustopece (Jan 26) and Trinec (Jan 29). Global medallists Chaunte Lowe and Brigetta Barrett will also go head-to-head at the Millrose Games in New York on Feb 16.

Farah’s indoor appearance

The European Indoor Championships don’t feature in Mo Farah’s plans but the double Olympic champion will still have a run-out over 3000m at the British Athletics Grand Prix in Birmingham. Let’s hope the organisers – like last year’s two-miles race when Farah was beaten, albeit in a very fast time – will invite some other top-class athletes to really test his mettle.

Scandinavian showdown

The European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, promises to be an appetising hors d’oeuvres for the outdoor season with many top names expressing their intentions to compete. Britain finished fourth on the medal table in 2011 with eight medals and while this time next month will give us a better indicator to what we can expect from the British team, Holly Bleasdale, Shara Proctor, Yamile Aldama and Robbie Grabarz should all arrive in Gothenburg as bona fide medal contenders.

The hosts aren’t the force they were in the mid-2000s when the likes of Stefan Holm and Carolina Kluft headed their team but recent transferee Abeba Aregawi will come to the 1500m with real aspirations of marking her switch from Ethiopia with a gold medal for her adopted nation.

Top marks for NCAA students

The NCAA Indoor Championships might not grab the headlines in the UK but keep your eyes peeled for some eye-catching performances. When the world’s press was focused on the World Indoor Championships in 2010, Ashton Eaton set a world heptathlon record of 6499 and already this season, good marks have been set on the collegiate circuit. Brianna Rollins’ 7.78 60m hurdles – for example – probably won’t be matched on the European circuit this winter.

Key dates

Jan 26 – Glasgow

Confirmed athletes – Carmelita Jeter, Bernard Lagat, KCim Collins, Holly Bleasdale, Robbie Grabarz

Feb 2 – Karlsruhe

Confirmed athletes – Bernard Lagat, Yenew Alamirew, Renaud Lavillenie, Christian Reif, Ivet Lalova

Feb 2 – Boston

Confirmed athletes – Tirunesh Dibaba, Aries Merritt, Jenn Suhr, Galen Rupp, Dejen Gebremeskel

Feb 3 – Moscow

Confirmed athletes – Dwain Chambers, Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Holly Bleasdale, Anna Rogowska, Fabiana Murer

Feb 8 – Düsseldorf

Confirmed athletes – Christophe Lemaitre, Nevin Yanit, Ivet Lalova, Bjorn Otto, Timothy Kitum

Feb 9-10 – UK Indoor Championships

Feb 10 – Gent

Confirmed athletes – Tia Hellebaut, Kevin Borlee, Jonathan Borlee, Eline Berings, Svetlana Bolshakova

Feb 16 – Birmingham

Confirmed athletes – Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz, Holly Bleasdale, Fabiana Murer, Fionnuala Britton

Feb 16 – New York

Confirmed athletes – Jason Richardson, Brittney Reese, Jenn Suhr, Bernard Lagat, Duane Solomon

Feb 21 – Stockholm

Confirmed athletes – Abeba Aregawi, Fabiana Murer

March 1-3 – European Indoor Championships

March 1-3 – US Indoor Championships

Stats and facts

Men’s world indoor records and all-time lists

Women’s world indoor records and all-time lists

European indoor records and all-time lists

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