Belgrade 2017 Diaries: Shaping to be very competitive

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Klishina_Darya1-EuroInd13.jpgDarya Klishina, photo by PhotoRun.net

BELGRADE NEWS

BELGRADE (SRB): From pre 2015 Euroindoor champions competing this year will be 7 winners from Goteborg 2013 (Maslak, Kszczot, Ibrahimov, Kolasinac, Talay, Beitia and Klishina), from Paris 2011 five winners (Kszczot, Svoboda, Povkh, Rosolova, Klishina), from Torino 2009 Estonian Ksenija Balta, from 2007 Birmingham Susanna Kallur and Andrew Howe and from 2005 Madrid only Kallur.

BELGRADE (SRB): At the end at European indoors 48 countries will participate. It is the second biggest number at European Indoor Championships, Prague 2015 had 49. Not competing from EA members apart of Russia are Liechtenstein and Kosovo.

BELGRADE (SRB): Head of European Indoors LOC, former top 400 m runner Slobodan Brankovic is also now Director of Serbian Athletics Federation. Until now he was the general secretary. Apart of this he is also Vice President of Balkan Athletics.

BELGRADE (SRB): The youngest participant at Euroindoors is Armenian female 60 m runner Gayane Chiloyan, currently 16 years old. Italian triple jump legend Fabrizio Donato is the oldest with 40 years. He will be also the oldest ever competitor at European Indoors in men triple jump.

BELGRADE (SRB): Spanish high jump star Ruth Beitia and Slovak triple jumper Dana Veldakova will compete for 8th time at the European Indoors this weekend and that is the highest number from all competitors this year.

MOSCOW (RUS): RusAF informed TASS agency that the federation will not support financially the participation of Darya Klishina in Belgrade. She is the only one Russian athlete competing as neutral athlete in Serbia.

BELGRADE (SRB): British Athletics have named 25-year-old multi-eventer Ashley Bryant as captain of its team at the European Athletics Indoor Championships. "It's an absolute honour to be chosen as Captain of such a strong team heading out to Belgrade," said Bryant, whose fifth-place in Amsterdam last year was the highest finish by a Brit in the decathlon at the European Athletics Championships since 1986 British Athletics also announced that Katarina Johnson-Thompson has withdrawn from the team and will not travel to Belgrade on Wednesday morning. The pentathlon winner 2015 was scheduled to compete in long jump.

BELGRADE (SRB): Most of the teams were arriving on Wednesday to Belgrade. They were able to train in the warm-up hall, official training in Kombank Arena will be held on Thursday.

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