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Kilty and Pozzi confirmed for Loughborough International

European champions Andrew Pozzi and Richard Kilty have both been added to the startlist for Sunday'sLoughborough International Athletics match.

Kilty had another stellar indoor season, defending his European 60m crown in Belgrade in March and will now look to transfer that speed to the 100m and 200m. With all eyes on the London 2017 World Athletics Championships this summer, the 'Teeside Tornado', who boasts a 100m personal best of 10.01 from 2016, will be looking to get his outdoor season off to a flying start.

What's more, Kilty's fiancé Dovilė Dzindzaletaitė will also return to triple jump action following the birth of their son Richard junior last year. The Lithuanian is the reigning European U23 champion.

Pozzi, who celebrates his birthday today, took his first international title in Belgrade in a thrilling final. Taking on truly world class opposition, the 24 year old held his nerve after a number of false starts to edge out the reigning champion and Olympic fourth placer Pascal Martinot-Lagarde by 0.01 of a second.

Stepping up from the 60mH to the 110mH, the Loughborough University based hurdler will hope to build on his Rio 2016 performance this summer, having just missed out on a place in the final.

Also confirmed for #LIA2017 are male and female Great Britain 4x100m quartets, fresh from a relay camp in Portugal. They will add some real stardust to the programme, especially as the events will be held early in the programme, rather than in their traditional slot at the end of the day.

Further information and tickets can be found here: www.loughboroughsport.com/lia2017

Jess-Judd-Inter-Counties-1250x750.jpgJessica Judd wins Intercounties, from Athletics Weekly

LOUGHBOROUGH (GBR): Former world U20 800m silver medallist Jessica Judd is "interested" in competing at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala after winning the British Trials in Loughborough, informs Athletics Weekly. "I'd be interested. You can never turn down a senior vest, really, but I'll sit down with my dad and talk it through. It's still up in the air, I guess, as I don't know if they're going to send a (women's) team," she said. However, men's winner Andy Vernon has ruled out competing in Kampala, preferring to focus on a spring half marathon ahead of the track season.

Muir_LauraSF1a-Rio16.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net
Muir is helping ticket sales
LONDON (GBR): Two-time European indoor champion Laura Muir has sparked a huge rush for tickets for this summer's IAAF World Championships London 2017 (04-13 August) following her stunning double gold medal win in Belgrade. Muir said: "I am really looking forward to London and to see that so many people are interested in my events is great for my confidence. I believe my confidence is showing in my performances and I was delighted to come away with two golds at the European Indoor Championships. Doing so many races back to back was great with a view to the IAAF World Championships in London and I can't wait to put in the hard work and see what I can achieve in front of a massive home crowd." The platform has already proved a huge success with 5,346 sales made from genuine athletics fans to other genuine athletics fans since tickets for all sessions across both Championships officially went back on sale at 10am on Wednesday 8 March. From a release by the organisers.
RunBlogRun: Laura Muir is the real thing. Her victories in the 1,500 meters and 3000 meters were entirely different races, and I find that comforting. Running out from 1200 meters in the 1,500 meters, Laura Muir put herself on the line way out, something she should not do in London 2018. She was rewarded with a Championship Record in the 1,500m, taking the one and only Doina Melinte, (Olympian in 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992) off the record books. In the 3000 meters, Laura Muir followed the swift running of Yasemin Can, and then, took off with one kilometer to go, gutting it out to an 8:35, a second CR. Muir is quoted as noting she will run the 1,500m and 5,000m in London. The track nerd British crowd will go absolutely bonkers with Laura and Mo, among others. My suggestions to British track fans: give up two cases of London Pride and you can get a few sessions.

Asher_Dina-LondonDL15.jpgDina Asher-Smith, photo by PhotoRun.net

LONDON (GBR): European 200m champion Dina Asher-Smith is aiming to return to the track in time for the Muller Anniversary Games in London on 9 July ahead of the World Championships, informs British Athletics. "I want to do well at the IAAF World Championships and the Müller Anniversary Games is a key part of my preparations this year. I will face the best athletes in the world in my final race in the Olympic Stadium before heading into the holding camp," she said. Asher-Smith is currently out of action and on crutches after breaking a bone in her foot in a freak training accident earlier this month. "I can't be too angry, accidents happen. I've done it with enough time to make a full recovery and get some training before the outdoor season. It is a better time to happen than May."

I enjoy my trips to Birmingham, England. Besides amazing curry, and great track meets, I get to see some dear friends. As there was no 2016 meet (meet moved to Glasgow for one year), I was happy for the short trip to Birmingham from February 15-20.

Here is what I observed at the meet!

642615188.jpgMo Farah, celebrating his 5000m ER/NR, photo: Getty Images/British Atheltics

Coe-Muir-Zurich16.jpgTwo of Great Britain's finest athletes: Lord Coe and Laura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

European Indoor records Muir and Farah
BIRMINGHAM (GBR, Feb 18): The Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham was highlighted by two European records in the distance events. On her 1000m debut, Laura Muir moved to second on the world indoor all-time lists behind Maria Mutola with 2:31.93. Her 800m split of 2:00.56 was just shy of her outright PB (2:00.42) and Lynsey Sharp's Scottish indoor record of 2:00.30. Kate Grace was second in 2:36.97 while Sanne Verstegen broke Ellen van Langen's Dutch record with 2:38.72 in third. Mo Farah closed his indoor career by ending the programme with victory in the 5000m in 13:09.16 to break Bob Tahri's European record of 13:11.13 (Farah ran 13:10.60 in 2011 but that mark wasn't ratified). In her only indoor race of the season, Elaine Thompson sped to a world-leading 60m mark of 6.98 to move to equal seventh on the world indoor all-time lists, just missing Merlene Ottey's Jamaican record of 6.96 while Andy Pozzi lowered his world-leading time in the 60m hurdles down to 7.43. Another highlight was the women's 3000m with Hellen Obiri breaking her Kenyan record of 8:29.41 ahead of Sifan Hassan (8:30.76) who broke Elly van Hulst's long-standing Dutch record. Casimir Loxsom (1:46.13 WL) and Joanna Jozwik (2:01.12) claimed wins over 800m while Ben Blankenship won the 1500m 3:36.42 WL ahead of Ryan Gregson in an Australian record of 3:36.50. Elsewhere, there were 400m wins for Zuzana Hejnova in 51.77 ahead of Laviai Nielsen in an outright 51.90 PB while Pavel Maslak won the men's 400m in 45.89 ahead of former Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos (46.16). Ronnie Baker won the 60m flat in 6.55 from Kim Collins (6.58) while Christine Manning took another high profile win in the 60m hurdles in 7.83 from Sharika Nelvis (7.94) and Sally Pearson (7.96). Olympic pole vault champion Ekaterini Stefanidi overcame a cold to win with 4.63m and Lorraine Ugen won the long jump with 6.76m from Jazmin Sawyers an indoor 6.71m PB. Elsewhere, wins for Anita Marton (18.97m shot), Godfrey Mokoena (7.99m long jump) and Erik Kynard cleared a season's best of 2.31m to beat Robbie Grabarz (2.28m).

RunBlogrun opines: Muller Indoor Grand Prix has been, for the past decade, been one of the top, if not the top indoor global single day meeting in our sport. The stadium is superb, the crowd is involved, and the orchestration of the races, from a nice build to a huge finish, always leaves me wanting more. With Laura Muir's third NR and second Euro record of season, plus Mo Farah's farewell indoor race, the day was set. Watch for my five lessons from Birmingham later tonight! Off for some curry.

Elaine Thompson is the double Olympic sprint champion from Rio. She ran aamzingly well in Birmingham, with a stadium record, 6.98.

Stuart Weir, one of our favorite writers, wrote this piece on Elaine Thompson. We think you will enjoy the Jamaican super star.

Thompson_ElaineFL-Lausanne16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Chelimo-Gebrhiwet-FarahLastT1-Rio16.jpgAhmad, Chelimo, Gebrhewit, Farah, the final turn for 5000 meters, Rio 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

Merritt_AriesQ1a-OlyTr16.jpgAries Merritt, photo by PhotoRun.net

Andrew Pozzi 7.44.jpgAndrew Pozzi, courtesy of British Athletics

Thompson_Elaine200FHL1-OlyGames16.jpgElaine Thompson, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir_LauraSF1a-Rio16.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Superb fields for Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): A total of five Rio Olympic champions will be among 25 current global medallists competing at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday (final of IAAF World Indoor Tour), informs organisers. The programme is rounded off with the 5000m featuring Mo Farah in perhaps the last indoor race of his career while other Olympic champions in action include Elaine Thompson (60m), Dalilah Muhammad (400m), Ekaterini Stefanidi (pole vault) and Jeff Henderson (60m and long jump). In-form Laura Muir will be chasing Kelly Holmes' British 1000m record of 2:32.96 while world-leader Andy Pozzi faces world 110m hurdles record-holder Aries Merritt in the 60m hurdles.

RunBlogRun Opines: The final stop of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, the Muller Indoor GP is one of my favorite meetings around the world. The City of Birmingham is this wonderfully diverse city in Great Britian, with art, music, sports and history all in one place. The Muller Indoor Grand Prix is sold out nearly each and every year, and it features the best of the world of athletics plus great support for the finest and the newest in British athletics. Watch for our live coverage!

Muir_LauraSF-Rio16.jpgLaura Muir, photo by PhotoRun.net

Muir 8:26.41 EIR

KARLSRUHE (GER, Feb 4): Laura Muir broke Liliya Shobukhova's 11-year-old European indoor 3000m record at the Indoor Meeting in Karlsruhe. Muir stopped the clock at 8:26.41 to move to fifth on the world indoor all-time lists behind Ethiopians Genzebe Dibaba (8:16.60), Meseret Defar (8:23.72), Meselech Melkamu (8:23.74) and Sentayehu Ejigu (8:25.27). Hellen Obiri improved her Kenyan indoor record to 8:29.46 with Axumawit Embaye fading to third in 8:49.52. There was another impressive British winner in the 60m hurdles with Andrew Pozzi winning the final in a 7.44 world-lead (after clocking a 7.49 world-lead in the heats) ahead of Orlando Ortega (7.59) and Petr Svoboda (7.63). Keni Harrison overcame a stumble in the 60m hurdes heats to win in 7.93 before dominating the final in 7.76 (just outside her 7.75 world-lead) ahead of Cindy Roleder (7.90) and Sally Pearson (7.91) on her season's debut. Dina Asher-Smith equalled the world-lead in the 60m heats with 7.13 but had to settle for second in the final behind Jamaica's Gayon Evans on her European indoor debut, 7.14 to 7.15. Elsewhere on the track: wins for Eric Sowinski (1:46.80) and Joanna Jozwik (2:01.26) in the 800m and Silas Kiplagat (3:38.51) in the 1500m. Highlight on the in-field was a 4.67m clearance from Germany's Lisa Ryzih in the pole vault while Christina Schwanitz went out to 18.41m to defeat Dusseldorf winner Anita Marton 18.34m in the shot put. 20-year-old Pavel Seliverstau cleared 2.30m in the high jump (official WL) while Godfrey Mokoena went out to 8.05m in the long jump.

RunBlogRun Opines: Laura Muir now owns British records (and Scottish records) at 1,500m outdoors, 3000m indoors and 5,000m indoors. She is letting her feet do the talking. Looking forward to seeing her race in Europe soon.

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