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.
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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!
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.
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 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.