IAAF To Reallocate Six Indoor Championships In Birminghan

However, the feat was enough proof that will be among the men to watch in Birmingham.

The Olympic 5,000m silver medallist has a good track record in the indoor event, having clinched the world indoor 3,000m title in Istanbul in 2011 and bagged a silver at the world indoor event in Sopot, Poland, in 2013 when she came home second.

As a result these championships will only have 13 events for men and women. It is a really competitive event - the 60m hurdles indoors is always really tough but I am ready for the challenge'.

Jamaica won three medals - gold, silver and bronze - at the 2016 championships in the United States.

Bahamian Donald Thomas earned his place in Birmingham by winning the 2017 IAAF World Indoor Tour.

Flings, who is based in the US, has a personal best 7.18s (PB). Her season best in the 60m sprint heading into the championships is 7.35 secs. "This will be one of the biggest events on the athletics calendar and is sure to further enhance Glasgow's reputation as a world class destination for worldwide sporting events". All of Maria Lasitskene (high jump), Katerina Stefanidi (pole vault), Brittney Reese (long jump), Yulimar Rojas (triple jump), and Gong Lijiao (shot put) will be looking to add indoor golds to their outdoor versions. The championships are expected to welcome 600 athletes from over 45 countries, along with a total of 18,000 spectators during the three-day event. She will take just one day off to compete in Birmingham.

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Reese, meanwhile, has been in action but Ivana Spanovic (6.93m) has the season's best by five centimetres.

LIMERICK athlete Ciara Neville competes in the 60m heats at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham this Friday morning.

Genzebe Dibaba's mastery of the indoor oval continues. Dibaba will also attempt to claim the top step in the 1500m. Notable challengers include Kenyan-born American Paul Chelimo and Ethiopian trio of Selemon Barega, Hagos Gebrhiwet and Yomif Kejelcha.

Dibaba finished in 8 minutes, 45.05 seconds.

The 400m between 2000m and 2400m was run in 64.5 and Dibaba now had a small lead with Obiri, Klosterhalfen, Hassan and Muir the only likely challengers. If that is the case, then South Africa's Dominique Scott-Efurd - who is in red-hot form - could be a dark horse.

Coleman said: 'I don't want to be the next Usain Bolt, I want to be Christian Coleman and a few years from now maybe people will say, "Who will be the next Christian Coleman?"

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