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Muir, Hodgkinson and Tsegay target records in Birmingham

Muir, Hodgkinson and Tsegay target records in Birmingham

World Indoor Tour Final at the Utilita Arena on Saturday could see some historic performances as many of the world’s best athletes gather

Laura Muir, Keely Hodgkinson and Gudaf Tsegay have records in their sights at the World Indoor Tour Final in Birmingham on Saturday (Feb 25).

Muir has Maria Mutola’s long-standing world 1000m record as a target, while Hodgkinson will be looking to revise her own UK record figures at 800m. In the 3000m, world indoor 1500m record-holder Gudaf Tsegay attack’s Genzebe Dibaba’s 3000m mark.

A number of world-class international stars will descend on the Utilita Arena for the event, such as world champions Shericka Jackson and Grant Holloway. For many of the domestic athletes, though, it will offer the final competitive opportunity before the European Indoor Championships starts in Istanbul on March 2.

READ MORE: British team for Istanbul

Records aside, one of the most anticipated events on the programme is the women’s 60m, featuring Jackson plus Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita. And, who knows, maybe the UK record will fall again.

A capacity crowd will be there to watch the action unfold with live coverage on BBC iPlayer, website and red button. Keep an eye on the AW social media channels as well for live updates and behind-the-scenes news.

13:35 – Para 60m races

Paralympic 100m champion Thomas Young heads the field in the men’s 60m which also includes UK champion Kevin Santos and Zac Shaw.

13:47 – Women’s pole vault

European champion Wilma Murto of Finland, 2016 Olympic gold medallist Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, former Commonwealth champion Alysha Newman of Canada and Tina Šutej of Slovenia will aim to entertain the Birmingham crowd.

13:51 – Men’s 60m final

This domestic dust-up includes Jeremiah Azu, Adam Gemili, Jona Efoloko, Adam Thomas, Charlie Thomas and Ojie Edoburun, although Reece Prescod has withdrawn ahead of Istanbul.

14:00 – Men’s high jump

Commonwealth champion Hamish Kerr of New Zealand returns to the scene of his triumph last summer. Rivals include British champion Will Grimsey.

14:03 – Women’s 60m heats

One of the highlights of the meeting as Brits Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita lock horns. Asher-Smith broke the UK record earlier this season with 7.04 but Neita’s best in recent weeks is only one hundredth of a second slower. But watch out for world 200m champion Shericka Jackson of Jamaica, European 100m gold medallist Gina Luckenkemper of Germany and former European…

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