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Megan Keith and Patrick Dever aim for Olympic 10,000m selection

Megan Keith and Patrick Dever aim for Olympic 10,000m selection

In-form Brits hope to earn their ticket to Paris at a Night of the 10,000m PBs which features 2023 men’s winner Paul Chelimo of the United States

The Night of the 10,000m PBs on Saturday (May 18) doubles up as the British Olympic trials this year but its reputation for fast times and a fantastic atmosphere has attracted athletes from all over the world.

Runners will descend on Parliament Hill in north London from as far afield as Argentina, Japan, Burundi, Uganda, Australia, Mexico, Djibouti and beyond – and that’s just the two ‘championship 10,000m races’ alone. This year’s event also sees a large number of American athletes in search of Olympic qualifying times, including 2023 men’s winner Paul Chelimo, although last year’s surprise women’s winner, Mizan Alem of Ethiopia, is not down to defend her crown.

The popular event is being staged for the 10th time this weekend with spectators able to watch for free or, for those unable to make it, live streaming via BBC, European Athletics and On Running.

Races start at 2.30pm building to a crescendo with young athletes’ 800m events in the early part of the evening and then the women’s championship 10,000m at 8.30pm and men’s championship 10,000m at 9.25pm, by which time you can expect a chill in the air although athletes will be hoping for as little wind as possible. What’s more, the newly-laid track, which enjoyed its official opening a few weeks ago, should help the athletes fulfil their potential.

The Olympic selection targets are 27:00.00 for men and 30:40.00 for women. For the Brits, Eilish McColgan and Megan Keith already have the qualifying time, although only the latter is due to run on Saturday with the GB team for Paris picked on July 1.

The Olympics aside, there is also the chance for European Championships qualification with the standards of 27:50.00 and 32:00.00 ahead of the event in Rome next month.

In the women’s race all eyes will be on Keith to see if she can improve on the 30:36.84 she ran at The Ten in California earlier this year. As the European under-23 cross-country and 5000m gold medallist already has the qualifying time for Paris, she will be aiming to at least finish one of the top two Brits home in order to secure automatic Olympic selection.

Eilish McColgan also has the qualifying mark with 30:00.86 from 14 months ago but she is not due to race on Saturday following a careful comeback from an injury-hit 2023.

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