An intense weekend ahead for Great Britain's best track and field athletes as they prepare for their qualifications for IAAF World Championships, Doha 2019.
Sprinters going for glory
Across the events, athletes will be hoping to register performances above and beyond their personal bests. In the short sprints, Dina Asher-Smith and Beth Dobbin will be aiming to defend their British crown over the 100m and 200m respectively. With top athletes such as Imani Lansiquot, Daryll Neita and Jodie Williams competing to attain the World Championships standard, the fight for medals and automatic qualifying spots will be fierce in both distances.
Over in the 400m, Laviai Nielsen will be striving to put on a dominant display to match her number 1 UK ranking after a 50.83 personal best clocking at the London Anniversary Games. A top-two position at the trials will guarantee her a place on the individual event for the first time in her career at a World Championships after a stunning silver medal in the 4x400m two years ago.
Fine margins in the middle distance events
Lynsey Sharp’s recent Diamond League performances suggest that she is in fine form this season. Alongside her, sub-2 minute runners, Sheylana Oskan-Clarke and Alexandra Bell will be amongst the athletes also pursuing an automatic qualification spot in the 800m.
In the absence of Laura Muir, who recently sustained a calf injury, Sarah McDonald will aim to show her strength in the 1500m after a superb personal best over two laps. She is likely to face intense competition from the 800m/1500m European U23 champion Jemma Reekie who claimed a silver medal in this event last year.
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Field athletes to shine at the British Championships
After leaping to a 6.75m long jump World Championships standard, Abigail Irozuru will have her sights set on a top-two finish against a strong field for an automatic qualifying spot to Doha. While in the Triple Jump, Noami Ogbeta, with a personal best of 14.15 set last year, will be chasing the standard of 14.20 or a top-two finish to be a step closer to qualification.
In the high jump, Katarina Johnson-Thompson will go head to head with Morgan Lake for the number one spot. Johnson-Thompson is set to have a busy weekend as she tests her strength in several events before the heptathlon at the World Championships.
The British Athletics Championships and World Trials takes place on August 24th - 25th.News Now - Sport News