The great and the good of European athletics were in action over the weekend as preparations continue apace for Glasgow 2019.
Once again, Europe excelled on the world stage, with one British star roaring to a world-leading time in Germany.
And with the big kick-off in Scotland a little over a month away, a host of stars returned to the track in a bid to step up their fitness.
Here are the big talking points from the weekend’s racing.
Philip delivers statement of intent in Dortmund
The outstanding performance of the weekend came in Dortmund, where Asha Philip stormed to a world-leading time of 7.12 seconds in the 60m.
One of six British gold medalists at Belgrade 2017, Philip is pencilled in to defend her title in Glasgow at the start of March.
On this evidence, she’ll take some beating.
Scottish stalwarts mount comeback
The road to Glasgow starts now for Andrew Butchart.
Plagued by a foot injury sustained last February, the Scot finally returned to action in an IAAF indoor meet in Boston – ideal timing for his home games.
What followed was an impressive opening display of the year from Butchart, who finished fourth in the 3000m ahead of fellow countryman Chris O’Hare.
Also on the comeback trail in the United States was 2012 European Indoor champion Lynsey Sharp.
Competing in the 600m, Sharp finished second as she stepped up her bid for a second title in Glasgow.
Lake equals British record as Johnson-Thompson also shines
A hugely successful weekend for British athletics was made even better by Morgan Lake’s feats in the Czech Republic.
High jumper Lake produced a superb leap of 1.97m to equal Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s national record.
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) January 26, 2019
Not to be outdone, though, World Indoor pentathlon champion Johnson-Thompson ran a season’s best 8.40 in the 60m hurdles in Miramas, France, as well as clearing 1.93m in the high jump.
Ombissa-Dzangue conquers European rival in Paris
Home advantage proved telling for French sprinter Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue as she edged the battle of the Europeans at the Meeting de Paris.
After posting a lifetime best of 7.24 in the 60m heats, Ombissa-Dzangue then eclipsed more illustrious rival Mujinga Kambundji to take first in the final.
The Swiss, who took bronze at the World Indoor Championships last year, will no doubt look to set the record straight in Glasgow in what could be one of the compelling clashes of the games.