Double European indoor champion Laura Muir will lead a record-equalling 48-strong British team for Glasgow 2019 as the country’s best prepare to descend on the Emirates Arena.
The middle-distance runner enjoyed a storming weekend at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, breaking two British records in perfect preparation for the European Athletics Indoor Championships, taking place on March 1-3.
Muir will head to the Scottish city with two European indoor titles to defend, victorious across 1500m and 3000m the last time the Championships were held, in Belgrade two years ago.
She’s not the only Brit with crowns on the line, as Asha Philip and Andrew Pozzi look to repeat their Serbia achievements in the women’s 60m and men’s 60m hurdles respectively.
Pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw and pentathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson are both also European indoor gold medallists, from Gothenburg in 2013 and Prague in 2015.
Their selection completes a list of five European indoor champions selected, the most ever for Great Britain & Northern Ireland at a single edition of the event.
Eilish McColgan (3000m) and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (800m) – both medallists from Belgrade 2017 – are also selected, while Scotland’s most decorated athlete Eilidh Doyle (400m) is one of nine Scottish athletes competing on the home track of the Emirates Arena.
“We are delighted to have selected our biggest and strongest ever team for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, which is yet another major international championships for us on home soil,” said British Athletics performance director Neil Black.
“Competition for places has been fierce, the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships, where athletes are required to compete in order to earn selection, in particular were extremely competitive across several events and that high level of performances continued at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham.
“With the IAAF World Championships, and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, drawing ever closer, Glasgow is a great opportunity for our athletes to defend titles, win medals and show their quality on a major international stage.
“Once again, we have demonstrated that athletics is a truly equal sport by selecting more women than men with four of those 26 having won European indoor gold, while there are a further four who have medalled previously at the event.
“It is fantastic to have our biggest ever contingent of Scottish athletes for a major Championships in their backyard and we look forward to watching every single member of the team thrive in front of a home crowd.
“Glasgow is the last major championships before the IAAF World Championships in Doha later in the year and we expect to be extremely competitive.”
The event will also see ten British athletes make their major senior international debut, with Joe Reid (800m) becoming the first athlete from the Isle of Man to represent Great Britain & Northern Ireland at a major international athletics championships.
The British team selected for the European Indoor Championships Glasgow 2019:
60m: Ojie Edoburun
400m: Cameron Chalmers, Alex Haydock-Wilson, Owen Smith
800m: Guy Learmonth, Joe Reid, Jamie Webb
1500m: Robbie Fitzgibbon, Elliot Giles, Neil Gourley
3000m: Andrew Butchart, Charlie Grice, Chris O’Hare
60m Hurdles: David King, Andrew Pozzi
High Jump: Chris Baker
Long Jump: Feron Sayers
Triple Jump: Nathan Douglas, Julian Reid
4x400m Relay: Joe Brier, Cameron Chalmers, Alex Haydock-Wilson, Owen Smith, Thomas Somers
Heptathlon: Tim Duckworth
60m: Kristal Awuah, Rachel Miller, Asha Philip
400m: Amber Anning, Zoey Clark, Eilidh Doyle
800m: Shelayna Oskan-Clarke, Mari Smith, Adelle Tracey
1500m: Sarah McDonald, Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie
3000m: Melissa Courtney, Eilish McColgan, Laura Muir
High Jump: Morgan Lake
Pole Vault: Holly Bradshaw
Long Jump: Abigail Irozuru, Jazmin Sawyers, Jahisha Thomas
Triple Jump: Naomi Ogbeta
Shot Put: Sophie McKinna, Amelia Strickler
4x400m Relay: Amber Anning, Zoe Clark, Eilidh Doyle, Phillipa Lowe, Laviai Nielsen
Pentathlon: Katarina Johnson-Thompson