Glasgow 2019 begins with a bang on Friday as Europe’s best and brightest make their bow in front of the Emirates Arena crowd.
Home favourites Laura Muir and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are both in medal contention in the 3000m and pentathlon respectively, while there will also be appearances from a number of other contenders including Pavel Maslak and Karsten Warholm.
Here are all the main talking points ahead of an exciting opening day of action.
Magic Muir starts double bid
Where else to start than with one of the poster girls of Glasgow 2019?
In Friday’s curtain call, Scottish middle-distance star Muir kickstarts her bid for a high-profile double in the women’s 3000m final.
— Laura Muir (@lauramuiruns) February 17, 2019
Fellow British athletes Melissa Courtney and Eilish McColgan lie in wait looking to spoil the party, as does talented German Konstanze Klosterhalfen, but Muir heads into the event in fine fettle having set a Scottish indoor record in the 800m and broken the British mile record in recent weeks.
Just as in 2012, when a number of top GB stars roared to gold in London, Muir will be hoping that home advantage proves telling in Glasgow.
KJT aims to pack pentathlon punch
2018 was a golden year for Johnson-Thompson, who swept to Commonwealth and World Indoor titles to make good on her obvious promise.
The challenge now for the Liverpool Harrier is to continue her winning habit into 2019, starting with European Athletics Indoor Championships.
The pentathlon action gets under way just after 10 o’clock with the 60m hurdles, with KJT and co then taking part in the high jump, long jump and shot put before the finale in the 800m.
And with European and Olympic champion Nafi Thiam not competing in Glasgow, Johnson-Thompson will fancy her chances of adding to her growing medal collection.
🚨 ONE WEEK TO GO! 🚨
— Glasgow 2019 Athletics (@Glasgow2019) February 22, 2019
Maslak & Warholm headline stellar 400m cast
Those fortunate enough to have tickets to Friday’s evening session will also witness several top-class 400m semi-finals as the continent’s best aim to make it into Saturday’s finals.
On the men’s side, World Indoor champion Maslak could renew his rivalry with jet-heeled Norwegian Karsten Warholm, while on the women’s Scottish athletes Eilidh Doyle and Zoey Clark will hope to make their mark in front of the Glasgow crowd.
Whatever happens, it promises to be compulsive viewing and one not to miss.