Glasgow is basking in the glow of Friday night’s gold rush and the magical feeling that engulfed the Emirates on opening day spilled over into a super Saturday morning’s action.
The sprinters took over the centre of track with 60m and 60m hurdles across both men’s and women’s fields whirring into action.
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And the cream really rose to the top, reigning champions Ivana Spanovic, Katerina Stefanidi, Asha Philip and Richard Kilty demonstrating their class with imperious heat performances.
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Laura Muir showed everyone what home advantage truly means with a sublime, fatigue-defying 3000m blowout victory last night.
But at the last European indoors back in Belgrade it was Spanovic who stole the show, her 7.24m jump sending the home crowd wild and setting a world-lead in the process.
The Serbian has been gradually building up her distance this season, on the comeback trail from the injury that saw her sidelined for the European outdoor Championships last summer.
She was peerless in the heat, going out to 6.79m on her very first jump to automatically secure qualification for Sunday’s final – set to be a stormer with Malaika Mihambo stalking the pit.
Laugh out loud
Sometimes we all need to take a moment, unplug and snuggle up with a good book – and don’t think Europe’s elite athletes are any different.
When Britain’s Abigail Irozuru jumped 6.50m to go eighth in the long-jump rankings, with a nervous wait to see if she was bumped out of the final, a literary lie-down seemed the only option.
It turned out she was checking out well-known adventurer Ant Middleton’s latest tome, First Man In, recommended to her by coach Nicholas Jones.
Question is – will Sunday’s final-day denouement be love story or chilling horror?
Sprinters take centre stage
We couldn’t be more excited about tonight’s four sprint finals as the fastest in the business pitch battle for medals in front of a full house in the heart of the Emirates Arena.
The women’s 60m looks perhaps the most mouthwatering, with Ewa Swoboda sizzling in the heats with 7.14s putting her nearly a tenth of a second ahead of the rest of the field.
Asha Philip also won her heat in 7.23s, a typically powerful start taking her on, while Rachel Miller impressed on senior GB debut with 7.24s.
Don’t forget flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers – who won’t give up her title without a fight tonight after coming back from last week’s domestic accident.
Among the men Greek hero Konstadinos Zikos took the quickest heat – which also saw Richard Kilty begin his bid for a third successive European indoor title with passage to the semi-finals.
Over the jumps, there looks set for a titanic tussle between Olympic silver medallist Orlando Ortega, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde and Andrew Pozzi, another out to defend his Belgrade colours this evening.
What they said
Germany’s shot put star David Storl revealed he’ll be sampling a local delicacy when he toasts his silver medal from Friday night: “I love Scottish whisky. I’m a big fan of it. I only drink single malt, everyone has their favourite and there are a lot of good alternatives. I prefer it to Oktoberfest actually!”
We like the sound of Ojie Edoburun’s Saturday afternoon plans, having won his 60m heat early on this morning: “I feel relieved. Last time I was on the track I had a back injury on the blocks, maybe that’s why I slept in the blocks. I’ve just got to stay focus.”
Reigning Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi approves of the ground under feet at the Emirates Arena: “I am very excited to compete at the Emirates. I run better here on this Mondo concrete ground. I’ve jumped here before so this will make a difference.”
Richard Kilty is bouncing around the Emirates today: “This means the world to me. I am so excited to be here after all my injuries. I sat on the blocks a bit this morning but I will be back faster in the semi and the final.”
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It’s all about tonight
There will be a magnificent seven finals in what’s set to be yet another unforgettable, sold-out evening session.
Two field finals kick us off, with Gianmarco Tamberi going for gold in the men’s high jump and then the pole vaulters take to the airwaves from 18:10.
The 3000m final is all set up for a classic with Norwegian duo Henrik and Jakob Ingebrigtsen doing battle with British duo Andrew Butchart and Chris O’Hare over the longest distance.
Two 400m finals follow, the two-lap event always providing thrills and spills, featuring Lisanne De Witte and Lea Sprunger in the women’s and Karsten Warholm in the men’s.
Then it’s over to the sprinters, with sparks certain to fly.