Glasgow 2019 will come to a close in rousing fashion with 16 finals headlining a groundbreaking final day of action.
It’s been an incredible week so far – Laura Muir’s Friday night fantastic setting the tone for Saturday’s frolics which saw Norway sweep the board with two gold medals in the space of 30 minutes.
And with Ewa Swoboda soaring to 60m glory last night, there are a legion of Poles ready to challenge for more golds and a cast of Europeans battling for the podium across disciplines.
Don’t take your eyes off these five.
Marcin Lewandowski – 1500 metres
When asked about the problem of beating Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Lewandowski was clear: “that’s his problem not mine.”
And however you stack up tonight’s 15000m final, the young Norwegian has a puzzle to solve in the shape of the indomitable Pole.
Arch-tactician Lewandowski has a vice grip on the discipline at the European indoors, strolling home by nearly a second over 800m in Prague and then 1500m in Belgrade after silver in Paris on debut.
While he’s engaged in a limited programme of his racing this season, he showed his intent by breaking the national mile record at the very first attempt and has his sights on the European record.
So it would be wrong to describe his duel with Jakob Ingebrigtsen, set for 20:01 tonight, with hometown boy Neil Gourley also in the field, as anything but a battle royale.
Ekaterina Stefanidi – Pole vault
Stefanidi is an athletics phenomenon – it’s hard to name an athlete who has repeatedly risen to the big occasion in the same way as the Greek heroine.
The reigning Olympic champion, she blew away her continental peers outdoors last summer when she set a Championship record at the European Championships in Berlin.
And needing just a single leap to achieve the necessary 4.60m to qualify for the final, while speaking of her confidence on the Emirates’ Mondo concrete, the rest of the field must be quaking.
But she can be stopped, which is what makes tonight’s final from 18:05 so exciting.
Britain’s Holly Bradshaw took the Greek’s scalp at the Muller Grand Prix and has home backing, while Anzhelika Sidorova holds the world lead with 4.91m.
Christina Schwanitz – Shot put
Germany’s medal haul for the Championships sits on two silvers, with Konstanze Klosterhalfen and David Storl reaching the rostrum thus far.
In the field, Malaika Mihambo has a great chance of adding to that in the pit this evening but don’t look past shot-put star Schwanitz for a medal charge this morning.
The 2015 world champion went out to 19.09m on her first attempt in Friday’s heats, looking a good bet to cap a triumphant return to the European indoors by topping the podium.
She won’t have it all her own way from 12:20, Swede Fanny Roos stalking the field in search of a first senior gong and tough challenges coming from Radoslava Mavrodieva and Aliona Dubitskaya.
Andreas Kramer – 800m
When it comes to the destination of gold in the men’s 800m final, one of the 13 tantalising finals that adorn our final session of racing, it’s hard to look past Andreas Kramer.
Granted the Swede hasn’t hit the headlines in Glasgow just yet, winning a slow heat and finishing third in his semi-final behind home hope Jamie Webb and Mariano Garcia.
But the 21-year-old has already proven this season he has the edge at international level, crashing through his personal best and setting a European-lead 1:46.52 on the IAAF Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe.
And backing that up again by beating Australians Joseph Deng and Peter Bol on home soil in Stockholm, clocking 1:48.50,
On the road to Glasgow, Kramer clocked 1:48.50 with the highly vaunted Australian pair of Joseph Deng and Peter Bol second (1:48.68) and fourth (1:50.47) respectively.
The European outdoor silver medallist will have to conquer Webb with home support and Spaniards Garcia and Alvaro de Arriba, but looks on course for a champagne evening at the Emirates.
Sofia Ennaoui – 1500m
It’s the question on the lips of everyone in Glasgow – who can stop Laura Muir from completing a historic double-double?
It was clear Klosterhalfen would pose a stern test in the 3000m but when it comes to the 1500m the answer might come in the slender shape of Ennaoui.
The Pole’s performances this season have inserted her firmly in medal contention in Glasgow, hoping to back up European outdoor silver.
Ennaoui watched Muir top the podium in Belgrade, bagging bronze behind Klosterhalfen, and will be highly motivated to spoil the Scottish party set to break out if she claims another gold.
She laid down a lifetime 800m best in Torun last month, shot to the top of the European lists in Madrid and shaved a second off her best-ever indoor time over 1500m in Ostrava.