Manchester World Indoor Tour: who, what and when

International indoor athletics returns to the UK on Saturday with the BoXX United Manchester World Indoor Tour featuring athletes from over 40 nations

The World Indoor Tour kicks off this week with Manchester hosting one of the Silver Standard events on Saturday (January 22). It is the first truly international indoor meet in Britain for two years and features athletes from as far away as Japan, South Africa and the United States.

“Our ambition is for British athletes to meet the best in Europe and the world in Manchester,” said meeting director Vicente Modahl. “And I had queues of foreign athletes who want to compete. Everyone wants to come to Britain.

On the quality of the line-ups formed, he adds: “In most events, it could be a semi-final at a major championship. We can’t pay for Mondo or Warholm or Ingebrigtsen at the moment, but what we have are the athletes who will be in the final with them.”

Modahl is keen for the event to upgrade to Gold and he has a similar goal for the Continental Tour Silver meeting in Manchester on June 3 which he is also hosting. “We have to show that we attract the athletes and I think we definitely do,” he said. “World and European Athletics told us they were really impressed with what we were able to achieve in such a short time.”

Modahl is the founder of event organizers Bryggen Sports, but worked with UK Athletics to organize Saturday’s meeting with trusted hands at British Athletics TV events such as Cherry Alexander, Kate Channon, Sandra White and Kenny Underwood .

“I’m very grateful to British Athletics who we worked closely with as they made a few staff members redundant to help us out,” Modahl said. “We give something to the British athletes and they carry some of the workload because they have a bigger team than Bryggen’s team.

“It’s definitely not a one-man show. What we have are many partners and without this team it wouldn’t really work.

Athletes ready to compete

Men’s Olympic 100m finalist Enoch Adegoke of Nigeria leads the men’s 60m entries. The 21-year-old ran 9.98 in his 100m heat in Tokyo last summer but stopped in the final with a hamstring injury.

In Manchester, he will face British 60m champion and local Sale Harriers athlete Andy Robertson, as well as European Under-20 100m champion Jeremiah Azu, Tommy Ramdhan, Adam Thomas and the former Europe 100m James Dasaolu.

Enoch Adegoke (Getty)

In the women’s 60m, Desiree Henry and Bianca Williams take on rising star Nia Wedderburn-Goodison, the English Schools champion who just turned 17.

British shot putters Scott Lincoln and Sophie McKinna face world-class opposition in their trials. On the men’s side, Lincoln takes on three men with records over 21m – Marcus Thomsen of Norway, Bob Bertemes of Luxembourg and Tsanko Arnaudov of Portugal – while the women’s event features the former world champion and Europe Christina Schwanitz from Germany, last year European Indoors silver medalist Fanny Roos from Sweden and former US champion Chase Ealey.

Scott LincolnMark Shearman

Another big name in the meeting is Abigail Irozuru, Olympic long jump finalist – and she is also a member of local club Sale Harriers Manchester.

Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou of Greece, who finished eighth in the Olympic pole vault final last year, leads the line-up for this event in Manchester with a number of Britons in the pack, including Sophie Cook, Jade Ive and young Sophie Ashurst of the Sale Harriers.

The women’s 3000m is the choice of endurance events with Meraf Bahta, Sweden’s former European 5000m champion, taking on Britons Jenny Nesbitt, Verity Ockenden and Revee Walcott-Nolan, as well as Ireland’s Ciara Mageean, l Albanian Luiza Gega and Spaniard Esther Guerrero.

The men’s 3000m field, meanwhile, is led by Hasin Haji of Ethiopia, the 2015 junior cross-country world champion, with the British challenge led by Jonny Davies and the British Under-20 record holder. Osian Perrin.

Piers Copeland faces a similar battle in the men’s 1500m against Kevin Lopez and Saul Ordonez of Spain plus Uruguayan Santiago Otrofe, while local athlete and steeplechase specialist Aimee Pratt takes on Claudia Bobocea of ​​Romania, among others, in the women’s 1500m.

The men’s 800m will see Mark English of Ireland take on European indoor 400m bronze medalist Tony van Diepen of the Netherlands and Mariano Garcia of Spain, while the women’s 800m will feature European Under 23 years old Issy Boffey, the Irish Louise Shanahan and the Beninese Noélie Yarigo.

Tony van Diepen (Getty Images)

European Under-20 champion Ed Faulds and experienced UK international Rabah Yousif compete in an international 400m field with athletes from as far away as South Africa, Romania and Scandinavia .

Marco Fassinotti – an Italian 2.35m jumper – faces Britons David Smith, Will Grimsey and Joel Clarke-Khan.

The rosters for the sprint hurdles include Alicia Barrett, Megan Marrs, Heather Paton and Emma Nwofor from Great Britain and Sarah Lavin from Ireland and, in the men’s race, David King.

Calendar

12:50 Women’s shot put
1:50 p.m. 60m hurdles women
13:58 60m hurdles men
2:00 p.m. Men’s high jump
2:05 p.m. men’s 60m qualifying
14:20 800m women race 1
14:27 800m men, race 1
14:34 400m men, race 1
14:41 Men’s 400m Race 2
14:48 3000m women
15:10 800m women race 2
3:15 p.m. Women’s pole vault
15:17 Men’s 800m Race 2
15:21 Women’s long jump
15:24 Men’s 60m final
3:31 p.m. Women’s 60m final
15:35 Men’s shot put
15:45 1500m men
15:55 1500m women
16:10 3000m Men

The event is not livestreamed, but there will be 30 minutes of video highlights after the meeting.

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