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17 Feb

Superb Indoor Action Anticipated At Birmingham

Sir Mo FarahSir Mo Farah (pictured) headlines the entry lists for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix at the Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham on Saturday (18 February). The quadruple Olympic and five-time world champion goes in the relatively rarely run 5000m that will conclude the track action, televised live on BBC 1 from 1:00pm.

Sir Mo is one of five Rio Olympic champions competing at the world’s top indoor athletics meeting, which is also the final of the IAAF World Indoor Tour. A good quality field has been assembled but Mo's toughest challenge is likely to come from Scotland's Andrew Butchart, who has been in scintillating form, having set the third fastest time in the world for 3000m (7:41.05) and a new Scottish record in New York last Saturday (11 February). Farah has held the British and European record at 13:10.60 since the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham in 2011. 
 
Also bound to get the crowd on their feet is Laura Muir, who will be aiming for Kelly Holmes’ British 1000m record (2:32.96) established at the 2004 Aviva Indoor Grand Prix. Muir is potentially on a hat trick of British records this year, having already smashed the 5000m (14:49.12) and 3000m (8:26.41) marks in those events.
 
The meeting will include 60m sprint appearances from double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) and Jeff Henderson (USA), who also goes in his Rio gold medal long jump event. Birmingham represents legendary sprinter Kim Collins' 50th UK appearance and his tenth visit to the Barclaycard Arena. He was the 2003 world 100m champion and is almost 41-years-old but still one of the fastest starters in the world.
 
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted to welcome back the Müller Indoor Grand Prix to Birmingham. We’ve now hosted indoor athletics for 25 years and in that time we’ve seen 15 world records set at the Barclaycard Arena and witnessed some of the best ever indoor athletics performances.”
 
Full details at British Athletics' website and don't forget to watch or record the live action!
 
Image courtesy British Athletics press.