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Colin Jackson has won his first gold
medal, he is the champion of the
world. Athletics supporters are
looking on not just in admiration
but in awe.
He's the world champion!
Welcome to a very wintry Birmingham.
But it's my Birmingham, home to the
Villa, the Blues, the Bears, and the
balti. We have 56, does of water,
the most Michelin-starred
restaurants outside of London and in
four years' time we will host the
Commonwealth Games. Birmingham is
also home of British athletics and
we have produced a few decent names
down the years.
Denise Lewis is the Olympic
Now the world's best have come to
our patch. Four days, 26 gold
medals, come on, let's do this.
Nice one, Denise, and she will tell
us where to find the best balti
later, no doubt. Birmingham like the
rest of the country is freezing now,
you could say it's perfect weather
for indoor athletics, and in London
last summer Britain proves once
again just how good it is at staging
global sporting events after the
success of the outdoor World
Championships the 2018 World Indoor
Championships comes the second city,
four days, six sessions all live on
the BBC, and tonight we kick off
with three gold medals up for grabs,
we will see the men's and women's
high jump, and the women's 3000
metres as Laura Muir challenges for
a world medal once more.
a world medal once more. Welcome to
Birmingham. We are glad you are in
doors, warm, snuggled up, because we
are going to be with you all weekend
and you don't want to go anywhere
else, we have top-class action for
you and a truly global field of
talent to unveil over the next few
days and those medals, by the way,
were made and designed by local
student in a competition and used
some of the iconic buildings of
Birmingham in her designs. Denise
Lewis knows them only too well,
Michael Johnson and Paula Radcliffe
also alongside. Good to have you all
back together again. Thank you,
Michael, for bringing in the
weather. Is the beast from the East
and you are the best from the West.
Well done. Well done.
is your city, you were born in West
Bromwich and raised in Wolverhampton
but Birmingham is where you learned
your trade-in athletics.
weren't learned to become an athlete
and learned what athletics is about.
I'm a life member of the Harriers,
the best club in the Midlands, if I
can say that, but the city means the
world to me. I've watched its
development and it's fantastic to
have these Championships in
Michael, I know
that you didn't run that much in
doors yourself, it wasn't a huge
part of your character. -- calendar.
How important is it for 2018 which
has the world record-holder
It is important,
the US wants to continue dominance,
after the fantastic World
Championships in London last year.
This is a unique team made up of
young up-and-coming talent like
Christian Coleman but on the other
end of the spectrum you have old
athletes like Mike Rodgers, who was
here in 2010 and trying to hang on
and spent time going for the outdoor
team. Those sort of athletes who
made Dummett try to make the outdoor
teams see it as a chance of getting
What was it like?
broke the world record, I thought,
Paula, you didn't run much in doors
focusing on cross-country. The lady
that we will have our eyes on later,
the woman you will be all over,
Laura Muir, has run cross country
this season as well as indoors we
know she hangs sacrificing
Commonwealth Games because of her
studies -- she is sacrificing.
Denied is an important year in her
Important and very tough,
she had to fight to get here, eight
hours in the car yesterday fighting
their way down from Scotland and
because of her better replacement
she cannot go to the Commonwealth
Games show she is doing 6000 metres
denied and 3000 metres later. It is
a tough ask, there are six serious
medal contenders and another three
or four who fancy their chances to
get a medal so it's going to be a
She was double European
champion last year in Belgrade. She
knows how to do it on the bigger
stages in doors, she is out there
getting a bit of physio ahead of her
warm up later. Paula, in the
athletes who run middle distances,
and longer distances, would normally
go outside to do some running before
coming indoors. It's not
particularly safe underfoot this
evening, very icy, incredibly cold,
Birmingham has not had as much snow
but it's one of the coldest places
in the country now. Will those
athletes be able to do what they
normally do outside?
They will warm
up inside tonight but the shake-out
is this morning that they would have
done it was funny watching because I
watched Konstanze Klosterhalfen,
from Germany, she chanced it
outside, and I saw someone else on
the treadmill, they have been mixing
it up, some will have used a
treadmill and some will not have
done the shake-out at all and come
in and erased, that is what I did.
You didn't go out earlier.
no point shaking out, you need
We are on the
precipice of a new era, after the
World Championships we said goodbye
to some big names, Usain Bolt, Mo
Farah, and we have seen British
athletics over the last few years
say goodbye to the likes of Jessica
Ennis-Hill so we asked you to have a
say goodbye to the likes of Jessica
Ennis-Hill so we asked you to have a
look at the field this weekend and
point out some names for us, and all
of our commentators and pundits, to
have a look at some names that not
necessarily will be winning here but
names we may see a lot more of in
recent, coming years. Tellers about
your choice, Michael.
He is a
fantastic athlete, my coaches have
been working with him, Bingtian Su,
he has a unique ability, very good
at the start because of the amount
of power you can display to win in
the angular position coming out. His
problem is once he gets into his
running he cannot continue the same
power so he is not a great as 100
metres, but he's great at 60-metre
indoor running so this is a
fantastic opportunity, he has the
second-fastest time coming into the
championship behind Christian
From Great Britain Richard
Kilty, a former world champion at 60
metres, but never transferred that
global success in the longer 100
metres. There are certain events
that suit athletes more indoors and
they never can translate outdoors
and over the 60 metres Bingtian Su
is a great example.
He is, you will
see 60-metre hurdlers who can be
fantastic at the start. The 100
metres, you do not think
fantastic at the start. The 100
metres, you do not think of it as
endurance but it is about sustaining
speed and he has a problem and some
of the other athletes have a problem
doing that and when they are
fantastic starters they can take
advantage of it indoors.
us about your choice.
He is already well-known.
He has won
indoors before but it's the step up
he has made this year. He is more at
home racing indoors, he is a class
apart, unbeaten coming into this,
became a father at the end of last
year so maybe that has going relaxed
and running happy but I think he
will be tough to be here.
He is a
athletes tend to be good at racing
indoors but it's indicative of the
weather here. I bumped into him this
morning and he said it's too cold,
if the Polish are saying it's cold
it must be cold!
Denise, you have
I have, I young lady who
is the Swiss record-holder in the
100 and 200 metres but recently she
has improved her 60 metres
phenomenally, ran well, 7.03, and
second on the world list going into
these championships. We have seen
her before in 2014 at the European
In front of a home
Inspired run, over the 100
and 200 but this year she has made
the transition and it is a smoking
60 metres runner she has put
together and if she can hold her
form and home nerve in a very
competitive 60 metres she could do
well and we might see her later in
the year in the European
Thank you, guys.
Let's look at the evening and how it
pans out, just three events, the
men's high jump and women's high
jump competitions running
simultaneously, of course Esser
Barshim and Robbie Grabarz. In the
women's high jump the lady who is
dominant in the field has won her
last 37 competitions. And Morgan
Lake. And Laura Muir and Eilish
McColgan it, with current world
champion indoors over 3000 metres
Genzebe Dibaba. We have a good night
on the first night. The height of
competition, running at the moment
with the men and women jumping at
the same time, an unusual way to do
it. Steve Backley can tell us how it
it. Steve Backley can tell us how it
is going. COMMENTATOR: Good evening,
here are the jumpers, the women's
high jump jumping back-to-back.
Authorised neutral athlete cleared
to jump here. The defending champion
Morgan Lake of the back of her
season's best last weekend, so
high-class, absolute top drawer as
you'd expect. At a world indoors,
unusual configuration. Medals on
offer this evening, and here is a
look back at a wobbly start for
Morgan Lake. 1.84. She jumped 1.92
last weekend as a season's best but
put herself under pressure. She
ended up way underneath the first
one underneath the bar, over
striding, so this was her second
attempt and it was also a bit of a
mess, so three jumps, just to remind
you, 3000, you are out. Morgan Lake
put herself under massive pressure
with those two fouls at the opening
night. All other athletes either
clear passing. Morgan Lake was
forced to take her third attempt at
the opening height.
the opening height. So, 1.84 to stay
involved. It was a deliberate effort
but a good one, and showing some
real nerves of steel to control
that. The shake of the head, she is
not happy, it's not the start she
would have wanted but she still
involved. And so it would be a five
centimetre increase to the second
height of 1.89, still within what we
know she is capable of in her recent
form. Her first attempt was a much
better one. Daylight between her and
the bar and that's just what she
would have needed to settle the
nerves. It is a nervy start, I can
only put it down to that. That's
exactly what she would have wanted
at the second height. So, relaxing
between jumps. The nerves hopefully
have been settled. 1.89 first-time
clearance for Morgan Lake. And as
you can see those two high jump
competitions starting simultaneously
at the top of the screen. The main
man from Qatar, the champion from
2017. Erik Kynard, the man who
shared a rostrum with the last
athlete to jump, Robbie Grabarz on
the 2012 rostrum. Lots has happened
since. But it was also a bit of a
wobbly start for a Robbie Grabarz
because he carried a foul also at
his opening height of 2.20.
And that put him in exactly the same
position as Morgan Lake found
herself in at those opening heights.
He trains in Birmingham, he is a
local lad, loss of expectation and
he has friends in the audience. So,
opening height, pressure on.
And he rose to the occasion as you
would expect. And hoped, at least.
A wobbly start for the British high
jumpers there. We talked about the
difference for certain events and
how different it feels indoors. It's
more compact tanned it's two laps
for 400 metres. There by definition
the infield is a lot smaller. I said
to you before, didn't I, it looks a
bit odd, as if they are running up
the lanes to the high jump. It
seemed like Morgan Lake hadn't quite
worked out where she was running for
those first two?
I think it was very
unsettling. We don't see the two
high jump beds facing each other
most. Women are facing where the men
are jumping, the men facing the
women. That is unusual. They are
simultaneously side by side. I just
think both of them really were
unsettled and nervous. Sometimes the
opening height is within your
capabilities there is an airport of
complacency. I don't think they were
attacking their run up enough.
Thankfully they live to fight for
the next height.
Let us hope they
stay in a lot lunger. Laura Muir
will take to the track for the 3,000
metre, not going to the Commonwealth
Games, she has exams in May. She
sacrificed that. These Championships
are important in her calendar year.
She is balancing it all with her
studies, and found time toll chat to
A historic double at
the European Indoor Championships.
Two Gold medals, the Champion again,
Double gold in the
Open Indoors, brilliant for me. It
gave me big confidence boost. To set
two Championship records and a
British record at the same time that
was the boost I needed to know I can
come away with these medals.
It will be the Olympic
Laura Muir was so close and when you
have the medal snatched away from
you in the latter stages, it's gut
Having a home World
Championships in that stadium was
amazing. Attapatu moss fear is
brilliant. I got to both finals of
1500 and the 5K and gave it
everything I could. I'm proud of how
I ran. It was just one of those
things. I went from being second to
fourth in the 1500. It was hard.
Just being so, so close. It was a
great experience. I learnt a lot. At
the same time just missing out on
that medal. I hope to rectify that
You will be competitive, what
does that mean is a medal you are
I think so. It will be
tough for the athletes who have
confirmed. It will be a tough field.
The currented world record holder
the world indoor champion in 1500.
It will be very tough. Dibaba's in
good form. She will be a very big
contend are for me. I think I can
take her on.
When you hit the front
that is it. You are gone.
Championship racing is different.
It's tactical. Can there ever be a
balance where you think - I'm in
good enough shape, strong enough to
take it from the front?
a point when you think you might be
strong enough to take it on. Other
times people can match on and use
you. You do the work and they sit on
you and you are the pacer
effectively. It's difficult to judge
it and how you can look at things.
Closer to the time we will have a
look at the race, decide who is
running, who is likely and in what
shape and what shape I'm in and how
best to judge it.
Is there like a
baton being passed to you younger
guys with Mo Farah stepping away. A
unyoer generation coming through you
are part of the figurehead of?
I think I was lucky I have competed
on teams with the likes of K much
Jess a few times. Having them
inspires you a lot and gives you
confidence knowing you are competing
alongside the people in the team
that are amazing athletes. Younger
people on the team and hopefully I
can give them pointersnd here and
there and help them out if need be.
It's big Championships, if I can be
there to support them, that would be
We talked about good.
The fact she
arrived late last night because of
the weather and she was at a lecture
yesterday morning for her veterinary
studies. Doing incredibly well to
balance and juggle the different
demands in her life thus far. At the
end of this academic year it will be
athletics all the way. You can
understand her having to sacrifice
the Commonwealth Games?
understand. She wants to be a
success in every area of her life.
Is her final chance. Her only chance
at her studies. She wants to get it
right. Wants to do it as well as she
can there. Then she will be able to
concentrate on-the-running which we
hope will carry on for a good few
years and be medal hopes. It won't
have been easy to say no to
competing for Scotland in the
Commonwealth Games. Taking one day
off her studies, today, no,
tomorrow. Two-days off.
like my kids, probably your kids,
all the schools seem to be shut
tomorrow. I don't think her lectures
will be on.
She hiked in through the
snow yesterday morning to that
lecture before being able to leave
and sit for eight hours fighting her
way down. . She tweeted at 11.00pm
when she arrived to the hotel huge
thanks to the driver or they
wouldn't have made it here.
athletes it works to turn off the
pressure of athletics almost and
focus on something as benign as
veterinary studies! It's a tough
degree to be doing anyway. To go
back to her sport and really enjoy
I think it would work for this
year. When you get back into World
Championships and Olympic years, as
she is getting closer to out door
world level medals you have to...
The sport takes everything that you
have. You can't do both. I think
this has to be... This is the last
year she will be able to do that. .
She has achieved incredible things
already with all of that going on in
her life. She's been fantastic
double gold in Belgrade last year.
Which set her up for the out doors
as well. Dominated the field there?
It's a totally different playing
field for her tonight. The level of
competition she is facing is clearly
head and shoulders above that which
she faced in Belgrade. She is maybe
not quite in the shape she was there
because she has been managing that
and managing that energy really
well. . Hasn't raced as well as she
has done in the build-up, as well as
she did in the bellup to #3we8
grade. Let us not heap too much on
her. She will go out and give it her
everything tonight. -- build-up.
us join the High Jump competition.
Is Robbie Grabarz took silver in the
European indoors. Here at the world
indoors he has to go clear to
European indoors. Here at the world
indoors he has to go clear to stay
involved. The bar, second height of
2.25 centimetres. If you have just
joined us, he did salvage a wobbly
start with a clearance of 2.20. That
was his opening height. He's in
exactly the same position here. I
will bring in Toni Minichiello, the
coach is looking on. What can the
coach do here or what should Robbie
I think it's how Robbie is
running on-the-runway for me. His
inside shoulder, right shoulder, he
is straight. Ing up and going into
the bar. That is taking the bar off.
We saw the third attempt. He put the
Robbie Grabarz, 2.25 to
stay involved. Too much tonight.
Really slowed down. In doing
that, typical of what a lot of high
jumpers do, they slow down to work
strong. As soon as you lose the
speed you won't get in the air,
unfortunately. A bit sad there
really going out on that third
Three fouls and Robbie
Grabarz, one of a handful of hopes
for medals here in Birmingham, is
done. He will play no further part.
Let us look at this, Toni.
driving out strong. You can see it
rock around a little bit. Not smooth
in terms of that. I think that's the
tough thing. For the first time at
this championships you are seeing a
straight final. There is a
qualifying and you look at the
runway and feel the floor and
understand it better. A bit tough
We know he had injuries this
winter. He is a master of coming
back and being short on preparation
again we thought he would be able to
handle it. Finding his groove, he
wasn't able to do it on this
occasion. His rhythm was out for me
and never got settled. Unfortunately
for Robbie, it's all over. Real
class competition as well. He would
have to be at his very best to stay
involved and get into the medals
here because of Mutaz Barshim. Here
he is in fact. The Qatari world
leader. Jumped 2.38 to take the
title a couple of weeks ago.
Suffered a rare defeat. Barshim,
hugely capable when he gets it
right. Champion last summer in
London. He has jumped 2.40 on a
number of occasions. Barshim. 2.29.
Wow! He defies gravity. Incredible.
Much smoother runway. Much smoother.
Runs in. 2.29, to a man who jumped
in the 2.40s, this is easy for him.
He make it look so easy.
What is he doing different?
floats in. He has pop. He can get
off the ground. He can get in the
air. He takes off a bit far away
from the bar for me, but when he
elevates he goes up.
some people, is there! Mutaz Essa
Barshim has got pop. Erik Kynard, a
man who enjoys a rostrum,
silver-medallist from 2012.
27-year-old American. No pop.
puts in a little stutter step about
three steps away from the bar. Heel
straightens up. That shortening,
straightens up his body so he is
upright. You need to lean as you
come round. That gives you the
rotational force and you convert
that to lift at take-off.
women's on the opposite side.
Michaela Hruba getting ready for her
third attempt here at 1.89 to stay
Not that time, not that
time. She was under pressure. . Saw
her stop her runway, go back and
start again. This year there is a
new rule, 30 seconds to start your
attempt. Whether it affects the
athletes, they know the clock is
ticking this year quicker than it
The height of 2.29.
Only Barshim to go clear so far at
this new height. Starting to sort
out the athletes in form.
out the athletes in form. We look
across to the mirror image as we
look down into the stadium. Iryna
Gerashchenko of the Ukraine. 22ers
ya of age. Wow, that's a... Not even
close there. Athletes struggling.
It's a slightly unusual orientation.
We speculated about the view through
to the other high jump mat and
whether that might affect the
ability to focus of what's in front
of you. No excuses. It's the same
for all. We see Mateusz Przybylko
get ready. The German champion,
Przybylko. 25 years of age. Fifth in
London last year. Took all three
jumps at that previous height. 2.29
to join Barshim.
No, not that time.
He just doesn't run enough of a
curve, goes down a little bit deep.
Ends up being more like a corner
than anything else for the German
there. That's difficult. Levern
Spencer in the Women's High Jump.
look forward to seeing her Down
Under. Wow, really sloppy jumps
here, Toni. I don't know what to
make of it. The last successful jump
was of Mutaz Barshim. We have seen
six fouls since then. Spencer,
highly fancied to challenge for the
medals, 33 years of age. Jumped 1.95
this year is out. Here's a man in
the form of his life, Danil Lysenko.
That's a lovely jump, isn't it?
That's the pop I'm talking about.
Puts his foot down quickly, comes
off quickly and goes straight up in
Silver-medallist to Barshim
last year and highly fancied to push
the Qatari athlete all the way.
Lysenko looking really competent. We
switch our attention back to
McPherson of the United States. Oh,
crikey. Not at all happy with those
three fouls. Another athlete
struggling. McPherson. 1.91 her
season's best. Experienced athlete.
So looks like the medals might go a
little softer than we anticipated.
Kynard to stay involved. A skip and
We are seeing
that. It needs to be smooth so the
acceleration there can be used for
the jumps. Smooth acceleration. When
you put that skip in, it slows you
down that little bit.
Two fouls for
Kynard, but he's still in third
place, amazingly. Yorgelis Rodriguez
also competing in the pentathlon. We
hope to see Thompson there, it
starts tomorrow morning. Busy few
days for the Cuban 23-year-old.
It has been difficult, out of 11 men
that started the competition six
have gone out and in the women's
competition, I calculate six out of
13 competitors have gone out. I
think they are struggling with the
floor, maybe. Maybe the floor is a
bit soft and not giving them the
return of energy that you would
want. But, yeah...
Bednarek of Poland. No, another man
who is capable. He's jumped 2.33
this year. I don't know what to make
of this, the bar is at 2.29 and he
is left wanting. When you see
somebody like Barshim, Lysenko
popping over with daylight, there
cannot be that much of a problem,
No, you are looking at
two superbly confident and quality
athletes who, regardless of the
service or anything like that, they
are always going to jump high --
regardless of the surface.
athlete still involved is Morgan
Lake. Will look forward to seeing
how her event progresses.
Lake. Will look forward to seeing
how her event progresses.
STUDIO: Disappointing to see Robbie
Grabarz go out so soon in this
competition. Welcome, Colin Jackson,
and happy St David's Day.
What is going on? It is not just
Robbie, high-class high jumpers are
struggling at the minute.
It is not
good out there by the looks of it, I
don't know what is with the
failures. I don't know. Sometimes
athletes come to the championships
and I'm not saying they are not best
prepared but they haven't prepared
specifically for this Championships,
and it mats sound odd to say but
lots of people do the World
Championships with their focus still
on the outdoors so they are in very
heavy training, they might have
tapered off a little bit so they are
not very snappy. The high jumpers
don't look like they have that zing,
Tony Minichiello talked about the
pop. They look lacklustre. Robbie
the same and hopefully Morgan will
improve. That's not Robbie, Robbie
is usually so dynamic. I think he
got one of the host spots, both him
and Morgan had the host places here
so they might not have been in the
best shape coming into the
We saw Morgan last
week in Glasgow jump 1.92, and she
got close to 1.95 and looks like she
was clearing it at her final attempt
and looked in decent shape.
interesting coming to the major
championships with what has happened
in between and sometimes you can
rest a bit too much, you have to get
used to the surface again.
Everything is very different than
what they normally are used to. They
are jumping against each other in
that sense, at each other, it's
interesting the whole dynamic for
this high jump.
It doesn't take much
for the athlete's mind to get
unsettled. I know these are the
world's best but it doesn't take
much for them to be out of sorts.
Let's hope Morgan is back in sorts.
Let's hope Morgan is back in sorts.
At edge Morgan will look at this as
an opportunity as we see the world
indoor champion Vashti Cunningham,
the youngest ever, make a
the youngest ever, make a mess of...
Sorry, that was 1.93, this is the
new height as we see the fowl of
Cunningham. There is an insight of
an athlete who has jumped 1.97 this
year. Randall Cunningham,
quarterback, famous man on the right
of the screen in the United States.
So then, Morgan Lake. Three jumps at
the opening height, a clean
first-time clearance of 1.89, the
new height 1.9 three, one centimetre
higher than her best so far. Great
Britain's Morgan Lake strides out
first attempt at the new height. But
nowhere near, Tony.
Didn't start the
run-up in the same way. Veolia
heights she cleared she drove out
the back and ran quickly out of the
back and that sets up the speed. --
the early heights. Start your run-up
and beat vigorous out of the run-up,
that sets up the speed for me. If
she clears this height the medals
are up for grabs, if you clear the
site with the way people are jumping
she has every chance.
athlete clear so far at this height,
foul at the first time of asking for
Morgan Lake but no one else has gone
clear so there is still an
opportunity here at this height to
get amongst the medals. We probably
wouldn't have speculated that would
be the case but here we are, and
Morgan Lake as you say, Tony,
completely agree, there is an
opportunity. Maria Lasitskene, the
undisputed world leader, dominant,
seven centimetres higher than
anyone, 2.04 is how good she is.
That's interesting, 1.93, she gave
it a wobble.
She did but did you see
how she attacked it? She runs at the
bar and develops the speed and uses
it and she can convert that into a
lift and that's the important thing,
you don't want to slow down going
into the bar because that's
From one world champion
to another. From Lasitskene to
Barshim. Very impressive at the
previous height of 2.29. 2.33 also
well within the height we knew he
was capable of. He's jumped 2.38
this year. He's certainly living up
to his billing.
I think so. There is
three big men in this competition
who could challenge for the medals
here, Barshim being one, Lysenko
being the other and Cunard, for me,
I think, and here he is. -- Erik
Erik Kynard successful at
the third attempt of 2.29. And in
fourth place, new high of 2.33. Same
That is in there, isn't it?
That his rhythm and his run-up and
that's not going to change but I
think that's changing his position.
You've got to stay away from it, Lee
Nguyen, the short step puts his
shoulders on top of his feet meaning
he is upright which will always take
him into the bar. At that point the
only thing you can do is you have to
work the vertical very hard. The
inside leg closest to the high jump
bar, you got to work it and get it
high in the air.
So it looks as
though it's going exactly as was
forecast in the men's version, at
least. Lysenko, this man is looking
as though he's going to make it a
two horse race with Barshim of
Qatar. Cleared to complete, compete
here, as a handful of Russians are
able to compete here at the World
Indoor Championships. Lysenko has a
clean sheet so far. Can he continue
it? Yes, he can, with a useful sort
my word, he jumps straight into the
air, he is a little front on if you
want to be picky on it but look at
the height he gets.
This is going to
be an interesting competition, the
next couple of heights between those
So, perfect sheet so far for
Danil Lysenko. Vashti Cunningham.
One foul so far at this height of
1.93 metres. Maria Lasitskene has
gone clear, the only athlete to have
done so. Cahalane, 1.93.
nice. A very nice. -- Cunningham.
Not quite the perfect card there,
but runs in well, and again UCC runs
in, little two step rhythm into it
but it's great jumping at these
heights. -- you see she runs in.
is the world indoor champion from
two years ago, very experienced,
same age as Morgan Lake. So then,
Lake looking to find a rhythm.
Fouled at the first chance to clear
this new height of 1.93. Two
athletes, Lasitskene on the first
time of asking and Cunningham we
have seen just go clear. All eyes
turn to Morgan Lake. Can she join
those two athletes? You would have
to say that this is a chance of a
medal, outside chance.
people are jumping, I think jumping
this now, season's best, she's going
through the ritual, thinking she
needs to be shoulder high on the
inside. She knows they follow card
Morgan Lake then, 1.93, I
is up at the bar, strides out,
aggressive, she accelerated this
time and it's good! Grey clearance
from Morgan Lake, only the third
athlete to have gone clear at the
second time of asking. Brilliant
brilliant. Very positive at the
start of the run-up, set up the
speed and maintained it more.
Excellent. She leans away, something
she seldom does, and goes up. If she
has a fault it is that she doesn't
lean enough really. Speed and lean
away from the bar. Well done, that
could be a medal winning jump.
almost needed those three wobbly
starting jumps to settle her nerves.
That is a much more competent
clearance for Great Britain's Morgan
Lake. It is early to start talking
medals but at the moment she is in
third place. 1.93 at the second time
of asking, season's best.
third place. 1.93 at the second time
of asking, season's best. Great
stuff. STUDIO: She is very happy
with that. This is the heptathlete
focusing on high jump for the last
season and a half and really putting
her efforts into this and it is
starting to bear fruit. You can see
the way she mentally shifted herself
in the competition with the wobbly
stats. In the past she would have
let that get to her but she turned
She turned things
round very well indeed. What I'd
like to see from her is not starting
with her long tights on because I
think she uses that as a sort of,
OK, I'm still going through the
motions as opposed to saying, I am
here to do business and there is a
realistic chance of a
realistic chance of a medal for me
if I get my clearances in early. And
then you see when she has those
wobbles then she takes off her
tights. I think mentally she needs
to just get in there very early on
from the get go. Establish the
run-up, it says to her she needs to
increase her speed because athletes
strip off kit and get ready for
business but she leaves her tights
on. It's a small thing but it's a
You are shaking
your head in agreement, Michael.
didn't notice until you mentioned
that but there is a mindset and you
have to go into this, remembering
with this particular championship
the high jumpers didn't have a
preliminary round so getting used to
the chat, getting used to the new
setup, they didn't have the
opportunity to do it. You don't want
to carry the same mindset from your
warm up into competition, and there
are some small things that you might
not think will be so significant and
that will affect your mindset, and
that could very well be one of them.
And quickly, the same thing on the
mindset, the way she is Bridget when
she qualified, it wasn't excitement,
it is, right, I'm back in the game
and that is a positive mindset to be
in. Not celebrating early, she is
Let's get back outside
because that was obviously positive
news in terms of a medal for Morgan
news in terms of a medal for Morgan
Lake. Steve. COMMENTATOR: As will a
catalyst trust of Italy, a chance to
equal Morgan Lake, and does. She is
delighted with that. And so she
should be. That puts her equal with
the Brit with a second time
clearance of 1.93. Let's have a look
That's just effort. You see
people, you know how much it means
to them, they know how much they
need to do and UCF it, somebody
raises their game, full force on the
floor, drive in and get up in the
air. That is a good competitive jump
and what you want to be seeing. --
and you see it.
Here is a very
capable high jumper, Yuliya
Levchenko, second on the world lists
with 1.97. Silver-medallist last
summer. Seven, Lepchenko, off a foul
on the second attempt. No!
that completely wrong. That's
pressure. I think that's pressure.
You are in fifth, you have won
medals at the World Outdoor
Championships and you know you are
somebody who should be in the top
three, its pressure.
Erik Kynard of the United States,
two fouls, 2.33, can he handle the
pressure? No, that's a surprise.
finishes in fourth place. He's
ripped his number off and he knows
he has not done himself justice
today in this competition. He is
outside, he is in fourth, little
shrug to his coach and he will be
disappointed with that. It is tough
for the Americans, they had their
trials two weeks ago in Albuquerque
and then they have to fly to
Britain, you've got jet lag to deal
with and the American trial system,
the first three across the line, is
a tough competition so you have a
tough competition two weeks ago and
then to come here and raise your
game further is a difficult mindset
to deliver, I think.
It's all about mind-set when you
come to a championships that is what
many athletes love about the
competition that a championship
brings. A difficult mentality to
competing on the circuit, as it
were. Back to the women's side of
this arena here in Birmingham.
Demireva carries two fouls.
Surprised she hasn't passed here and
maybe looked at the next height.
She's in sixth place. The only
athlete at this height who is
carrying two fouls. You could argue
she may could have had a look at the
next height. Probably won't get her
into the medals. Won't at this
height. She will have to clear a
high height anyway. Anyway, it's all
the strategic game of high jumping.
Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria. Two
Just got too close to
that, leaned in and took it off on
the way up on her jump. It was tough
for her. That would have been a
season's best. She hasn't jumped
that high this year. That is why she
didn't pass because the next height
up would have been too big an ask
Przybylko getting ready for
his 2.33. Last chance to stay
He's happy with his bronze
He knows he has a bronze. He's happy
there. Looking at the card was he
likely to beat Barshim and Lysenko.
That was Morgan Lake getting ready.
Danil Lysenko. Levchenko watching
on. They are alternating side to
side, allowing the alternate mat to
take the precedent and have the
freedom of jump.
You don't want to be running at
someone jumping, that is a unique
The judges are timing it
from your point of view. When you
are high jumping you are looking at
the grass field behind. Are you not
throwing any more, so probably not.
Levchenko, third attempt.
She's in fifth
place. Four athletes remain, Great
Britain's Morgan Lake is one of
them. Mutaz Essa Barshim 2.36. Love
the way he eyes it up from that
right hand side. Oh, surprise there.
Deaccelerated. As you slow down into
the bar and use that speed to
convert to go up. By slowing down,
he's not converted enough of the
speed and he's dropped on the bar.
Basically, he's stalled.
you slow down?
You are thinking.
Slowing down. Maybe a little bit too
close, a little bit too far away.
Here we go. Lysenko. This is like
gun slingers, the first man to
blink. Barshim has blinked. Let's
see how he gets on here.
close as he gets to a clearance
without it being one. Must have just
given that the slightest of rattles.
It's a foul.
At that point he is
saying - tuck your vest in.
this. His socks too thick.
like that! They are on exactly the
same record. They are both going to
be tied for that first place.
then, cat-and-mouse on the men's
side. Lysenko authorised neutral
athlete and Barshim. On the women's
side, Lake finds herself in fourth
place. Total fouls remember.
interesting Steve. It's the two
fouls at 1.84.
The opening height?
That opening height that may cost
her the medal in the end. That early
failure. That runway really that she
didn't quite get right. Didn't get
the rhythm early. It may cost her.
Get the rhythm early. Barshim
looking to do exactly that. Rhythm
on the approach. Massive height.
Came down on that didn't he? He did.
He knows that, you know, he blinked
first and Lysenko blinked. He had a
chance there. Again, just trying to
muscle it off the ground a little
bit, instead of using that wonderful
flow he has.
Mariya Lasitskene, 2
metres 4. 1.96 easily.
She's in a
competition of her own. Well better
than anybody else. Been over two
metres already this year. She's the
class of the field.
authorised neutral athlete to
another, Lysenko. 2.36. He knows
this is a chance to possibly take
gold here because he's seen the only
other athlete who can stop him,
Barshim on two fouls, Lysenko on
one. Second attempt.
Not as good as
the first, was it? Not as good as
the first. He'll know, one more
attempt or are we heading for a jump
They have identical cards so
far. It's not out of the question.
Two fouls of this height of 2. 36
and a clean card up to this height.
Lysenko and Barshim, neck and neck.
One jump remaining. One jump
separates the two. Who is your money
I'd hate to see. I'm not a
gambling man, I'm not a gambling
Vashti Cunningham of the United
States. A bit of pride, she's
watching her title being taken here,
unless she can do something about
it. 1.96, first attempt. Too much.
Again, slows down and stands up.
Keep leaning. Lean away. Ride that
bicycle round the corner, that kind
of feel. If you rotate the floor you
limit the height you can achieve.
What you are trying to do is be in
the strongest position you can. You
put your feet directly underneath
your shoulders. Instead of what you
should be should do, put your feet
out ahead of you.
watching on. The coach is up close
here, getting in the ears of their
athletes. So, two athletes remain on
the men's side. The first final. A
roar from the man they call The
Prince of Qatar. Mutaz Essa Barshim.
How much do you want this World
Indoor title, third and final jump,
one more attempt. 2.36 for Barshim.
Came down on that, again.
He's not out.
He has had
three fouls so finished in those
terms. If Lysenko goes clear, then
Barshim cannot respond. If Lysenko
knocks it off we have a jump off.
Just rotating on the floor and
backing in there. If he'd looked at
his mind-set. The way the whole
stadium went quiet for him as he
mediated in that way and let out
that roar and run. He gathered
himself. A lot of effort.
Morgan Lake. Season's best already.
1.96, first attempt.
1.96, first attempt.
If I'm right in thinking that would
have represented a personal best
indoors and out doors. Again, 1.96
an early look at it. Again, why not.
She's got to step up as an athlete
now, really. At the age she's at.
She has been to major championships.
She has to believe, it's my time,
step up and compete. It's a perfect
She's done it time and
time again. As we turn our attention
back to the men's side. Danil
Lysenko this jump to win the
competition. Asks for a hush here.
You could hear a pin drop, as I look
around the stadium here. Two fouls.
A battle with himself.
Massive jump from Lysenko. That's a
Gold medal jump. He looked as good
as Barshim. He matched him and then,
in the end, bettered him.
for hush. I've never seen that. The
crowd, bless them, were incredibly
quiet. You could hear his feet
He composed himself. That's class.
That is class. Look at that.
competent jump. Do you know what, a
bit of needle there, the man
deprived of a Gold medal last summer
to Mutaz Barshim. They have swapped
places. Gold becomes silver, silver
becomes gold. Lysenko has risen to
You may lose Bolt and
athletes of that level, but we can
see some rivalries. Barshim,
Lysenko. We can see rivalries.
Unfortunate they won't go
head-to-head in major championships.
Rivalries is the critical thing.
years of age, Lysenko.
jumps are young men and ladies game.
They jump high at young ages and
they keep jumping those heights.
foul there. 1. 1.# 6. -- 1.96. Too
much for her. Morgan Lake still
involved. The men's final is
concluded. Only the women's yet to
be decided. Mariya Lasitskene is out
in front. The reigning champion is
still involved, Vashti Cunningham,
about to take her second attempt, so
is Morgan Lake. Cunningham, second
chance at 1.96. That's close.
much better. Much better jumping
there. Athletics is that mental
game. Trust Trost will think she has
a comfortable bronze. Morgan has to
believe in herself and take it away
from her. Why not, why not?
indeed. A great time to really come
of age, two 20-year-olds battling it
out. Morgan Lake. Well, whatever
happens here, Morgan Lake has done
better than her sixth place last
year at the London Out door
Championships. Guaranteed fourth or
better. 1.96 this a medal potential
jump. Second chance. Knocked it off
on the way up.
On those last two
steps. Her inside shoulder on her
left shoulder, tip it is towards the
bar. When she jumps, she is jumping,
just drifts in. You see how she
rotates that shoulder away, the left
shoulder. That takes her in towards
the bar am you have to have the
courage to stay away and then go
vertical. Come on Morgan.
Morgan. It may be taken out of her
hands because if Alessia Trost goes
clear, it makes Morgan's task even
more difficult. Trost carrying a
foul in the first jump. We've seen
Morgan foul twice at this height of
1.96. Trost very capable, two metre
jumper back in 2013, indoors. Fifth
in Rio. Trost has a Championship
pedigree. Of sorts at least. She has
a Hans here to confirm her bronze
medal. Second jump, 1.96.
Really bad. Just leads in with that
right arm. Just pushes it towards
the bar and you should push it up
into the air. Still in third. One
more jump left.
more jump left.
Mariya Lasitskene in
a class of her own. Morgan Lake in
fourth place at the moment.
Cunningham will get the first chance
to go clear at the third time of
asking. There's Khan, coach to
Morgan lake. -- lake. Striding it
out. Nod of approval, hopefully
giving Morgan the confidence she
needs. She needs to let go and trust
this now. First up, Vashti
Cunningham. Off two fouls. Third
Just came out of her arch early.
Came out of her arch early. What you
have to do is wait. You rotate
around the bar like a bicycle wheel
and then flick your legs out. Got
the timing wrong.
aside. An emotive jump for Morgan
Lake. She has to not think about it
and go for it. That is what I'm
You are right. It's about
adrenaline, motivation, power. You
don't have to make it technical. Now
is your time. A medal on offer. If
you clear this, I'm not sure the
Italian can beat you.
agree. A medal chance for Great
Britain's Morgan Lake. Currently in
fourth place off the back of a
season's best at the previous
She's moved the runup back.
I saw her do it earlier. Moved it
back a foot. Further away, giving
herself more room. Physical she runs
that speed and stays away...
Lake, 1.96, third try. Over striding
there. You could see that.
that. You move the runner back to
counter act what you are doing. It
makes you open up and pushes the
shoulder further ahead. Ah, that was
such an opportunity there really to
step into a medal. She will know.
She will know. For me, she's been
quite a nervous young lady. You see
her jump really well when she smiles
and relaxed and comfortable. You see
her jump really well. Didn't quite
see that today. It's the early
failures, running underneath the bar
in the first attempt at. Messing up
the run at second time. That is what
Big confidence boost for
Morgan Lake. Fourth place, the most
agonising place to finish at a
She is out, three falls at 1.96,
fourth place here this evening. --
three fouls. Crossed is guaranteed
bronze, and can improve, but that's
her third foul also -- Trost. The
competition is over. The Italian
will take bronze, Cunningham Silver,
1.96, three fouls. There is one
athlete, this hugely dominant high
jumper, Maria Lasitskene gets ready
for 1.99. She hasn't had any fouls
so far as we look back at Trost. She
will be pleased with a medal.
Definitely, she hasn't jumped
anywhere near the two metres she has
jumped career-wise. Is that jump
necessary? Do I want to improve my
bronze to a silver? You would hope
so but she will be satisfied with
that. Opportunity missed for Morgan.
Now is her time at the age of 21,
22, that's when you start jumping at
the top of your height and when you
must cement the two-metre jump. You
can jump 1.96 and 1.97 and win
medals and championships. This is a
young lady who has committed herself
to high jump now, I think that's the
sensible way forward for her, based
at the National performance
Institute at Loughborough, full-time
coach, everything going for you.
Unlucky. Maria Lasitskene, the world
leader, 38 consecutive victories,
would you believe? Her last defeat
was in 2016 ahead of Ashley
Cunningham. Morgan Lake in fourth
Here is the men's result.
It was a win for Danil Lysenko,
silver-medallist last summer, and
Barshim, surprise defeat command
Robbie Grabarz, disappointed, I'm
sure, with 2.20 in ninth place.
Robbie Grabarz, disappointed, I'm
sure, with 2.20 in ninth place. What
will be overriding emotion be for
Morgan Lake because that's an
improvement on a global standing at
a major competition compared to the
Worlds in London, but frustration
springs to mind because of the early
She should be frustrated. What she
has seen now she has moved
completely too high jumper is that
even when you are not at your best
you can still come away with a medal
in competitions like that providing
you have the discipline in the early
rounds, and, you know, she will be
gutted because that bronze medal was
so there. She looked better as the
rounds went on and the Heights got
higher. Very frustrating, I think,
In terms of the final
height what were your thoughts on
her approach and technique?
thinking more of a positive spin on
it for her because we know how
talented she is and how she can
deliver so to come to a major
championships and deliver a season's
best, only two high jumpers
delivered a season's best, so I
think he will be positive for her
moving forward and I like the fact
she improved, she moved her shoe out
and became more aggressive to try
and get the medal again.
already assured of the gold...
Sorry, Lasitskene, the men's winner
we saw earlier on. Lasitskene going
for 2.01 and she has cleared that
many times. She is an incredibly
formidable high jumper but it must
be quite tough when you have already
got the gold and go out and push
yourself to be competitive against
I think that part of
athletics is being competitive for
yourself, looking for faster times
and higher jumps become a -- because
there are records and trying to show
you are the best you can be
producing best performance when it
counts, trying to get a higher
height, you will do that in
competition rather than trying to do
it in practice, your chance of
getting that height is better in the
competition. The motivation comes
from trying to get up on that world
all-time list, I'm sure the
motivation was there but it didn't
happen for her today.
Let's look at
Lysenko and his winning jump, which
was when he gets it together a thing
You have seen consistency
in his run-up. That clearance was
just staggering. That consistency of
run-up is key to jumping heights
because you trusted, your placement
is correct every time you go to take
off and you set up technically in
the right position to give yourself
the room to clear the height.
Unfortunately for Morgan today when
we think about the differences
between the consistent jumpers and
being consistent jumpers it is about
work on the runway and the position
they arrived to the bar in.
mentioned the rivalry from Barshim
from last summer to today, that will
be a great thing to watch over the
years, just 20 years old.
he is so young and energetic, but
also to add to that he has this
genuine skill and desire to jump
high. He took on the challenge and
he will look at Barshim and think he
is the world champion and has jumped
really high and I've got to take him
out and he did it today.
is going for 2.01 again and she gets
it and she still doesn't look very
But it's effortless. She's
got to be citing the world record at
some stage in her career because she
is so consistently over two metres.
2.10 is a big jump, it has been a
world record for sometime.
it in her.
She has to, at least
consistently deliver on the big
stages, the next step is world
Maybe that's what she is
saving the big smile for.
She is the world indoor champion,
though, and congratulations to her
and in the end it was a great high
jump competition. Coming up on the
track, the first race on the track,
the first final of these
championships is the women's 3000
metres. One year ago in Laura Muir
conquered the European Indoor
challenges that lay before her in
Belgrade with two golds. This is a
chance for her to win her first
global medal on the world stage.
COMMENTATOR: Once more, what an
athlete this woman is, Genzebe
Dibaba. It will be gold. It's going
to be a gold medal for Netherlands
as Hassan wins the title. Look at
this last lap from Hellen Obiri.
Gold to Kenya. But here is Laura
Muir. She has now got two gold
medals and she is the champion again
and it's another record.
STUDIO: Paula Radcliffe is in the
commentary box ahead of this race
for us. Paula, we have seen the
athletes come out and they have had
their first taste of the track
tonight. You were watching from up
there, no doubt. Your thoughts on
Laura this evening?
She has come
into this year and it's a bit of an
off year for her, we mentioned how
she is concentrating on her studies.
In some ways that means she is tired
but also there is no pressure on
her. Wenxiu came in with those
expectations last year in Belgrade,
she can really go out and have fun
tonight. Having said that, the other
girls will be well aware she has
already won and they will look to
her to see when she makes her move.
There will not be anyone apart from
Klosterhalfen or Dibaba who will
make a move before Laura Muir
Tactics, Laura Muir loves
to take it out and she loves the
front running but indoors it's very
difficult to have it your own way
and at a major championship it is
difficult to have it your own way
It is. Undoubtedly she
will have come in with a plan but
she and Andy will have sat down and
made a plan but it must be flexible
because like you said indoors things
can change so quickly and she must
be well aware of what is going on
around her, who is around her and be
careful when she is making moves.
Paula, you mentioned early on to
make the field is loaded, Genzebe
Dibaba, the world champion from two
years ago is in there amongst others
and they know the threat that Laura
poses to them, obviously from London
and racing her on the circuit. What
kind of tactics will Dibaba go for?
Interesting, Dibaba has raced well,
she has run a 3.57, undoubtedly in
good shape, not as good a shape as
the years when we have seen her come
out and run 8.16. She will be aware
Laura Muir has finishing speed,
Hoolahan can close very fast guy she
closed in 28 seconds in the US
championships so if they let it go
to slow she becomes a big danger. I
think Dibaba might panic. She has
the likes of Obiri and Hassan who
will not make a move early on and
she might decide to go early which
will help Laura.
She knows all about
Obiri and Hassan because she was in
the race with them in the summer,
the 5000 meteors in London when
Obiri won gold and Hassan took the
bronze -- 5000 metres.
All of the
runners know and respect each other
here and they know where each
other's strengths lie and I'm sure
there is lots of respect for Laura
Muir among them and lots of fear for
the way she runs, she runs in a
fearless way and she will take you
by the scruff of the neck and she is
not afraid to lay it all out there
and I fully expect her to do that
tonight but I hope she doesn't go
Thank you, Paula. We will
hear from the Eilish McColgan who is
of course running tonight as well
with her very famous coach and mum,
of course, Liz McColgan. We saw them
together earlier this evening. This
is what Eilish had to say about this
I feel like a medal would be a
very tough ask considering it's
probably the best fielding history
of 3000 metre running. For me, if I
could go in and run a PB that is all
I could ask for. I Lutfur Rahman a
fast race and a strong race and come
out of things knowing that I have
the speed in my legs and that sort
of pace which will help me over the
5K later on this year. Outdoor 5K is
my priority so I feel like a three K
is a good training thing for me to
do to work on my speed work for the
outdoor season. So, yeah, for me to
run a PB and be competitive that's
what I want to become a competitive
against these girls and not fear
them because anything can happen in
any indoor race. I think there is
something like 12 girls sub 8.42. We
have probably had five goals in the
history in the UK run sub 8.42. Is a
strong field, Hassan from the
Netherlands, Obiri comp Dibaba and
Laura Muir, so even the top side of
things is very strong but the depth
throughout the field as well --
Obiri and Dibaba. It is a really
unique race, much stronger than the
1500 so I'm really excited and
almost intrigued to see how it will
go. I just can't wait to get out
there now and hopefully come away
with a quick time.
mentioned, of course, Laura Muir
sacrificed the Commonwealth Games
because of her studies. Colin, you
were a star at both, world indoors
and world Commonwealth Games, but
knowing how much it means to her
knowing how much it means to her off
to race for Scotland she will be
putting so much into this diet, you
Laura Muir, because this is a big
Championships, because until the
Europeans in August this is it for
This must be her focus now, she
will engage with the whole crowd and
hope the home supporters will see
her through. This is incredible, as
has been said, an incredibly
talented field, at no stage in the
race will there be what I would
describe as clear air where you
could run free and fast. There will
always be competitive aspects to it
and Laura will relish the
opportunity of the home crowd giving
her support. She knows this is a
good opportunity for her and I think
all of us will be cheering her every
She was so good in
Belgrade, the field not nearly as
strong as it is tonight.
not a strong. It was strong in
Belgrade and tonight it is. She is a
different athlete, she talked about
how her mindset is. She is a
different athlete. We must commend
her with making those tough
decisions that suit her as a
professional athlete but as a
veterinary student going forward.
That's her life going forward.
Making those life choices are
important and you've got to get it
Steve Cram is up on our
commentary platform ahead of this
one. Welcome back from Pyeongchang,
Steve, glad you made it back for
this one and four tonight because
there seems to be a tempering of
expectation of Laura Muir ahead of
this perhaps compared to the World
Championships because her studies
have been so intense, she has
perhaps not on the level of training
she had a hell of Belgrade last
year. Could she surprise us? Could
she get on to the rostrum? Do you
expect her to push for the medals?
Expect is a strong word. Yes, Laura
expects that. I spoke to her at the
hotel. She is very relaxed. This is
tough. She know it is's tough.
Dibaba, Paula said is beatable.
Obiri is beet beatable.
Obiri is beet beatable. -- beatable.
Hassan has won one race. She needs
to be patient. If she gives herself
a good chance on the last lap I
think she could win a medal.
Lasitskene had her final attempt.
Walking away from here tonight with
that Gold medal that she cleared at
2.01 earlier. She's so far and away
the dominant high jumper in the
world. As Denise said, one day
perhaps that world record will be
hers and maybe not too far away. .
Back to that 3000 metres. The
fireworks are coming. The grand
entrances will be coming in a moment
as well. Just see that failure one
more time. Steve, they will make
their entrance into the arena in a
moment. Eilish McColgan will hope
it's the start of another good year
for her. She made great progress
She made great progress.
At the European Indoor door
Championships where Laura won Eilish
McColgan got bronze and kicked them
into a a good season. I think they
made a mess of it. That high jump
was great. The girls were told there
may be a little delay. Nothing worse
than lining up for a World
Championship final and that is what
it is and being delayed. That isn't
a Grand Prix event. It should have
been choreographed better. This is
has not been good for the 3,000
girls they are ready to come out.
Thank you Steve. I wouldn't expect
anything else but a crumble on night
one. We love you for that. They are
ready to come out now for the 3000
metres. The first race on the track.
The first final on the track of
these World Indoor Championships.
After that almost medal chance there
from Morgan Lake what will it do for
the British team if Laura Muir can
push herself amongst the medals?
It's a natural lift. Be honest,
medals for the British team are
going to be light on the ground.
That's for many reasons, one in
particular, you highlighted, the
Commonwealth Games. People are
making the choice not to be here.
Commonwealth Games. People are
making the choice not to be here. It
will be great for the team if she
can deliver here.
The fireworks are
coming, the lights are down. Steve
Cram it's over to you and Paula
COMMENTATOR: Thank you. They will be
introduced from that door on the
right hand side. The far side of the
track. The fireworks, whatever else
we are going to get, will begin in a
couple of seconds time. Out one by
one fairly quickly. The track events
more of an individual introduction.
This is an incredibly strong field.
Genevieve Lalonde had a good start
to her season. New Canadian record
holder. Then second out is Eilish
McColgan. As I said, Eilish McColgan
that indoor performance where she
picked up a couple of places on the
last 200 metres really set her up
nicely for an incredible year for
her in terms of times and
performances. Tamara Armoush,
running for Jordan. 9.27. She will
do well to stay with this field.
Sifan Hassan. I said - I can't see -
she's run a good 3000. Trains in
America. Dominique Scott, very good
last 18 months or so. Former
US-based South African. The next
athlete out I think, Paula is right
to highlight as a threat. Shelby
Houlihan doubled up with the US
champs. She had a great 3000 race
and won the 1500. In the shape of
her life. Konstanze Klosterhalfen
the 21-year-old German who loves to
front run. Ran a superb time at the
German Championships on her own.
Genzebe Dibaba the two-time
championship at this distance at the
World Indoors. At her best very
difficult to beat. Katie Mackey the
second of the two Americans. Pipped
Colbourne on the line in the US
championships to take the second
spot. Fantu Worku may do work for
Dibaba or help her out. She's only
18. Good junior career and her first
taj of a major championships as a
senior. Meraf Bahta, runs for
Sweden. She is wondering where to
go. Former European Champion at 5000
metres. Laura Muir will get a great
reception. As Paula was saying, an
eventful journey down. Two flights
cancelled. Decided to make it by
car. Had to fight their way down the
M74. Thankfully after that things
got easier. It was late last night
she got here. Seems pretty relaxed
about that. Hellen Obiri almost
tripping up. Can she add the World
Indoor title here. Hellen Obiri a
were former World Indoor Champion in
2012 herself. Well, I think for
distance runners it's the sort of
race that they really relish with
Laura Muir taking on some of the
world's best distance runners at
1500 and 5000 metres coming together
at the classic 3,000-metre distance.
15 laps indoors. Eilish McColgan
joining Laura Muir in their quest to
win a medal for Great Britain.
3,000-metre race which brings
together the quick 1500 metre runs,
the distance specialists as well.
With Laura Muir having 1.59 800
metres with the likes of Genzebe
Dibaba will not hang around until
the last two or three laps. Others
can finish fast. As Paula rightly
said. Paula, as ever, these races
tend to start slowly and then at
some point it will get going?
did. The prize for starting the
slowest went to Genzebe Dibaba. She
gave the others a good second or so
head start. She has got what she
wanted. Able now to track Sifan
Hassan and keep her eye on the rest
of the field. Laura Muir has found
herself at the front. Which is
probably what the rest of the field
would have expected.
Laura I think
is an athlete who excels indoors.
She is a great out door runner.
She's even better indoors, I think.
That's partly her stature, that
helps. The bad weather up in
Glasgow, she said I don't mind I've
been training indoors for indoor
championship. Hellen Obiri right
there as well. One Kenyan in this.
Konstanze Klosterhalfen in
particular another who likes to
front run. Klosterhalfen, just that
slightly longer stride. Might feel
more comfortable out front.
Wen couldn't get much pushing in the
3000. Laura Muir set off at a
reasonable pace. Not too slow. It's
certainly not the race pace that
these women are capable of.
can see Eilish McColgan having to
chop her stride. Another one, like
Klosterhalfen with a long stride.
She is trapped on the curve there
behind Laura Muir. She's chopping
her stride. Clipped by Dominique
Scott behind her. You can tell she
is not happy there. If a gap opens
up, don't be surprised if you see
Eilish McColgan grabs it and
Klosterhalfen has decided to wait
her time a little bit.
Six of the
last seven champions in this
distance have come from Ethiopia.
The one that didn't was Hellen Obiri
from Kenya. Were it to not be one of
those two nations winning, then we
breaking long, goes all the way
back, these championships haven't
always been held in two years. 2003
in Birmingham the year after they
were held immediately one year
afterwards. Genzebe Dibaba would
love to make it three world titles
for her. Hassan winning the 1500
metre title in Portland. No slouch
in the latter stages. It was a medal
of 5000 she won outdoors. There she
is, Sifan Hassan. Only won one race,
only the 3000 this years?
in knowing what shape she is in. She
took time to settle into the
training group in Portland. She was
a little bit not herself last year.
Genzebe Dibaba quickly making a move
around the outside. Sifan Hassan nt
yet responded. She has started to
close up now. It's not the decisive
move from Dibaba. It's getting
herself in closer order and
recognising the fact that Konstanze
Klosterhalfen had gone hard to the
front and made her bid to stretch
this out a little bit.
indeed. It's become a 2,000-metre
race. It was the lap before this,
just about now, that Dibaba last
time in Portland threw in a 63
400-metre stretch that blew the
field apart. I don't think she will
do that here. Bahta is moving up the
outside. All the big names starting
to gather behind Klosterhalfen, who
will now have to make this a long
run for home. She is capable of it.
She is very strong. This is going to
be wearing people down gradually.
Can you hang on, particularly for
the likes of Eilish McColgan. For
Shelby Houlihan the others, all of
those, are now knowing this next
1000 metres will determine whether
or not they can hang on to be there
when the medals are handed out.
think this is going to be a long
turning of the screw now by
Konstanze Klosterhalfen. She hasn't
put a burst of speed. She has picked
it up. The big names reacted quickly
to that. She is comfortable. Very
fearless. Not afraid to run from the
front. She run 8. 36 this year
indoors, completely on her own. She
knows the pace she can run at her
own. Almost run better when she is
free of the field and able to run.
She will be glancing up at the
screens and she will have seen the
effect that already that surge has
had on the rest of the field.
slow first 1500 metres. Harping back
to 2016, Dibaba ran 4.8 for the last
1500 metres. Klosterhalfen trying to
do something similar. Will want to
stretch it out. Doesn't have the
1500 metre pace. She has run sub
four minutes outdoors. You get the
fielding for her she will be hoping
that she can Whittle this down,
gradually get rid of a few. Won't be
for a few laps yet. Too many good
runners behind her. She has a look
over her showned shoulder. A big
screen at the bottom. As you head
down the back straight. A better
view of who is there. It's Dibaba,
Obiri, Laura Muir, Meraf Bahta,
Dominique Scott, Worku, Houlihan and
McColgan. If this was part of Laura
Muir's plan. At the front, but
wasn't doing anything with it. She
didn't want to be there.
metres this year she went too fast
and paid for it in the closing
stages. Within her plan is not to go
too fast in the closing stages. To
set it up for somebody else to do
the work and react to it.
the seconding 1000 metres. We are in
a real race. Dibaba decided, right,
thank you very much, Konstanze
Klosterhalfen, I will take this on
for from here. Beer Obiri quick to
cover Laura Muir trying to close the
gap. Klosterhalfen checking as Obiri
cuts in front of her. Hassan getting
closer. Eilish McColgan tailed off
at this point. They are coming
round, four laps. 800 metres. Dibaba
issic maing a real run for homele.
Laura Muir has a great chance.
Gathering herself. Still very much
involved. So there are now nine odd
clear. Eight are clear of the rest.
A big gap after that. Dibaba is
having to work hard here. She's not
having as much effect as she would
Now Hassan moves around
Laura Muir a on to the shoulder of
Klosterhalfen. She has nerves of
steel. She did not panic at all.
There she worked her way gradually.
A clip there as she went too close.
Muir moves around. She has to watch
as Klosterhalfen moves wide.
is really turning the screw here.
Obiri is struggling. Laura Muir
looked as though she wanted to get
ahead. Didn't have the pace. Working
hard to find her position shech has
a Hans chance here. Obiri is fading.
The effort to go with Dibaba may
have put paid to her chances.
Dibaba, Hassan and Laura Muir. 400
metres, two laps.
She still has a
chance here. Dibaba isn't moving any
quicker away. She's in the shadow,
in the slip stream of Sifan Hassan.
If she can wait am. Not go too soon
and aware of the lap runners as they
Beerberg is, working
hard to hang on to Laura Muir.
Hassan is bringing Laura Muir back
to Dibaba. Dibaba threw in a 31
after a 33 and a 32. Now Dibaba
tries to kick again. Laura Muir
looks like there is a medal here.
Dibaba is trying to go. She has to
pick it up. They are coming. Hassan
and Laura Muir just getting closer.
Step-by-step. Hassan is closing.
Muir is using it to get to Dibaba.
She's got a medal. What colour will
it be? Dibaba trying to make it
three world titles in a row. Kicks
again. Hassan tries. Here comes
Laura Muir. One last effort. Dibaba,
looking for the line. She's just
about going to make it. Genzebe
Dibaba gets the gold, Hassan gets
the silver. Laura Muir the bronze.
2.37 for the last kilometer. That is
very, very quick indeed. Eilish
McColgan, I'm watching come in
almost stepping on the kerb as she
comes into the last 20
I thought Laura would have to run
extremely well to get a medal in
this field, you had to beat somebody
very good, that somebody on this
occasion was Hellen Obiri. Hats off
to Dibaba, she went hard and knew
what she had to do, Hassan almost
brought Laura back to her, I thought
Dibaba was starting to struggle with
400 to go but she found something
else. 31.4 before the last 100
metres and around the last 461.4,
That's very, very fast
off the back of an already quicker
second 1000 metres as well, and
that's what has done the damage and
Laura Muir has run really well. Like
you, Steve, I thought for a fleeting
second Dibaba had got the lapse a
bit wrong and overcooked it and was
tying up with 200 metres to go but
she found enough to pick it up again
for the last lap and stay clear of
the two chasing who sensed she was
fading and have the bit between
their teeth. Laura Muir did nothing
wrong, she got herself in the right
position to get past Hassan almost
in the last few strides and she
didn't quite have enough. I'm
pleased for Sifan Hassan. After the
year she had last year she needed a
boost and she has come out and got
She had a great
rivalry with Dibaba. Laura Muir will
be delighted, she has a world medal
in doors, something she excels at,
and I think to come here and win a
medal is something she thoroughly
deserves. She's got a tough year
ahead in terms of her studies. We
have heard all about that, she will
be around at the European
Championships in the summer and had
into the Worlds next year. Genzebe
Dibaba, 4.4, last 1500 metres, that
is exceptional. Dibaba, we have to
admit, when she goes like this. It
was smart, Paula, because she may
have sensed they were kicking and
she kicked with about 20 metres to
go before the bell which almost
looked as if she was heading for the
line but she had 225 metres to go as
it were, and she got the extra yard
or two which she was able to hold
onto as they came off the bend. At
this point Laura Muir looks like she
might get past Hassan but Hassan is
a fighter and holds her off. Great
Really good race, looking
again at the last 50 metres, they
are all working to the absolute
limit, of course, because it is a
World Championship final. You can
see how hard Genzebe Dibaba is
working on her face, that is rare,
it is usual to see Sifan Hassan
digging deep and Laura Muir working
hard but to see Genzebe Dibaba
working to her limit, we don't often
see that. Some people might say
Sifan Hassan moved out wide and
blocked Laura Muir. I don't think
she was, I think she had seen
Bobocea in front of her and she
moved out thinking she would have to
work around that lapped athlete.
don't think there is anything wrong
with what happened. Dibaba doing the
smart thing moving out in the home
straight and make anyone coming on
the outside go a bit further. Hassan
doing the same, well aware of Laura
Muir, she never quite got in front
of her, or right of alongside her so
I don't think there was any
hindrance, I don't think Laura would
say there was either. It was all
fair. Great bronze medal for Laura
Muir, 1500 to come, they are all
running that, most of these women
are, that gives us a point to. They
have heats tomorrow, Laura Muir is
in Genzebe Dibaba's heat tomorrow so
if they didn't already know each
other very well, which they do, then
they certainly will get to know each
other's capabilities even more this
weekend. That means a lot to Laura
Muir. She has had lots of ups and
downs and that fourth place at the
World Championships last year was a
real stinger for her. So, a bronze
medal this time, excellent
performance, season's best. She has
run quicker in a mixed race, so
although that says a best she ran
faster earlier on in the season.
Sifan Hassan, the silver medal for
the Netherlands and the Golden
Miller goes to Genzebe Dibaba again,
of Ethiopia. -- the gold medal.
Miller goes to Genzebe Dibaba again,
of Ethiopia. -- the gold medal.
STUDIO: That was a good way to end
the first night, great race and
fantastic finish from Laura Muir.
was a stunning race, thrilling from
the start. It was always going to
be, not so scrappy, but very
competitive and Laura was in the
right place at the right time ready
to strike. Fantastic distance
What did you make of the
elbows on the line, Michael?
thought it was smart running by
Hassan, actually. I think for Laura
this was always going to be tough
but there was going to be an
opportunity and it was that balance,
tough race with great athletes but I
think they are all aware that she
has been running really well and she
seems to have really matured over
the years. Listening to her
interviews she sounds much more sure
of herself and confident which
ultimately translates into success
on the track. This as a global medal
is a fantastic start for her in what
could be an amazing future. We saw
last year outdoors she is right
there. This is a great start for
Obiri, she ended up at
overtaking, who was fourth in
London, this is the progress we are
talking about with young athletes
pushing themselves and this field is
stacked, it's not like she has come
here and put herself among people
who were not in London. These are
the winning she couldn't get past.
Absolutely and when you take a race
like this on, she would have looked
at the schedule and how it worked
out and thought to herself, you know
what, I'm as good as these athletes
these days, my quality and
performance as I can do our
world-class and its been
demonstrated. No chance of Laura
would give up, she worked hard all
the way into the line, beaten by
somebody who was a bit more racist
Savea the end. She did enough just
to make Laura, if she wants this she
will have to go around a long way.
Brilliant race, exciting to see for
all of us, and the kind of race we
Paula, who is in the
commentary box, I believe, if this
is the moment she is breaking in
is the moment she is breaking in to
global medals and doing it in one of
the toughest years of her life when
she does her finals for her better
marine exams, things are looking
rosy for Laura Muir's running
It looks really good and
it's almost like she has cracked the
nemesis that was stopping her
breaking through and getting that
medal. So many times she came been
challenging for a medal, didn't do
anything wrong, ran really well but
didn't walk away with a medal. This
time she walks away with a medal and
knows she hasn't come in 100% and
she knows she can build on that and
come back in the 1500 and do it
They were exhausted, Laura
was lying on the track and looked
spent. You have no worries about her
being back for 1500 metres?
will. You should try and run a
thousand metres and see what you
I wasn't judging her,
just wondering how they will get
themselves up tomorrow for the 1500
Laura is one of the
strongest athletes out there so she
will recover from that, not with
ease, but she will take it in her
What will she do, Paula?
Will she have an ice bath? You don't
need an ice bath, just run outside.
Just go down to the canal! Sure have
some sort of ice bath, definitely a
massage, get and food into her
quickly and a good night's sleep to
Thank you, Paula. We have
three medal ceremonies back to back
because all of these events tonight
were finals, and those high jump
medal ceremonies will come first.
It's the women's first and Steve
Cram, take it away.
It's the women's first and Steve
Cram, take it away. COMMENTATOR:
Thank you. This is all looking very
nice, Seb Coe walking out with a bit
of atmosphere, a bit of moody music.
Seb Coe is a big fan of jazz, in
case you didn't know. Good
competition. Morgan Lake, so close
to winning a medal, finishing in
fourth place after a couple of
failures at her opening height of
1.84. But the champion Lasitskene
has been supreme, her 30th
consecutive victory. Just
remembering that Sebastian Coe and
the IAAF still not allowing athletes
to compete for Russia. You may have
been following what happened at the
Winter Olympics when they were named
as Olympic athletes from Russia.
They compete under the acronym ANA
here but I haven't seen a Russian
flag in Birmingham so I'm sure that
will be fluttering when she stands
on the rostrum here.
Sebastian Coe, IAAF President.
Sebastian Coe gets to present these
striking medals, as Gabby was
saying, designed by local students,
the bronze medal going to Alessia
Trost of Italy.
Trost of Italy. Remember her being
so delighted when she won a medal at
the European Indoors three years ago
in 2015. That was a bit of a
surprise for her then and I think
this one pretty much as much so.
Only 1.93. I think the jury might be
out as to whether the whole thing
with the two high jump competition
is facing each other. Nice to get
the thoughts of the competitors
themselves on that. The former
champion now, she came in as the
defending champion, Vashti
Cunningham, still just 20. Amazing
to think that because she has been
talked about for such a long time.
Silver medal this time. Only, I say
only, clearing 1.93, you'd expect
her to come to a World Indoor
Championships and go a bit higher
than that. But no doubt about the
winner. Authorised neutral athlete
Mariya Lasitskene. The gold medal
continuing what has been a stunning
couple of years for her, world
champion in 2015 and 2017, not
allowed to compete in the Olympic
Games, of course. Morgan Lake's
fourth is the best ever position by
a Brit in this event, the previous
was fifth by Dyah Davis and Debbie
-- Diana Davis.
So, no national anthem for
Lasitskene, I think that is the IAAF
hymn, it may have been written by
Seb Coe, not sure. There are your
medallists. The men's high jump to
come shortly and then Laura Muir in
the 3000 metres after that.
the 3000 metres after that. Lots of
Russian athletes will think
themselves lucky they are allowed to
compete with an exemption from the
band but she didn't look
particularly impressed at the IAAF
music playing instead of the Russian
anthem, and it must be a strange
position to be in when you are a
world champion and it's that moment
of your flag and your anthem doesn't
It doesn't but she was
looking for the flags because I
couldn't see them either.
at the very far end.
She knows the
position. What you can't take away
from her is her incredible unbeaten
run. She is just sensational. I
can't think of another athlete of
the top of my head who has had
38. That was her 30th
unbeaten, consecutive victory. How
long did you,, Michael?
It's at least a big enough
number that we will never know what
Still only half of Ed Moses.
There was 89 in the sprints as well.
She has a long way to go.
is her winning jump of 1.96, and of
course at this point she had cleared
everything before her.
What I like about it. She could have
quit, couldn't she. She could have
said, I will do these consistently,
enough to win. I think she wants to
go for that over two metres time and
time again. If you get through every
single competition over two metres
mark that is huge. It gets into the
mindset of your rivals. It doesn't
matter what she will do, she will
always get over that two metres, so
you have to raise your game.
wants more than that. She's got to.
Two metres consistently, I would say
is nothing, she does it is with such
ease she has to be putting herself
against - OK can I get up to 2.08.
Went to 2.07. She needs those higher
heights to know what 2.10 might
really feel like.
When you are
feeling it and you are feeling
confident and things are flowing,
you are executing exactly as you
planned. Which doesn't always
happen, when that is the case you
know this is an opportunity then for
me to achieve maybe a personal best.
That's your opportunity to go for
I'm sure somebody will come
along who will push her and push her
and break that consecutive streak at
some point. At the moment there
isn't that kind of rivalry like we
are seeing here with the men, with
Barshim and Lysenko. They have
traded places from the summer, from
London when Barshim was the World
Champion and Lysenko will be the man
on the top podium. Steve Cram.
on the top podium. Steve Cram. STER
CRAM: He is. We will hear that
anthem again. I knew it wasn't
written by Seb Coe. Just in case you
thought... I was only joke being
that. This men's competition. To
remind you, Robbie Grabarz finishing
in ninth place. Disappointment for
him going out at 2.25. Took three
attempt to get over 2.20.
Vice President, Dahlan Al Hamid.
will present the medals for this
event. The man who finishes third,
Germany I don't think have ever won
a high jump medal indoors.
a high jump medal indoors. It's his
country's first and his in this
event. Delighted young man. 2.29.
Deseent performance. He thought he
might not get a medal if he clears
2.29. He Detective Inspector have to
go too high to get a medal. The top
two, the two we would have expected
before hand, not necessarily in this
order. -- didn't. His -- he always
has a smiles.
Our champion Danil Lysenko,
authorised neutral athlete. Cleared
of course by Iaaf to compete. So he
will get to hear the Iaaf hymn as
well. Good clearance from him at the
end, wasn't it, 2.36. Good way to
win a good competition between
himself and Barshim.
Iaaf ANTHEM PLAYS
Silver out doors in London last year
and he's turned that into a Gold
medal and the title of World
Champion, Danil Lysenko. Still just
20 himself as well. He's got a big
future. No doubt these two will be
scrapping over the medals I'm sure
for a few years to come. This time
it's Lysenko who comes out on top.
STUDIO: Morgan Lake finished fourth
in that Women's
STUDIO: Morgan Lake finished fourth
in that Women's High Jump
competition. To close to winning her
first major medal on the global
stage. It wasn't to be. We caught up
with her straight afterwards.
Morgan, I heat hate to go in with a
cliche so early. Fourth place, a
bitter place to come?
Not a fun
place to come especially being able
to jump the same as silver and
bronze. 1.93 on countback.
was that that ultimately it came to
the countback and it came down to
those first two no-jumps?
was quite nervous at the start. It's
a big occasion. My home champs. I
let it get the best of me. I jumped
85 in warm-up. I knew it was there.
Lucky to get my third attempt to 84
at the beginning. It came came down
Having said all that, after
the two first no-jumps the thoughts
in this stadium were clearly
ominous, you composed yourself and
got it. How did you feel at that
I thobg thought I'd knocked.
It I hit it and saw rattle. I said
please, I need luck. I stayed on.
Jumps following that were much
better. I know what part I need to
work on now.
Another point when you
cleared 1.93, you were in a ritual,
really talking to yourself. What
were you saying to yourself?
going through my run-up and what I
need to do. Making sure I was in the
moment. Taking in the crowd, really.
It's an improvement on your global
successes so far.
take forward to the Commonwealth
Season's best and fourth in the
world. Can't complain. Puts me in a
good place going to the Gold Coast
in a couple of weeks.
Thank you very
But Laura Muir did one better
than her performance in London. She
got amongst the medals. She got a
bronze. This will be a very proud
moment for her and for all of us
watching her progress, Steve Cram.
watching her progress, Steve Cram.
STEVE CRAM: it will indeed. A full
set of Scottish medals in the 3000
women indoors. Murray, and McColgan
and Muir has won a bronze. This
tough, tough race. We talk about
greats in our sport.
and Genzebe Dibaba are very much in
that bracket. Laura Muir knew that
to win a medal today she to be at
her best, and she was. A tough last
1000 metres. She steps up on the
rostrum at a World Championships for
the first time. European Indoor
Champion last year and a bronze at
the World Indoor Championships. 1500
still to come of course for Laura.
She will be pleased to have picked
something up here. She will be
running against very much, I think
ten of that field will all be
contesting in the 1500 metres,
including the two women who finished
ahead of her. Sifan Hassan.
Sometimes she doesn't give herself a
chance. She was maybe too far back
when Dibaba put her foot down. Did
her best to close the gap. She had
to fight off Laura Muir in the last
20, 30 metres. Another good
performance from the very popular
Our winner, a third World Indoor
title. Just one shy now of the
record in this event. Genzebe Dibaba
of Ethiopia. Had a very
disappointing 2016, but she raced
well so far this indoor season. Not
at her absolute best. Good enough
here. Was helped by Klosterhalfen
taking the pace out hard in the
second 1000 metres. She went harder
over the last 1000 and finish well,
very impressive indeed.
Well done Laura Muir. Great start
Forlan her and the British team to
get a medal on the first night.
Medals will be hard to come back in
these World Indoor Championships.
That bronze, I'm sure as the weekend
goes by, we will realise how good
that is. They will be back tomorrow
evening to contest the 1500 heats.
Laura Muir does have Genzebe Dibaba
in her heat tomorrow evening.
Laura Muir does have Genzebe Dibaba
in her heat tomorrow evening.
STUDIO: Thank you Steve. A lovely
moment for Laura Muir. Genzebe
Dibaba as well of course. Now a
double world indoor champion. Just
completely dominant, isn't she, over
the distances. She takes on over the
world. Fantastic athlete. A tiny
athlete. How tiny? She had to have a
plastic box to step on to the Gold
medal platform. Nobody else in the
high jump competition needed that,
but they are obviously a much more
petite breed, aren't they, these
middle and distance run runners.
Laura Muir has the 1500 metres to
come as well. Great moment for her.
She will go down and no doubt there
will be massage and some ice
involved. Hopefully, lots of sleep.
We will see her again in action
tomorrow and it will be another
packed day. We have
tomorrow and it will be another
packed day. We have loads of
athletics 9.00am tomorrow morning on
BBC Two. We are on again for the
evening session at 5. 50pm. Almost
ten hours of live athletics for you
tomorrow, including the 400 metres.
60 metres heat. Jonelle Filigno
going, European Champion. What are
you looking forward to?
going, European Champion. What are
you looking forward to?
much to look forward to tomorrow.
Great having you back together gang.
See you here bright and early.
9.00am, tomorrow morning, on BBC
Two. See you then.
Gabby Logan introduces live coverage of the World Championships at Birmingham Arena. Great Britain's double European indoor champion Laura Muir is in action on Thursday evening, as she runs in the 3,000m final.
Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson provide expert analysis, with commentary by Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Steve Backley.