Great Britain & Northern Ireland
At a home Championships, there will be expectation on the British team to go out and perform, and if their showings at the IAAF World Indoor Championships is anything to go by, there could be plenty of success once again in London.
When it comes to much heralded British track athletes, middle distance stars Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett dominated the 800m and 1500m in the early 80s, with a new breed of middle-distance athletes now taking centre stage.
The emergence of Elliot Giles as a force to be reckoned with in the men’s 800m, Laura Muir asserting her dominance at the top of the 800m, 1500m and 5000m both indoors and outdoors, and the huge success of both the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams shows Great Britain & Northern Ireland’s progress.
The men’s relay team are the current World Champions, with CJ Ujah, Danny Talbot, Netheneel Mitchell-Blake and Adam Gemili the stars of the show in London last summer, while the women’s quartet are the Olympic bronze medallists and World Championship silver medallists.
Aside from being a talented relay quartet, the likes of Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Desiree Henry and Daryll Neita are all equally as deadly on the track over 100m or 200m in their respective disciplines.
Out in the field, Sophie Hitchon, who took an incredible bronze in the women’s hammer throw at the 2016 Olympic Games, is another character who has shown she has what it takes to compete at the very top.
Her compatriot Nick Miller is just as difficult to come up against in the men’s event, while precocious talent Morgan Lake has finished sixth and fourth in back to back world finals, so is a force to be reckoned in the coming year. Elsewhere, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson is a likely candidate to cause problems in both the high jump and the long jump.
Did you know?
11 of the current standing track and field world records have been set in London, the most currently held by a single city anywhere in the world.
Facts from IAAF World Championships London 2017