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Welcome to day three of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
A gold medal for the home fans to cheer, a long jump competition for the ages, a scintillating sprint and a world leading performance in the shot put were among the many highlights from Friday’s evening session at Arena Birmingham.
It has been nine years in coming, but finally the talented all-rounder from the home of The Beatles has made it to number one spot in the world as a senior.
Illustrating competitive nerve and verve beyond his 19 years, Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria emerged victorious in one of the most competitive World Indoor Championships long jump finals in recent memory.
After winning medals at seven of her eight most recent major championship appearances, Anita Marton finally won a global title and became Hungary’s first world indoor champion.
With just the first two across the line earning a spot in Saturday's final, the three semis promised schoolyard-style scraps. All three delivered.
Shakima Wimbley and Courtney Okolo traveled to Birmingham as the fastest two athletes in the field and the USA duo both won their respective 400m semi finals to keep alive the possibility of an American 1-2 in the event.
Just shy of 24 hours after their thrilling battle for the medals in the women’s 3000m final on opening night, Genzebe Dibaba, Sifan Hassan and Laura Muir were back on track in Arena Birmingham, scrapping for places in Saturday’s (3 August) 1500m final.
The women’s 60m finalists were decided in three thrilling semifinal heats, with two-time world silver medallist Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast storming to a scorching 7.01 world lead in the process.
Finding herself lost somewhat in the shadows of teammates Sharika Nelvis and Christina Manning this season, Kendra Harrison sent a little message in the opening round of the women's 60m hurdles: don't forget about me.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson went into the penultimate pentathlon event just 13 points down on leader Yorgelis Rodriguez of Cuba following an indoor shot PB of 12.68m.
With Birmingham’s educational establishments closed thanks to the inclement weather, local children who had been gifted tickets were unfortunately denied the opportunity to witness world class athletics up close.
A trio of Ethiopians and a Kenyan duo were amongst the top qualifiers going through to Sunday afternoon’s final.
Heading into pentathlon event number three, Katarina Johnson-Thompson was on course for a comfortable victory ahead of Ivona Dadic and Yorgelis Rodriguez and Erica Bougard.
The IAAF is deeply saddened by the news that Dr David E Martin, the globally respected and renowned USA physiologist, coach, statistician and historian of running, died on Wednesday (28 Feb). He was 78.
It must be a great feeling to go into a major championships in the form of your life and Lea Sprunger’s beaming smile following her comfortable victory in the second of six 400m heats spoke volumes.
It was a disaster in the high jump that cost Katarina Johnson-Thompson dearly in the heptathlon at last year’s IAAF World Championships. The British record holder in the event with 1.98m, she could only manage a 1.80m clearance and finished out of the medals in fifth. Compounding the agony, she proceeded to place fifth in the high jump final with 1.95m.