Is there a bigger favourite for gold at these championships than Mariya Lasitskene in the women's high jump? Considering the 25-year-old's staggering momentum, along with conventional wisdom, that answer is clearly 'no'.
With no fewer than nine men owning season’s bests of 5.88m or better, the men’s pole vault promises to be one of the most keenly contested events at the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
For 12 months now, Katerina Stefanidi has been untouchable in the women’s pole vault.
For the second straight major championships, the men's long jump has shaped into a battle between South Africa's Luvo Manyonga and Jarrion Lawson of the USA.
Following her two-year hiatus of 2014-15, the Brittney Reece world-title-winning bandwagon is gathering momentum once again.
When Almir dos Santos made his international debut at the 2012 World U20 Championships, he competed in the high jump. At last year’s South American Championships, he competed in the long jump. And now he heads to the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 as the favourite for the triple jump.
Although she hasn’t competed since last August, Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas will defend her world indoor triple jump title.
IAAF World Indoor Tour winner Tomas Stanek is enjoying a rich vein of form this winter with victory in four out of five competitions in addition to an eye-catching 22.17m Czech record in Dusseldorf earlier this month.
Gong Lijiao hasn’t competed at a major indoor championships since taking world indoor bronze in 2014, but the world champion from China will still start as one of the favourites for the women’s shot put.
Ashton Eaton’s shoes – all 10 pairs of them – are big ones to fill, but a world indoor title would be another step towards combined events greatness for Kevin Mayer in the post-Eaton era.
The last time Katarina Johnson-Thompson contested a pentathlon, at the 2015 European Indoor Championships in Prague, she finished a tantalising 13 points shy of Nataliya Dobrynska’s world record tally of 5013.
When considering the contenders for the men’s 4x400m title at any global championships, it’s always hard to look past the USA.
A fierce squad which includes three of the four women who carried their team to gold in the 4x400m final at last year’s World Championships will be gunning for the USA’s third straight victory.
The athletics statistics handbook for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 is now available on the IAAF website as an ebook and a downloadable PDF.
With the latest season of the IAAF World Indoor Tour having come to a close after the last of its six meetings, 11 athletes have booked their place at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
Lebogang Shange became the first African athlete to win a race in the Mexican leg of the IAAF Race Walking Challenge in Monterrey, where Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez and Andres Chocho also enjoyed a successful weekend during the two-day Memorial Jerzy Hausleber.
Enyew Mekonnen and Enatnesh Almirew clinched the senior men’s and women’s senior titles, respetively, at the 35th Jan Meda International Cross Country, which doubles as the Ethiopian national championships, at the Jan Meda race course in Addis Ababa on Sunday (25).
Sam Kendricks and Renaud Lavillenie cleared a world-leading 5.93m at the All Star Perche pole vault meeting in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand on Sunday (25).
The provisional entry lists for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, which take place from 1-4 March, are now available.
In typical fashion for the closest rivalry in athletics, US sprint hurdlers Christina Manning and Sharika Nelvis were tied on points in the IAAF World Indoor Tour standings at the end of the Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow on Sunday (25).