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It was a role reversal from last summer’s IAAF World Championships in London, as Danil Lysenko gained revenge on Mutaz Essa Barshim in a thrilling battle on the opening night of the championships.
Mariya Lasitskene arrived in Birmingham as one of these championships’ strongest favourites for gold. It was a role she lived up to admirably and with relative ease, winning her second world indoor title with the largest winning margin ever at a World Indoor Championships.
Katerina Stefanidi has a rather impressive medal collection.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s team captains Andrew Pozzi and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke spoke to the press on the eve of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
The pressure of performing in the intense heat of a major championship cauldron can either make or break an athlete. But if the aura of calm generating from Kevin Mayer is anything to go by, then the combined events star is poised for a golden weekend ahead.
Greetings from the British Midlands, the chilly host of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018. But fear not, things will heat up dramatically when competition kicks off this evening.
The IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 gets under way on Thursday 1 March and you can follow all the action on the IAAF website and its associated platforms and channels.
Fans from the following territories and countries can follow the live stream on the IAAF's Facebook and YouTube channels:
Olympic 100m hurdles silver medallist Nia Ali is a top-quality performer outdoors but she is perhaps best remembered for winning back-to-back world indoor 60m hurdles titles in 2014 and 2016 and, remarkably, giving birth to her son, Titus, in between her twin global successes.
Fans from the following territories and countries can tune in to coverage of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 from 1-4 March.
In August last year Christian Coleman travelled to London hoping to make his mark on the global stage in Usain Bolt’s big farewell race. Seven months on from the young US athlete’s breakthrough silver medal 100m run ahead of the retiring Jamaican legend at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, Coleman returns to England as the first sprint phenomenon of the post-Bolt era.
Pavel Maslak will face an uphill battle in his ambitions to become the first three-time 400m champion.
With only one hundredth of a second separating them at the USA Indoor Championships, Courtney Okolo and Shakima Wimbley head to Birmingham among the favourites for 400m gold.
Following his swift 1:44.21 African record and world-leading performance in New York at the start of February, Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir will head into the competition as one of the gold medal contenders.
Francine Niyonsaba was new to treading the boards when she powered to Burundi’s first world indoor title in Portland two years ago. That was a home-from-home victory for the 2012 African champion, coming just two months after her move to nearby Eugene to join the Oregon Track Club.
Two former winners of the title head to Birmingham occupying the top two places on the entry list.
Genzebe Dibaba has already made her mark on the indoor track at Arena Birmingham. Back in February 2014, the diminutive Ethiopian demolished Meseret Defar’s two mile world best with the 9:00.48 figures that still stand today. It was Dibaba’s third global mark in 15 days that month.
The stage is set for a thrilling 3000m battle on the final day of the championships as several men look equally capable of storming to glory in a race where team tactics could come into play.
The women’s 3000m has the makings of being the event of the championships.