Today is the start of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Poland, providing a great opportunity for some young British stars to gain their first medal in the sport. It’s a championships that is hard to predict, but we’ve picked out a few stars who we believe have a great chance of winning something this weekend.
Holly Bleasdale – Pole Vault
Pole Vault is an area that we are looking particularly strong this year, with both Bleasdale and Luke Cutts ranking amongst the best there are. There is some tough competition in this event for Holly, but if she can produce her best when it matters then the medal hopes are high.
Katerina Johnson-Thompson – Long Jump
Katarina is not competing in the pentathlon this year, and although this is a shame for both her and viewers, it could work to her advantage in terms of winning a medal; leaving her fresh to concentrate on the long jump. The reigning world junior long jump champion looks in good shape, and although there is some tough competition, picking up a bronze or silver medal is not out of the question.
Andrew Osagie – 800m
Andrew is up against Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman and a number of other strong competitors, so his medal hopes are by no means guaranteed. However, he will know this event and his rivals well and he is definitely capable of winning a medal this year.
Robbie Grabarz – High Jump
Having already won an Olympic bronze medal, there is no doubt that Robbie is in with a chance this weekend. Ivan Ukhov (Russia) is easily the favourite in this event, and he will be extremely tough to beat. But with the unpredictability that comes on the world stage, you never know what might happen.