Team GB is hoping for a success in Torun ahead of the Olympics later this year

The European Athletics Championships this weekend offer athletics fans who have seen little of the sport in the past year a welcome relief

The 36 Biennial event takes place in Torun, Poland, and is a wonderful opportunity for athletes to showcase their qualifications before the Tokyo Games or to compete for themselves

Leading European athlete Keely Hodgkinson, 2018 60m world champion Andrew Pozzi, and Holly Indoor silver medalist Holly Bradshaw are among the leading names to compete this week

Dina Asher-Smith, Elliot Giles and Laura Muir will fail to focus on this year’s belated Olympics, but there are many more Olympic hopefuls on the UK team of 46, including Jamie Webb and Morgan Lake eager to stand out in this competition

2019 European indoor silver medalist Webb has the fastest time of those who start with 1:44 on the 800 m54, which he clocked behind Europe’s best Giles last month in Torun

This put Webb second on the UK’s indoor 800 meter list of all time, and he’s likely to hit similar form this weekend

Guy Learmonth will join Webb at 800m after improving his indoor PB to 1:46 this season, but both Brits will face a serious challenge from Polish home favorites Adam Kszczot and Swede Andreas Kramer

Hodgkinson broke the U20 record last month in Vienna and took 1:59 03 at the top of the British U20 overall standings on 800 m. She will make her senior debut with the Europeans and is well over a second faster than the others participated in this race The Olympic finalist Joanna Jóźwik, who has already won a medal at this event, wants to make the most of the home advantage

In the men’s 60m hurdles, Pozzi is 7th in the second-fastest place in this year’s line-up51 and is the favorite to win, but has to face the competition from Wilheim Belocian, who is leading the European rankings in 2021

Tiffany Porter is represented in the female equivalent and after 7 o’clock is also in second place in the European ranking89 in the USA earlier this year. Her younger sister Cindy Sember, who ran 789 herself in 2016, where she fourth at the Olympic Games was, ran 801 this winter, but could still make it to the final with her sister if she gets under 8

Bradshaw has shown great form in the pole vault this indoor season, hitting her highest bar in nine years last month. Her 485m distance was just two inches from her personal best and her form gives her a great chance of winning European gold

{96m in Budapest in February, which doubled as an Olympic qualification standard. A repetition of that standard will likely earn her a medal

Holly Mills is entering the competition after scoring 4557 points in the Pentathlon last month, the highest score of her life This puts it in fifth place on the British all-time list

While Sophie McKinna is also worth a visit after having achieved a personal best in the hall with 18 points in the European indoor selection process54m

Friday 5 March – BBC2 9:00 am-12:00pm, BBC Sport website 12:15 pm-1:00pm, BBC Red Button 6:00 pm-6:30pm, BBC2 6:30 pm-9:00pm

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