8th February 2018
CHINESE SPRINT STAR SU BINGTIAN JOINED BY BRITAIN’S RISING STARS IN GLASGOW'S 60M FIELD
- Chinese sensation SU confirmed to appear in Glasgow following eye-catching victory in Dusseldorf
- Britain’s rising stars Reece Prescod & Ojie Edoburun also join 60m field
- Tickets for meeting on February 25 available at www.britishathletics.org.uk/events-and-tickets/muller-indoor-grand-prix-glasgow-2018/
The latest athlete to grab athletics headlines following a stunning victory in Dusseldorf on Tuesday, Chinese sprint star SU Bingtian is the latest star international name to be added to the men’s 60m field for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow in just over two weeks’ time.
The number one ranked indoor athletics meeting in the world, the Grand Prix returns to the Emirates Arena on Sunday 25 February having been held in Glasgow for the first time in 2016, with China’s fastest ever man SU confirmed to appear following a red-hot streak of form at the start of 2018.
A finalist over 100m at last summer’s IAAF World Championships in London, Bingtian clocked a scorching time of 6.43 over 60m for victory in Dusseldorf, Germany earlier this week, with the time seeing him become the joint-fifth fastest man ever over the distance.
Speaking on joining the world-class 60m field in Glasgow, SU said:
“The start of 2018 has gone better than I could have imagined – to run a Asian record in Dusseldorf and become the fifth fastest man ever over 60m was surreal.
“I feel really sharp at the moment and very confident in my ability, so I am excited to return to the UK to race at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Glasgow on February 25, especially after some great experiences and memories from races in the UK previously.
“I was very impressed by the crowds back in August [at London 2017], so to have the opportunity to return to the UK and hopefully claim the IAAF World Indoor Tour 60m title in Glasgow is really great.”
Joining SU in being added to the field are two of Britain’s rising sprint stars, Reece Prescod (coach: Jonas Dodoo, club: Enfield & Haringey) and Ojie Edoburun (Steve Fudge, Shaftesbury Barnet).
Both aged just 21, the pair enjoyed memorable 2017s respectively, with Prescod winning the British 100m title before navigating his way to the 100m at London’s world championships, finishing seventh, while Edoburun struck gold with victory over 100m at the European U23 Championships.
SU and British pair Prescod and Edoburun will join 4x100m world champions Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Adam Gemili (Rana Reider, Blackheath & Bromley) and CJ Ujah (Stuart McMillan, Enfield & Haringey) in lining up over 60m, each of whom were confirmed for the meeting back in December.
British Athletics Chief Executive, Niels de Vos said:
“SU Bingtian’s performance in Germany on Tuesday quite rightly generated a lot of excitement, so to have him in the field for the men’s 60m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow makes for an event that is not to be missed, particularly with the likes of our rising British stars Ojie Edoburun and Reece Prescod also in the field.
“The indoor season is really picking up pace as we move towards the world’s best grand prix returning to Glasgow on February 25, and I am sure that the combination of a packed crowd and the intimate feel of the Emirates Arena will more than contribute to seeing superb performances delivered across the board.”
Supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow is the final of the prestigious IAAF World Indoor Tour, with wildcards for the IAAF World Indoor Championships available to athletes who have not already qualified to compete for their nation.
Tickets for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow are available at www.britishathletics.org.uk/events-and-tickets/muller-indoor-grand-prix-glasgow-2018/