1st January 2020

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020: JULY TO SEPTEMBER

Olympic Games, Tokyo, Japan (Athletics – 31 July-9 August)

The Olympic Games kicks off a great few weeks of elite sport in Japan, with the British athletics team heading in after 17 top eight performances in Doha at this year’s World Athletics Championships.

Reigning world champions Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will head into Tokyo as two of the leading names but will have to wait until mid-June for selection. One athlete has already earned pre-selection for the marathon; Callum Hawkins.

The athletics action gets underway on Friday 31st August. Find out more, here.

DOHA, QATAR – OCTOBER 03: Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain celebrates after the 800 Metres and winning gold in the Women’s Heptathlon during day seven of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

 

Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan (Para Athletics – 28 August-6 September)

The British team will head into Tokyo as one of the strongest nations after finishing third in 2016 on 33 medals in total. Two successful world championships – one at home in London, and one in Dubai – have followed in between cycles, with multiple world champions been crowned.

Para Athletics gets underway on Friday 28 August at the stadium and it runs through to Sunday 6th September with the marathons.

More here.

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 10: Aled Davies of Great Britain celebrates winning the Men’s F63 Shot Put on Day Four of the IPC World Para Athletics Championships 2019 Dubai on November 10, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

 

Muller Anniversary Games, London (4- 5 July)

The world’s best athletics event, the Müller Anniversary Games, returns to the London Stadium on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July. Sure to be one of the final events where athletes compete before flying out to the Tokyo Olympic Games, the eighth edition of the event looks set to be the most competitive and exciting yet.

Tickets are on-sale here.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain reacts after the Women’s 100m Final during Day Two of the Muller Anniversary Games IAAF Diamond League event at the London Stadium on July 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

 

Muller Gateshead Grand Prix (16 August)

It’s back to the North-East with a bang as the Müller Grand Prix Gateshead heads to the historic Gateshead International Stadium. Taking place on Sunday 16th August, the action-packed event will see freshly-crowned Olympic medallists go head-to-head across a quick-fire session of world-class athletics.

Tickets are on-sale here.

European Championships, Paris, France (26-30 August)

The championships return in 2020, only a few weeks after the Olympic Games have drawn to a close. Starting on Wednesday 26th August, the British team will face the best athletes across the continent.

At the last edition of the championships, GB & NI topped the medal table on 18 medals in total. Among the gold medal winners were Zharnel Hughes, Matt Hudson-Smith, Dina Asher-Smith and Laura Muir.

More information can be found, here.

 

World U20 Championships, Nairobi, Kenya (7-12 July)

The pinnacle of the season for many age-group athletes around the world, the U20 championships head to Africa for the first time. With the British team winning seven medals in Tampere, Finland in 2018 and a whole crop of strong juniors progressing through the pathway, it could be another entertaining and fruitful championships for the British team.

More here.

TAMPERE, FINLAND – JULY 13: Niamh Emerson of Great Britain celebrates winning gold in the women’s heptathlon on day five of The IAAF World U20 Championships on July 13, 2018 in Tampere, Finland. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for IAAF)

 

European U18 Championships, Rieti, Italy (16-19 July)

The Championships in Italy will be the third edition of this event for the U18 age-group, and GB & NI will be looking to continue their strong recent record against the best in Europe having topped the medal table in both Tbilisi and Gyor.

More information, here.

World Mountain Running Championships and World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships, Lanzarote, Spain (14-15 September)

GB & NI are among the strongest nations in mountain running and captured four more medals at this year’s world championships in Argentina, including individual gold and bronze for Joe Dugdale and Philippa Williams respectively.

The Long-Distance championships has also been well represented by the British team over the last few years with Charlotte Morgan and Annie Conway sealing the women’s title over the last few years.

The Championships return in 2020 in Lanzarote. More here.

 

European Mountain Running Championships, Cinfaes, Portugal (4 July)

The Europeans returns to the up and down terrain in 2020 in the hills of Portugal. Last year Jacob Adkin and Joe Dugdale took individual titles in the senior and junior men’s races, guiding their teams to gold medals also.

Watch out for the European Mountain Running Championships in early July.

 

World 100km Championships, Winschoten, Netherlands (12 September)

Returning in 2020, this challenge of endurance sees the world’s best long-distance runners gather for a shot at the medals. At the last edition in 2018, Anthony Clark was the top finisher and won the men’s over 40 gold medal.

More information, here.

 

Manchester International (12 August)

The match event will take place once again at the Manchester Regional Arena. A British junior team including both para athletes and non-disability athletes, will take on the home nations in the contest.

More information can be found, here.

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