14th February 2022
ATHLETES WITH 136 OLYMPIC OR WORLD MEDALS IN ACTION AS START LISTS GO LIVE
- Ten reigning Olympic or world champions confirmed for Saturday’s big event
- Five-time Olympic gold medallist Elaine Thompson-Herah races 60m
- Olympic winners Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Mariya Lasitskene and Mondo Duplantis compete too
- Paralympic champions Sophie Hahn, Kadeena Cox and Thomas Young are in action
- The event is part of the World Indoor Tour Gold series
Start lists are live for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham with 10 reigning Olympic or world champions competing in the Utilita Arena on Saturday 19 February.
Athletes in the line-ups have a combined number of 136 world and Olympic medals between them. In addition, they own a whopping 180 Commonwealth or European medals.
The star-studded line-ups are led by Elaine Thompson-Herah, the Jamaican who won gold in Tokyo last year at 100m, 200m and 4x100m and who won 100m and 200m golds at the Rio Games in 2016.
Shaunae Miller-Uibo is a relatively recent addition to the fields and the Bahamian sprinter won the Olympic 400m title at the 2016 and 2020 Games and she races in her specialist distance in Saturday.
Mondo Duplantis, the world record-holder and reigning Olympic pole vault champion, takes on a field in Birmingham that includes 2016 Olympic winner Thiago Braz of Brazil.
Another global gold medallist in action is Mariya Lasitskene, the reigning world and Olympic high jump champion from Russia. American Noah Lyles, who won world titles at 200m and 4x100m in Doha in 2019, goes in the men’s 60m.
The 60m hurdles sees world outdoor champion Grant Holloway of the United States facing world indoor gold medallist Andy Pozzi of Britain.
Pozzi won his world indoor crown on this same Birmingham track in 2018 and fellow winners from those championships – 400m sprinter Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic and 800m runner Adam Kszczot – also return to the scene of their triumph.
Keely Hodgkinson and Laura Muir, who both won Olympic silver for Britain last year, are due to race as well. Muir, who made the 1500m podium in Tokyo, runs the 1000m, while Hodgkinson tackles her specialist 800m event on Saturday.
Paralympic gold medallists Sophie Hahn, Kadeena Cox and Thomas Young will take to the blocks in two mixed-class para 60m races.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham will be broadcast live by BBC Sport as part of a new partnership with UK Athletics.