The one’s to watch at the British Championships

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The best of British will arrive in Birmingham this coming weekend as they compete for the British Athletics Championship.

The event doubles as the British Athletics team official trials for the European Champs in Berlin later this summer.

Athletes compete over two-days in 20 events across the men’s and women’s competitions with strict standards for qualification.

We take you through who’s setting the pace ahead of the competition and who could nick it at the line…

In the sprints it’s Zharnel Hughes who will be a front-runner to make the team. The 22-year-old was born in the British overseas territory of Anguilla but has competed for GB since 2015.

He finished fifth in the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing and his time of 20.2 for the event puts in the top-ten UK all-time list.

Andrew Pozzi sits third on the UK all-time list for the 110m hurdles. He proved his dominance by winning both the European and world 60m hurdles in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

He will look to improve on his sixth-place finish in the Commonwealth games.

We track Hammer thrower Nick Miller next. He is one of the most glittered athletes in the field having become the first GB competitor to surpass 80 metres in the event.

It’ll be a shock if he doesn’t follow the Gold he won for that feat in the Commonwealth Games with a spot in the team here.

To many athletics fans it feels like Dina Asher-Smith has been around for ever. But she’s still only 22-years-old so her best years are only ahead.

She broke the 100m and 200m records three years ago and went on to win the European 200m title.

Asher-Smith has already competed and won medals at an Olympic games and will be a shoe-in to run well here.

Morgan Lake has been highly successful at junior level winning both the heptathlon and high jump world titles.

She has since switched her focus to solely the high jump and she secured a Commonwealth silver in Australia earlier this year.

Lake will have to bring the A-game to reach her first European Championships.

One of the most distinguished names this weekend will be Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Still only 25-years-old, she did her ground-work in the shadow of Jessica Ennis-Hill but has now come into her own.

She finally won her first senior global title by claiming pentathlon gold at the world indoor finals in Birmingham.

The Liverpudlian backed this up by winning Commonwealth heptathlon gold six weeks later, and should be a major contender here.

 

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