Eilish McColgan, Holly Bradshaw, Jake Wightman and Niamh Emerson are among the athletes set to compete at the behind-closed-doors event in Manchester
Eight finalists from last year’s World Championships in Doha and six reigning British outdoor champions are among the athletes announced for the Müller British Athletics Championships on September 4-5.
The championships had originally been scheduled for June 20-21 before new dates of August 8-9 were announced. The event was then further postponed and will now take place behind closed doors at the Manchester Regional Arena.
Athletes set to compete include world 5000m finalists Eilish McColgan and Laura Weightman, European indoor silver medallist and seven-time British outdoor pole vault champion Holly Bradshaw, world 1500m fifth-placer Jake Wightman and European indoor pentathlon silver medallist Niamh Emerson.
World finalist and reigning British champion Abigail Irozuru will take on 2016 European silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers in the women’s long jump, while triple jumper Naomi Ogbeta, sprinters Jodie Williams and Laviai Nielsen, hurdler Chris McAlister and race walker Tom Bosworth are on the entry lists.
In a recent interview with AW, Wightman explained how he would be targeting the 800m at the national championships as he looks to mix racing both the two-lap event and the 1500m on the major stage in coming years.
“British Champs is going to be a pretty good focus,” he said. “It’s still a championship and it’s still a chance to win a British title, so I am definitely going to put that as one of my main goals of the season.
“I think I’m going to do the 800m and try and win a British title there.”
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Cherry Alexander, major events director at British Athletics, said: “At last, I am delighted to commence the announcements of athletes who will be competing at the Müller British Athletics Championships in September at the Manchester Regional Arena. There has been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to make the organisation and delivery of this event possible. We are delighted to be welcoming our world class athletes back to competition in Manchester.
“These are unprecedented times so the championships will have a different feel to them this year, but we will do everything possible to make this a special event for the athletes and coaches, and the fans watching on the BBC.”
The action is set to be shown on BBC Two from 18:30 on Friday September 4 and on BBC One from 13:15 on Saturday September 5.
“The format and shape of the competition and guidelines that will be adhered to for competitors and those helping to stage the championship will be subject to the government guidelines in place and will be communicated in due course,” added the national governing body.