Bryant to lead Great Britain in Belgrade Euro Indoors
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Bryant to lead Great Britain in Belgrade Euro Indoors

02 March 2017 / 11:17

Ashley Bryant is hoping to lead Great Britain to a successful European Indoor Athletics Championships this weekend after the decathlete was named captain of the 32-strong team.

The Commonwealth Games silver medallist will compete in the combined events championships, with Laura Muir the headline name gunning for titles over both 1500m and 3000m in Belgrade.

They will be joined by defending European 60m champion Richard Kilty, world leading 60m hurdles runner Andrew Pozzi and Olympic medallists Robbie Grabarz, Asha Philip and Eilidh Doyle.

“It’s an absolute honour to be chosen as captain of such a strong team heading out to Belgrade,” said 25-year-old Bryant.

“It's my first time captaining the senior championship team and is a real step up from being world junior captain back in 2010. 

“I’ve personally had a great indoor season so far and to be given this role is the icing on the cake.  It is an absolutely massive year for British Athletics with London 2017 just around the corner, but our focus this weekend is very much on Belgrade.

“I hope the team can continue to produce the fine performances we’ve already seen during the indoor season and enjoy a very successful championships.”

With Muir having already broken the European indoor 3000m record this season, as well as the British 5000m indoor mark and Dame Kelly Holmes’ national 1000m record, the double Olympic champion believes now is the time for Muir to make her mark in a major championship – before going on to further glory at this summer’s home World Championships.

"She truly can go all the way in the sport - and by that I mean start to medal at major championships," Dame Kelly said.

"She is an unassuming girl in some respects, but you can see she is a very strong runner.

"Championships are all about placings and, at only 23, Laura has already taken the world by storm.

"I believe that, in 2017 at the World Championships, she can cement her place in history."

The team will be without Katarina Johnson-Thompson, though, after the Liverpudlian pulled out of the championships to focus on her outdoor season.

The 24-year-old heptathlete had been slated to compete in the long jump, but having had to pull out of the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix last month she has chosen to miss Belgrade.

"I'm healthy/happy and in full training. I just want to concentrate on the outdoor season, as originally planned," she said.

"Shame I won't be there, as I have such fond memories of last time. But I’m playing the long game."

Action gets under way at 8.15am on Friday morning, with coverage across the BBC.

The British Athletics team for the European Athletics Indoor Championships:

MEN:

60m:

Richard Kilty (Michael Khmel)

Andrew Robertson (Sam Robertson)

Theo Etienne (Ryan Freckleton)

800m:

Guy Learmonth (Henry Gray)

Kyle Langford (George Harrison)

1500m:

Tom Lancashire (Steve Cram)

3000m:

Nick Goolab (Craig Winrow)

60mH:

Andrew Pozzi (Benke Blomkvist)

David King (James Hillier)

David Omoregie (Benke Blomkvist)

High Jump:

Robbie Grabarz (Fuzz Caan)

Chris Kandu (Fuzz Caan)

Allan Smith (Bryan Roy)

Long Jump:

Dan Bramble (Frank Attoh)

Combined Events:

Ashley Bryant (Aston Moore)

Liam Ramsay (Mike Corden)

 

WOMEN:

60m:

Asha Philip (Steve Fudge)

400m:

Eilidh Doyle (Malcolm Arnold)

Laviai Nielsen (Frank Adams)

Lina Nielsen (Frank Adams)

800m:

Shelayna Oskan-Clarke (Jon Bigg)

1500m:

Laura Muir (Andy Young)

Eilish McColgan (Liz McColgan-Nuttall)

Sarah McDonald (Bud Baldaro)

3000m:

Laura Muir (Andy Young)

Eilish McColgan (Liz McColgan-Nuttall)

Steph Twell (Mick Woods)

High Jump:

Morgan Lake (Aston Moore)

Long Jump:

Lorraine Ugen (Shawn Jackson)

Jazmin Sawyers (Kelly Sotherton)

Shot Put:

Rachel Wallader (Richard Woodhall)

4x400m:

Eilidh Doyle (Malcolm Arnold)

Laviai Nielsen (Frank Adams)

Lina Nielsen (Frank Adams)

Philippa Lowe (Debbie Keenlyside)

Mary Iheke (Frank Adams)

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