British Championships: Six key occasions as Mo Farah seeks to qualify for Olympics

British Championships: Six key events as Mo Farah seeks to qualify for Olympics

Zharnel Hughes, Laura Muir and Mo Farah
Zharnel Hughes, Laura Muir and Mo Farah are amongst these in motion on the British Championships
Dates: 25-27 June Venue: Manchester Regional Stadium
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It’s simple to get misplaced within the what-ifs.

However, in the event that they carry out properly sufficient at this weekend’s British Championships, Britain’s greatest athletes can lastly shred the small print and decide up their ticket to Tokyo.

Right here, former world champion and three-time Olympian Steve Cram picks out the occasions to look out for.

Males’s 10,000m (Friday, 21:35 BST)

That is basically a time trial for two-time defending Olympic champion Mo Farah.

Mo Farah
Mo Farah was 22 seconds off the automated qualifying mark in Birmingham

Farah completed second, behind Marc Scott, however greater than 22 seconds off the automated qualifying customary of 27 minutes and 28 seconds within the 10,000m British trial in Birmingham on 5 June.

It is definitely potential that he makes up that distinction to ebook his place in Tokyo on Friday.

That run in early June was his first 10,000m on the observe since 2017.

He had a problem together with his ankle and, from what I perceive, that has been enhancing. He has been out coaching at altitude in Font Romeu in France. Farah would not be coming if he did not suppose he had shot at it.

He has his Belgian coaching associate Bashir Abdi, who ran 27:24 earlier this month, to assist tempo him.

Ladies’s 800m (ultimate, Sunday, 14:50 BST)

That is going to be an excellent race.

Simply this yr, Jemma Reekie, Laura Muir, Alexandra Bell, Keely Hodgkinson and Adelle Tracey have all gone beneath the Olympic qualifying customary.

Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie
Laura Muir and Jemma Reekie, coaching companions and momentary housemates throughout final yr’s lockdown, have pushed one another on

The primary query can be whether or not Muir does each occasions.

The 1500m is her predominant occasion, however she may be very dominant in that. Might she tackle the 800m as properly, with the extra heats that entails in a extra evenly contested distance? It might be a really busy weekend.

However it’s going to be onerous for the selectors to incorporate her within the 800m with out her operating given the power of the remainder of the sector.

Reekie might be the standout, however do not low cost Ellie Baker – who has missed the qualifying time by a gnat’s whisker a number of occasions this yr – from getting within the high two.

Even the heats can be attention-grabbing. You must win to ensure your home – should you get in a gradual tactical race and miss out, you may not occasion attain the ultimate.

Males’s 800m (ultimate, Sunday 15:00 BST)

It’s virtually inconceivable to take a look at this in isolation. That is the strongest males’s 800m for a protracted, very long time. However it’s indicative of the power of center distance operating as a complete. You can say the identical for the 1500m.

It’s virtually just like the outdated days within the Nineteen Eighties when Seb Coe, Steve Ovett and myself would take into consideration doubling up. Will probably be actually attention-grabbing to see who traces up the place and what transpires.

Elliot Giles has the qualifying time for each, whereas Josh Kerr and Jake Wightman may be thought of for each.

British champion Daniel Rowden is just a little inexperienced however fast-improving. Jamie Webb and Kyle Langford are proper within the combine.

It’s a disgrace that 19-year-old Max Burgin has pulled out with damage, however 20-year-old European junior champion Oliver Dustin, third quickest on this planet this yr, is an actual expertise.

It would properly be a gradual, tactical race, which could not swimsuit these at these with the quickest occasions. It’s all very intriguing, from Friday’s 1500m heats onwards.

Ladies’s lengthy leap (ultimate, Sunday 13:00 BST)

It seems a very tasty competitors.

Sawyers
Jazmin Sawyers is defending the British lengthy leap title she gained final yr

Jazmin Sawyers is coming in off the again of an enormous 6.90m leap in California earlier this month.

She is one in every of various British athletes who’ve primarily based themselves within the USA seeking competitors this season. That’s the place the occasions have been, whereas it was tougher to know what alternatives there have been over right here with the Covid scenario.

Lorraine Ugen is one of the best of British this yr with 6.94m, however Shara Proctor and Abigail Irozuru have each jumped in extra of the 6.82m qualifying customary within the required time interval.

All of them have that huge leap in them, however it is going to be about bringing it to Manchester after which past.

There may be correct world-class depth there. When you begin leaping 6.90m repeatedly, you aren’t going to be far-off on the worldwide stage.

Males’s 100m (ultimate, Saturday, 18:25 BST)

Usually now we have 4 or 5 guys on the highest of their recreation because the trials come round. I am unsure we are able to say that this time round. All of it seems just a little extra unsure.

CJ
CJ Ujah is the quickest Briton is the quickest Briton this yr with a time of 10.03 seconds

CJ Ujah has had season and appears to be the standout of the match, wholesome and repeatedly racing.

Zharnel Hughes, Reece Prescod and Adam Gemili even have the qualifying time, however from again in 2019.

Gemili did not look nice in early season, however by no means write him off. He has a terrific behavior of getting proper when he must.

Simply take a look at 2019, the place he was inside 0.05secs of a medal in Doha.

The 100m could also be broad open on the Olympics. There can be no Christian Coleman or Noah Lyles to essentially stamp their authority on it. For the British guys who do make it, there is a chance.

Ladies’s 400m hurdles (ultimate, Saturday 15:00 BST)

The standard has actually kicked on on this occasion.

Meghan Beesley was high of the British timing charts in 2019, operating low 55-second occasions. This yr, that type of time would possibly solely be adequate for fourth.

Jessie Knight has run 54.74 seconds and Jessica Turner has clocked 54.77, whereas Lina Nielsen, on the age of 25, has all of the sudden actually acquired to grips with the occasion. She has taken practically a second and a half off her private greatest this season.

It’ll be a terrific contest between these 4. The competitors would possibly take their occasions all the way down to low 54 seconds or beneath this weekend.

Steve Cram was chatting with BBC Sport’s Mike Henson.

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