Josh Kerr’s quest for World Championship gold begins this Saturday over the mile at the Millrose Games, where he will face a star-studded field.
The Scotsman, fresh from Tokyo bronze, faces an Olympic final re-run against 11th placer Ollie Hoare, as well as the challenge of a developing Hobbs Kessler.
With Craig Engels and Clayton Murphy also making the field Kerr may seek to challenge Yomif Kejelcha’s world indoor record of 3.47.01, set in Boston in 2019.
Another stacked field sees European U20 cross-country champion Charles Hicks square off against recent Nike signings Cooper Teare and Cole Hocker in the men’s 3000m. It’s a race which also features New Zealand’s newly-crowned 5000m indoor record holder Geordie Beamish.
European indoor champ Amy-Eloise Markovc opens her season over 3000m with fellow Brit Holly Archer. They’re set to take on a host of American talents as well as Olympic Steeplechase fourth placer, Mekides Abebe.
Women’s 800m and Men’s 400m
Neutral observers will have an eye out for Athing Mu, who could threaten Maria Mutola’s 800m world mark of 1.56.36, as well as the season opener of Donovan Brazier over 400m.
In the men’s 60m Christian Coleman’s second race after his return from a doping ban will see him meet world-indoor medalist Ronnie Baker, 200m Olympic champ Noah Lyles and 2021’s fastest man over 100m, Trayvon Bromell.
Men’s Mile (B Race)
Watch out for Adam Fogg in the B race. The Warwickshire man is due to switch nationalities back to his native GB and ran a 3.56.60 indoor mile just this weekend.
He could be dragged quicker in a strong field featuring US Olympian, Robby Andrews.
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