Loughborough Echo

Town athletes get Euro Indoor call

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SPRINTER Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw lead a host of Loughborou­gh athletes selected in a 41-strong squad to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Athletics Indoor Championsh­ips.

The championsh­ips will take place in Torun, Poland between March 4-7

Bradshaw will be hoping to repeat her golden success of 2013 after claiming silver at the 2019 edition of the Championsh­ips in Glasgow.

After clearing her highest bar in nine years in Rouen earlier this month, Bradshaw will be among the favourites for the women’s pole vault. Her 4.85m clearance was just two centimetre­s shy of her personal best.

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey will be in the 60m sprint, also included are 2018 World Indoor 60m hurdles champion and Loughborou­gh Uni alumni Andrew Pozzi and 800m runner Guy Learmonth and Jamie Wenn, while Beth Dobbin is part of the 4x400m Relay team.

Olympic Head Coach at British Athletics, Christian Malcolm, said: “I’m pleased to be selecting such a strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Indoor Championsh­ips next month. It has been a challengin­g time for all athletes and coaches recently, but we have seen some incredible performanc­es.

“Of course, we are looking to maximise the number of opportunit­ies to win medals, but it is also about providing opportunit­ies for developing athletes as well as establishe­d athletes to achieve a GB&NI vest.”

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