Elliot Giles, Andrew Pozzi, Keely Hodgkinson , Holly Bradshaw and Efe Okoro are on the squad of 41 named for the event in Toruń
When Christian Malcolm won European indoor gold in Belgium 21 years ago, it set him up well for the Olympics a few months later, as he finished fifth in the 200m in Sydney.
Now, as head coach of the British team, he hopes the athletes he has selected for next month’s European Indoor Championships can go on to enjoy similar or greater success at the Tokyo Games.
“It’s been a very challenging time for athletes to prepare and train but I think we have a very exciting team,” he said on Tuesday, shortly after the squad for the event in Toruń, Poland, on March 4-7 was announced.
“It’s an opportunity for these athletes to step up to another level,” he said. But he added: “The endgame for everyone is the Olympic Games and that’s where we want to see everyone perform.”
Contenders for the podium in Poland include former European indoor pole vault champion Holly Bradshaw, reigning world indoor 60m hurdles champion Andy Pozzi and US-based sprint hurdles sisters Tiffany Porter and Cindy Sember.
The squad is also bolstered by some of the endurance runners who have shone in recent weeks on the international circuit.
They include Marc Scott, who is travelling over from his base in Oregon to compete in the 3000m in Poland fresh from his stunning 27:10.41 for 10,000m and 7:36.08 for 3000m outdoors in recent days.
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Elliot Giles and Jamie Webb, the 800m duo (pictured above) who smashed Seb Coe’s 38-year-old UK indoor record this month, are set to race despite missing last weekend’s trials.