British athletes must win at least seven medals at the upcoming World Championships to meet the medal target set for them.
Team boss Neil Black names his team today for Doha where Dina Asher-Smith, Laura Muir and Katarina Johnson-Thompson will all be expected to get on the podium.
But behind that trio there are no certainties and a hugely ambitious medal target of between seven and nine, agreed with UK Sport by British Athletics, is a tall order.
The last World Championships were staged on a home track in London and Britain managed six medals, of which just two came outside the relays – both by Sir Mo Farah, who is not competing in Qatar this time.
They did manage seven in 2015 but, again, two of those were by Farah, and the other gold medalists – Greg Rutherford and Jess Ennis-Hill – have long since retired.
The good news for Britain is that triple European sprint champion Asher-Smith is in clear medal form, particularly in the 200m.
And Muir, who has been absent from competition since suffering a calf injury in July, trained in spikes for the first time yesterday at altitude in South Africa.
She has been running fast on the roads but coach Andy Young has take a cautious approach to get her to the 1500m start line in one piece.
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Publish date : 2019-09-02 22:26:00