Commonwealth games 1500m bronze medallist Jake Wightman will lead a strong British contingent in the men’s 1500m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix – a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting that will be held on Saturday (19) at the Utilita Arena, Birmingham.
The European bronze medallist was 10th in Tokyo and is the Scottish indoor 1500m record-holder with a time of 3:34.48. The British record of 3:34.20 is held by Peter Elliott that he set in 1990.
Wightman opened his season with a personal best of 7:50.97 in 3000m at the BMC Grand Prix in Sheffield on January 9. He will be joined by Piers Copeland, Archie Davis, Neil Gourley, Charlie Da’Vall Grice, George Mills and James West.
“After running 3000m indoors, I’m looking forward to dropping back down to 1500m and hopefully challenging my Scottish record,” said 27-year-old Wightman.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the fifth meeting of the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Gold Tour. There are seven ‘Gold’ level meetings across the series which started with Karlsruhe on 28 January and concludes in Madrid on 2 March.
The athlete with the best three results will count towards their overall point score. The athlete with the most points in each scoring discipline at the end of the tour will be declared the winner and will be awarded a USD$10,000 bonus along with a wild card entry for the World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be held in March in Belgrade, Serbia.