Pozzi, Giles and Ugen face the World Indoor Tour final in Madrid


The Spanish city stages the highlight of this winter’s series on Wednesday with prize money and World Indoors wild card entries up for grabs

After winning medals at the UK Indoor Athletics Championships last weekend, a number of athletes left Birmingham for Madrid to compete in the final event of the World Indoor Tour Gold Series on Wednesday 2 March.

Among them is Andy Pozzi, who took the win on Sunday and is easing up to defend his indoor world title in Belgrade next month. In Madrid he will face in-form Spaniard Asier Martinez, as well as fellow Briton David King, who is in PB form at the moment but was disqualified for a false start in Birmingham.

British long jump champion Lorraine Ugen will face Sweden’s Khaddi Sagnia and Spanish heptathlon talent Maria Vicente, along with American Quanesha Burks and Italy’s Larissa Iapichino.

Two athletes who won British titles last weekend – Jenny Selman (800m) and Adelle Tracey (1500m) – are racing in Madrid in the women’s 800m and face, among others, Australia’s Catriona Bisset.

Adelle TraceyMark Shearman

Emily Borthwick, who won silver at the UK Indoor Champs, takes on Eleanor Patterson, the Australian who won the high jump at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

The World Indoor Tour Gold series kicked off in Karlsruhe on January 28 before moving to events in New York, Lievin, Birmingham and Toruń. Now it ends in Madrid and there will be a strong enough Spanish presence.

Spain-based Venezuelan Olympic champion Yulimar Rojas will tackle her first triple jump since lifting the Diamond League trophy in Zurich last September.

She may have her eye on her own indoor world record of 15.43m, as she has been in good shape so far this winter with a long jump of 6.81m in Liévin.

Yulimar Rojas (Mark Shearman)

There is an interesting Spanish head-to-head in the men’s 3000m with Adel Mechaal, who last month set a Spanish record of 7:30.82 against Mohamed Katir. However, they won’t have it all their way as the event features Ethiopians Lamecha Girma, Getnet Wale and Selemon Barega – the latter being the Olympic 10,000m champion.

Tom Mortimer, who finished fourth in the UK Indoor Championships, will be looking to break his best indoor record of 7:40.97.

Another Spanish athlete who will be featured is Mariano Garcia in the men’s 800m. But there is also British interest here with national champion Elliot Giles in action. In addition, the Kenyan Collins Kipruto and the Swede Andreas Kramer are in the race.

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Elsewhere, the men’s 60m includes Americans Elijah Hall and Mike Rodgers, along with Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut and Briton Jeremiah Azu.

The athlete with the most points in each discipline at the end of the tour will be declared the winner and will receive a $10,000 bonus as well as wild card entry to the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

For UK fans, the meeting will be streamed live on the World Athletics YouTube channel below.

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