ATHLETICS: European Indoor Championships 2013 – Live on BBC TV & British Eurosport

The 2013 European Indoor Championships take place in Gothenburg this weekend and you can watch full coverage of the biggest athletics meeting so far this year on BBC Sport and British Eurosport.

Reigning women’s 800m champion Jenny Meadows will captain a 29-strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland team, where she will be joined by the likes of Holly Bleasdale, Robbie Grabarz and Dwain Chambers in Sweden as a collection of Europe’s finest athletes assemble for the biennial championships at the Scandinavium complex.

Live coverage of every session can be seen across BBC TV throughout the weekend of March 1-3.

Meadows will defend her 800m indoor title in Gothenburg having made her competitive comeback at the Birmingham Grand Prix earlier in February, after missing the 2012 season through injury.

Joining Meadows on the plane to Sweden is World Indoor bronze medallist Holly Bleasdale, who has enjoyed an impressive start to the 2013 season.

She cleared 4.75m in Moscow earlier this month, on her way to victory, where she claimed the scalps of Olympic silver medallist Yarisley Silva and 2011 world champion Fabiana Murer.

Olympic bronze medallist and European high jump Champion Robbie Grabarz will be looking to match his 2012 outdoor European title by adding to his growing medal collection at the European Indoor Championships.

Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child, the second and third fastest in the Europe over 400m will lead British hopes in the two-lap event alongside Olympic semi-finalist Shana Cox.

Shakes-Drayton, Child and Cox will also have a relay medal in their sights as the trio joined by Christine Ohuruogu, Margaret Adeoye and Meghan Beesley bid to add gold to the silver won by the 4x400m team two years ago.

Dwain Chambers, a 60m gold medallist at the 2009 European Indoors will also be looking to put himself in medal contention once again after winning silver last time around.

James Dasaolu will join Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in the 60m after recording a personal best of 6.58 on his way to his first UK title in Sheffield at the recent European Trials.     

Asha Philip, who also ran a lifetime best of 7.15 at the EIS-Sheffield – the second fastest in Europe – will be looking to continue her impressive rise up the rankings, while British long jump record holder Shara Proctor will be looking to add to the bronze medal she won at last year’s World Indoor Championships.

Michael Rimmer and Mukhtar Mohammed ranked number one and two in Europe over 800m will be joined by Joe Thomas, while Lauren Howarth will make her senior debut in a GB & NI vest in the 3000m.

The European Indoors provide the perfect platform for British and European athletes to end their indoor season in style, before they turn their attention onto a packed summer of international athletics which builds towards the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, starting in early August.

BBC Sport has full coverage of the 32nd European Indoor Athletics Championships from the Scandinavium complex in Gothenburg.

Jonathan Edwards presents the BBC’s extensive live coverage throughout the weekend across BBC One and BBC Two.

Commentary comes from Steve Cram, Andrew Cotter and Paul Dickenson with expert analysis provided by Denise Lewis, Colin Jackson and Paula Radcliffe, while Phil Jones reports from trackside.

BBC TV’s coverage will also be shown in high-definition on BBC One HD or BBC HD.

Live streaming, highlights, interviews and reports will be available via the BBC Sport website.

British Eurosport will have live coverage of selected sessions throughout the weekend with commentary from Martin Gillingham and David Goldstrom.

Event Timetable            GB & NI Squad
 
Friday 1st March
Day 1 – Morning Session
LIVE: 9.00am-12.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD
LIVE: 9.00am-12.15pm – British Eurosport

The opening session includes the first three events of the women’s pentathlon, while British. Olympians Nigel Levine and Eilidh Child begin their respective 400m campaigns. There are also 60m hurdles heats for men and women, plus the qualifying round for the women’s long jump and men’s triple jump.

 
Day 1 – Afternoon Session
LIVE: 3.40pm-7.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD
LIVE: 4.00pm-7.00pm – British Eurosport

The multi-event pentathlon gold medal will be decided with some of the continent’s best all round women athletes battling it out for the gold. Also, the speed kings begin their quest for medals as the men’s 60m gets under way. Other major events on day one in the evening session are the men and women’s 60m hurdle finals.

 
Saturday 2nd March
Day 2 – Morning Session
LIVE: 10.30am-1.00pm – BBC Red Button

Asha Philip heads the British charge in the heats of the women’s 60m. Chris Tomlinson takes centre stage for Team GB in the men’s long jump, in the absence of Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, while rising star Laura Howarth begins her quest for 3,000m glory.

 
Day 2 – Afternoon Session
LIVE: 2.30pm-4.25pm – BBC One / 4.25pm-6.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD
DELAYED: 5.15pm-6.45pm – British Eurosport

The women’s long jump starts proceedings on day two, with Shara Proctor set to go for Britain. Darya Klishina of Russia will be the one to beat, as the defending champion has already enjoyed an impressive indoor campaign this season.

Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale will be a strong contender for gold as well, with the Lancashire athlete proving to be a real force in the event, and this was demonstrated in last year’s World Indoor Championships when she won a bronze medal.

Other highlights include the women’s 400m semi-finals and the men’s 60m semis, where Dwain Chambers will be looking to qualify for the evening final.

Sprinter Chambers will be looking to improve on the silver medal he won two years ago and repeat his triumph of four years ago when won gold in Turin.

Coverage switches to BBC Two for the conclusion of day two at 4.25pm, including the finals of the men’s 60m, 3,000m and women’s 1,500m.

 
Sunday 3rd March
Day 3 – Morning Session
LIVE: 10.00am-11.40am – BBC Two / BBC HD
DELAYED: 2.45pm-3.30pm – British Eurosport

Britain once again will have a strong team and will be competing for many medals.

In this morning session, six titles will be won, including the men’s and women’s 400m, the men’s and women’s 800m and the women’s 3,000m.

 
Day 3 – Afternoon Session
LIVE: 3.15pm-6.00pm – BBC Two / BBC HD
LIVE: 3.30pm-6.00pm – British Eurosport

Seven gold medals will be awarded in the final session with the highlights being the women’s 60m, the men’s 1,500m and the men’s long jump.

The final events are the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays – and these always provide excitement and drama to conclude the championships.

  
  
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