niamh emerson to head british team at cardiff indoor

19:00    09 Jan 2019

Niamh Emerson of England
Niamh Emerson, the World Junior heptathlon gold medallist, and Commonwealth Games decathlon participant John Lane head the British team for the Indoor Combined Events International Match in Cardiff on 26-27 January.
Britain will field a 14-person team to face off against France, the Czech Republic, Spain and Poland in the Welsh capital, which hosts the match for the first time since 2012.
Emerson, who also claimed Commonwealth bronze in 2018, kicked off her 2019 season with two personal bests in the 60m hurdles and the shot put, and looks on course for a good score in Cardiff.
Lane, meanwhile, claimed his first national indoor heptathlon title in Sheffield, as he finished over 200 points clear of silver medallist Andrew Murphy (who has also earned selection for the British team).
The other two senior men in the team are Howard Bell and Ben Gregory, while the senior women’s quartet sees Emerson joined by Ellen Barber, Alice Hopkins and Lucy Turner.
2016 European Youth & 2017 Commonwealth Youth long jump champion Holly Mills and European Youth decathlon sixth-place finisher Jack Turner headline the junior teams.
Amaya Scott and Jenna Blundell round off the junior women’s contingent, while the junior men’s team also features Scott Brindley and Joel McFarlane.

The 14-person British team (coaches in parenthesis):

Senior Men:
Howard Bell (Iain McEwan; Edinburgh AC)
Ben Gregory (Aston Moore; Birchfield Harriers)
John Lane (Toni Minichiello; Sheffield & Dearne)
Andrew Murphy (Colin Sinclair; Kilbarchan)

Senior Women:
Ellen Barber (David Feeney; Yeovil)
Niamh Emerson (David Feeney; Amber Valley & Erewash)
Alice Hopkins (Marcia Marriott; Oxford City)
Lucy Turner (Gateshead Harriers)

Junior Men:
Scott Brindley (Mark Stringer; North Ayrshire)
Joel McFarlane (Central)
Jack Turner (Kevin Skinner; Exeter)

Junior Women:
Jenna Blundell (Julie Alexander; Team Bath)
Holly Mills (Laura Turner-Alleyne; Andover)
Amaya Scott (Matthew Watson; Southampton)

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