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By Larry Eder. 1. BBC actually showed seven hours of coverage on Saturday, Feb. 16 and five hours on Sunday. The meet was held in Birmingham Natonal Indoor Stadium, now the Ulitta stadium. Even BBC has learned that, after jerking athletics fans around last yearand not paying UK Athletics some pennies, the BBC, bless their soul, has remembered, that lots of Brits love track & field, and that, in an Olympic year, lots of Brit athletes will be shaking it up a bit in Paris. And Brits love to show up the French.

2.  The crowd in Birmingham was 7,440. That was biggest crowd EVER in UK for indoor champs. Seven hours on Saturday, Five hours on Sunday, a great weekend for the sport!

3. Molly Caudery impressed and caught fan’s attention with her PB of 4.85m in pole vault, a new world leader. Katerina Johnson-Thompson showed up, got a PB in the shot put and is focused on Paris.

4. Jemma Reekie, with new coach, feeling healthy, showed her fitness with 800m victory. Laura Muir, after a 9.04 two mile win in Millrose and a 8:34 3000m last December, ran 61 second last 400m to win the 3000m. Both will go to Glasgow.
Sister Act Laviai and Lina Nielson go 1-2 in 400m, they go to Glasgow.

5. Two days of wonderful competitions, including brilliant men’s 1,500m and men’s 800 meters, and fun 60 meter sprints. Jeremiah Azu and Amy Hunt, both with same coach, take British titles. Great crowd and all compeititions televised.

6. Truth is this, UK Athletics, in tough financial spot, figured out currency for BBC Sports, had great turnout of athletes and have a strong team going to Glasgow. It should be a very good Indoor Champs for Team GB! 

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