Four in the forefront for Stockholm

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Jason Gardener, age 20 (60m) In the absence of Linford Christie, Gardener rises to the top of Britain's promising depth of sprinting talent. At present fastest in Europe with a time of 6.55sec. His indoor performances this winter have all been impressive but his team-mate Jason John keeps challenging. Gardener has made rapid progress from being a promising junior.

Dalton Grant, 29 (high jump) The defending European indoor champion beat the Commonwealth Games silver medallist Steve Smith in Glasgow last weekend with a height of 2.26m. He has a personal best of 2.37 and had also beaten Smith in Britain's match against Russia in January when he cleared 2.34.

Denise Lewis, 23 (long jump) The Commonwealth heptathlon champion from West Bromwich is capable of producing a medal-winning display, although it will require an improvement on her personal best of 6.48m set in Glasgow. She says that a leap of 6.60 is more than a faint hope.

Ashia Hansen, 24 (triple jump) Now ranked eighth among the world's best outdoors behind the world champion Inessa Kravets, of the Ukraine, whom she beat in Birmingham earlier this year with 14.58m. American-born, she holds the Commonwealth outdoor and indoor records and was a European Cup winner last year. Given her present form, a place on the podium is almost certain and gold a possibility.

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