Four to follow in the World Indoor Championships

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Darren Braithwaite

60 metres

Two recent defeats, one by Braithwaite, suggest that Linford Christie may have slightly lost his knack of starting. Christie's head is on the block and Braithwaite, 26, is sharper than ever, having run four personal best times this season. Better known as a relay runner, and even better as the man who dropped the baton at the 1994 European Championships, he has been held back by injuries. A lot of work has been done on his starts by his coach Mike McFarlane, who has had success with John Regis and Tony Jarrett. This could be a breakthrough for Braithwaite.

Dalton Grant

High jump

An erratic performer, this 28-year-old who won the European indoor championships last year and the European Cup in 1989 and 1991 first appeared for Britain in 1984. He won the Commonwealth Games silver medal in 1990 and was a commendable fourth in the 1991 world championships. Last summer he was overshadowed by Steve Smith, who won the Commonwealth gold while Grant trailed in fifth having been hampered by injuries. Although this weekend he will be in elevated company, he is capable of moments of medal- winning inspiration.

Ashia Hansen

Triple jump

Consistently good performances in this winter's indoor events have established this 23-year-old former long jumper as one of the top 10 in the world. Four times this winter she has improved the Commonwealth indoor record. Born in the United States, she spent six years living in Ghana. Suffered badly from nerves in last summer's European Championships but says she feels altogether more confident now and is expecting further improvements. Predicts 14.86 metres will be good enough for a medal. Her best is 14.29m, set last weekend.

Melanie Neef

400 metres

Scotland's brightest women's prospect, this 24-year-old reached the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games finals last summer and came second in the European Cup. Her improvement was recognised by inclusion in the British 4 x 400m relay squad that won in the World Cup. Used to be a sprinter, and still competes in the 60m indoors. Indeed, she set eight Scottish indoor records over 60m and 200m this winter. Says she finds the 400m "murder" but believes it may have helped her improve over shorter distances as well.

Barcelona competition schedule

60m Hurdles

Triple Jump

200m

200m

High Jump

3,000m

Shot Put

60m

Long Jump

60m

800m

Shot Put

Opening ceremony

Long Jump

400m

Pole Vault

High Jump

400m

60m

60m

800m

Triple Jump

Shot Put

1500m

60m

60m

800m

200m

200m

3,000m

8.30am

8.35am

8.45am

9.30am

9.35am

10.05am

10.30am

10.40am

11.15am

11.20am

11.50am

2.00pm

3.15pm

4.15pm

4.20pm

4.45pm

4.50pm

4.55pm

5.25pm

5.40pm

5.50pm

6.00pm

6.15pm

6.30pm

6.50pm

7.00pm

7.05pm

7.30pm

7.45pm

7.55pm

Pentathlon

Qualifying

1st Round

1st Round

Pentathlon

1st Round

Qualifying

1st Round

Qualifying

1st Round

1st Round

Pentathlon

-

Pentathlon

Qualifying

Qualifying

Qualifying

1st Round

Semi-finals

Semi-finals

1st Round

Qualifying

FINAL

1st Round

FINAL

FINAL

Pentathlon

Semi-finals

Semi-finals

1st Round

W

W

W

M

W

M

M

W

M

M

W

W

-

W

W

M

W

M

W

M

M

M

M

M

W

M

W

W

M

M

8.30am

9.00am

9.15am

9.40am

10.00am

10.20am

10.30am

10.40am

11.00am

11.05am

11.15am

11.30am

2.00pm

3.15pm

3.30pm

5.15pm

5.30pm

5.35pm

5.40pm

5.45pm

6.05pm

6.15pm

6.30pm

6.45pm

6.55pm

7.05pm

7.15pm

60m

60m Hurdles

Long Jump

60m Hurdles

Shot Put

800m

High Jump

1500m

4 x 400m

Long Jump

4 x 400m

Shot Put

High Jump

Triple Jump

Pole Vault

High Jump

60 m Hurdles

Long Jump

Shot Put

60 m Hurdles

400m

400m

800m

1500m

200m

200m

3,000m

M

W

M

M

W

W

M

W

M

W

M

M

M

W

M

W

W

M

W

M

W

M

M

M

W

M

W

Heptathlon

1st Round

Heptathlon

1st Round

Qualifying

Semi-finals

Qualifying

1st Round

1st Round

Qualifying

1st Round

Heptathlon

Heptathlon

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

Semi-finals

FINAL

FINAL

Semi-finals

Semi-finals

Semi-finals

Semi-finals

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

1.30 pm

2.30 pm

3.15 pm

5.00 pm

5.20 pm

5.35 pm

5.50 pm

6.00 pm

6.05 pm

6.20 pm

6.35 pm

6.50 pm

7.05 pm

7.25 pm

7.45 pm

8.00 pm

8.00 pm

60m Hurdles

Pole Vault

Triple Jump

High Jump

400m

400m

800m

Long Jump

800m

1500m

3,000m

60m Hurdles

60m Hurdles

1,000m

4 x 400m

4 x 400m

Closing ceremony

M

W

W

W

W

M

W

W

M

W

M

W

M

M

W

M

Heptathlon

Heptathlon

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

FINAL

Heptathlon

FINAL

FINAL

TELEVISION

Friday: Sport on Friday BBC2 2.15-3.50pm; Eurosport 8.30am-1.0pm, 5.0- 6.30pm,

10.0pm-12.0m't. Saturday: Grandstand BBC1 12.15-5.15pm; BBC2 6.15-7.20pm;

Eurosport 12.30-1.30pm, 5.0-7.15pm. Sunday: BBC2 6.10-7.15pm; Eurosport 5.0-9.0pm.

BRITAIN'S TEAM

Men

60m: L Christie (Thames Valley), D Braithwaite (Haringey); 200m: J Regis (Belgrave) or A Condon (Sale), S Wariso (Haringey); 400m: M Hylton (Windsor), B Whittle (Haringey); 1,500m: A Whiteman (GEC), B Treacy (Annadale); 3,000m:

J Mayock (Cannock); 60m hurdles: T Jarrett (Haringey),

B Taylor (Old Gaytonians); high jump: D Grant (Haringey),

B Reilly (Belgrave); long jump: F Salle (Belgrave); triple jump: F Agyepong (Shaftesbury); heptathlon: A Kruger (Border); 4x400m relay: Wariso, Condon, Hylton, Whittle,

G Bullock (Wigan), P Slythe (GEC).

Women

60m: S Douglas (Sale), A McGillivary (Edinburgh WM); 200m: S Williams (Team Solent); 400m: M Neef (City of Glasgow), S Earnshaw (Rotherham); 800m: A Hunte (unatt); 1,500m: L Gibson (Oxford); 60m hurdles: J Agyepong (Shaftesbury), S Farquharson (Croydon); triple jump: A Hansen (Essex); shot: J Oakes (Croydon); 4x400m relay: Neef, Earnshaw, M Thomas (Birchfield), S McCann (Lisburn), A Curbishley (Edinburgh WM), S Llewellyn (Shaftesbury).

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