Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: The NCAA Rivals
Each day in the run up to the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, we will select two athletes from the heptathlon field for a head to head. Day three focuses on two of the athletes who have competed on the NCAA circuit.
Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Tim Duckworth will be the home favourite in the heptathlon, and he can expect the Scottish crowd to roar him through every run, jump and throw. Tim – who is also the reigning outdoor British long jump champion - qualified automatically for the European Indoors on the back of his personal best performance in Eugene in 2018. Tim has been preparing for the champs at a number of low-key meets in his new training home in Seattle, a city that rivals Glasgow for its rainfall, and which should help him feel at home in the west of Scotland.
See more about Tim here.
When qualifying for the Glasgow European Indoors closed on Tuesday 19 February, Karl-Robert Saluri was ninth on the European rankings, and agonisingly just outside the eight who had qualified by points. But then everything changed, and the next day, he was in. One of the fastest men in decathlon, he set personal bests in the 60m hurdles, long jump and shot in Tallinn this year, and a new mark of 6.77s over 60m – exactly the same personal record as his fellow NCAA competitor, Tim Duckworth.
See more about Karl-Robert here.
Tim Duckworth: James Rhodes
Karl-Robert Saluri: Olavi Kaljunen, Trackpic