A bumper Irish team of 24 athletes have been selected for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Torun on March 5-7.

Several of the top Irish performers from the 2019 edition of this championships return in 2021, including medallists Mark English and Ciara Mageean, along with semi-finalist Phil Healy, while there are several performers who can additionally target a final or better, most notably 800m record-breakers Siofra Cleirigh Buttner and Nadia Power, along with Andrew Coscoran, Sean Tobin and John Travers.

Cian McPhillips and Israel Olatunde are stars of the future and will earn valuable senior championship experience, and they are joined by senior championship debutants John Fitzsimons, Luke McCann, Georgie Hartigan and Darragh McElhinney.

“It has been a remarkable indoor season so far in 2021, for many reasons, and this is reflected in both the size and quality of the team travelling to Poland,” said Athletics Ireland High-Performance Director Paul McNamara.

“Despite higher qualification standards and fewer opportunities to compete, Irish athletes nailed their opportunity when it presented itself, most notably this past weekend at the Irish Life Health Elite Micro-Meet, and we now have an unprecedented 24 athletes who have earned selection for the 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships, with many more who have posted qualification standards missing out due to the 3-athlete-per-event limit.”

There will be a chance to see five of the athletes in action tomorrow night with TG4 stepping in to show live coverage of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Final from Madrid.

Andrew Coscoran, Leon Reid, Nadia Power, Sarah Lavin and Louise Shanahanwill all be in action with coverage from Madrid starting on TG4 at 3.55 pm and will include all the races up to the last race at 6.10 pm.

Commentary on TG4’s live coverage will be provided by Cuán Ó Flatharta and Rory Chesser.

“TG4 are delighted to extend our longstanding commitment to athletics coverage in Ireland,” said Rónán Ó Coisdealbha Head of Sport TG4.

“As the host broadcaster of the AIT International Grand Prix, coverage of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Final from Madrid is a natural fit for us. Given the fantastic results from Abbotstown at the weekend and the significant Irish interest in Madrid, we hope the coverage provides a much-needed boost for the nation at this challenging time.”

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