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The Britons hoping to succeed at the World Championships

Sir Mo Farah and Laura Muir are expected to deliver but who else could win medals for Britain?

The British athletes can bank on extra support from the crowd at the World Championships as they plot home success.

Sir Mo Farah and Laura Muir are expected to deliver and, here, Press Association Sport looks and them and the other Britons expected to challenge for medals.

Laura Muir

Laura Muir (David Davies/PA)

The 24-year-old is set to be one of the leading lights of the summer after her double European gold in March.

Muir blitzed the field in Belgrade to take the 1500 metres and 3,000 metres crowns, her first senior titles.

She is already eyeing wins in the 1,500m and 5,000m after her victories earlier in the year convinced her to try for the double.

Muir has shaken off a disappointing seventh place in the 1500m in Rio last year and is primed to be one of the stars of the summer.

Mo Farah

All eyes will be on Farah as the four-time Olympic champion retires from the track to focus on road racing after the World Championships.

The scene is set for the 34-year-old to the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres after his first two Olympic gold medals at London 2012.

His double defence in Rio last year cemented Farah as one of the world’s best ever distance runner and he is one of the main draws along with the retiring Usain Bolt.

Farah has not been beaten in a global championship final since 2011 and will look to cap his track career with another two titles in August.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Great Britain's Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Paul Harding/PA)

With the retirement of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Canada’s Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Johnson-Thompson will be expecting to win her first world medal in the heptathlon this summer.

She set a new Briitsh record after jumping 1.98m in the long jump at the Olympics last year before tailing off and finishing sixth after being tipped for a medal.

But she moved to France earlier this year to work under new coach Jean-Yves Cochand and has been based in in Montpellier, although struggled in the long jump at the Anniversary Games.

She won European Indoor gold in 2015 but finished 28th at the World Championships in Beijing later that year and will be aiming for better this year.

Asha Philip

Asha Philip is targeting success over 100m (Martin Rickett/PA)

The 26-year-old has recovered from a serious knee injury in her early 20s and won her first individual senior title at the European Indoor Championships in March.

Philip won the 60 metres – adding to her 4x100m relay bronze from last year’s Olympics – and is aiming to transfer her form to the 100m.

The London-born sprinter is eager to make her mark in her own backyard having set a personal best of 7.06 seconds when winning her European title in Belgrade.

She admits she has conquered her injury issues and is more confident and is out to prove more doubters wrong.

Andrew Pozzi

Andrew Pozzi is hoping to put his London 2012 nightmare behind him (Martin Rickett/PA)

The Olympic Stadium is a bittersweet place for Pozzi following a previous personal best and a 2012 injury nightmare.

The hurdler posted 13.19 seconds at last year’s Anniversary Games but was unable to finish in qualifying at the Olympics five years ago after suffering a hamstring injury.

But the 25-year-old won the 60m hurdles at the European Indoors in Belgrade in March – his first major senior title – and will be hunting the podium in August.

He has already set two new personal bests this year – including a 13.14 second race in Paris in June – as he continues to put last year’s Olympics disappointment behind him after he was disqualified from the 110m hurdles, a performance he called “abysmal”.


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