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Glasgow indoor match gives insight for season

Aviva International Match
Venue: Kelvin Hall, Glasgow Date: Saturday 30 January Coverage: Watch live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website (UK only) 1400-1630 GMT

Ennis and Jones
Ennis leads Great Britain and Northern Ireland against Jones and the US team

Mark Butler
By Mark Butler
BBC Sport's athletics statistician takes a look at the numbers behind the big races

Since 1988, when Glasgow's Kelvin Hall replaced RAF Cosford as the premier venue for indoor athletics in Britain, it has brought us our first insight each year as to how the track season might turn out.

It is by no means the biggest meeting of the indoor season, but for a statistician it is one of the trickiest as the organisers now tend to bring together evenly-matched teams, vying for victory right up to the last event.

This year pitches a Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad captained by Jessica Ennis against teams from the US and Sweden, along with a Commonwealth Select side led by South Africa's 800m world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi.

Ennis relishing racing Lolo Jones

The total winning margin over the past three years has been just four points, with 2007 producing a tie between Britain and the USA, who each had the same number of points, winners and second places.

Between 2000-06 Russia won six times out of seven, and in the 20 televised matches since 1988, it is Russia which has the most victories with eight, compared with Britain's seven-and-a-half.

Though the team match is fun, of more significance is the first glimpse this fixture gives us of athletes who have wintered well.

Carmelita Jeter
It will be tough for a British woman to win the 60m as the world's fastest woman, Carmelita Jeter, will be in town

So when a 22-year-old Sally Gunnell won the 400m in 1988 with the second-quickest indoor time ever by a British woman, it was a great sign of what was to come from her in 400m hurdles.

Within five years she had world outdoor gold and silver individual medals to her name and an Olympic gold, won in Barcelona.

Another future 400m hurdles star was among the winners in 2001, when Felix Sanchez quietly won the 'B' 400m. Seven months later he was world champion.

It was in the Glasgow 4x400m of 2006 that Nicola Sanders demonstrated she could be a phenomenal performer, going on to take world silver the following year.

And in the women's 60m, the Glasgow winners of 2004 (Abi Oyepitan) and 2008 (Jeanette Kwakye) progressed all the way to Olympic finals in those years.

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It will be tough for a British woman to win again in 2010, however, as the world's fastest woman, Carmelita Jeter, will be in town.

The headlines on Sunday will likely go to Jeter, but the blue riband event of the meeting seems to have become the men's 60m, which once again ends the programme.

This perhaps should be renamed the Malcolm Arnold sprint, since athletes he has coached have triumphed on all but one occasion since 2000: Jason Gardener won six times, now Craig Pickering has won the last three.

It was in 2007 that Pickering made his breakthrough, while in 2008 his victory clinched the match for Britain.

He is on the team for Saturday, when we will get the first clues as to how well his season - and that of many other British athletes - may unfold in 2010.


Records:

Past results of Glasgow indoor internationals:

1988 - 1 GB 130.5; 2 Fra 104.5
A capacity crowd of 5,000 watch wins by Sally Gunnell, Linford Christie and Jon Ridgeon at the newly refurbished Kelvin Hall.

1989 - 1 GB 159; 2 W Ger 86
British high jump record by Dalton Grant

1989 - 1 GB 107; 2 USA 105; 3, USSR 104
4x400m world record by USA men

1990 - 1 E Ger 140.5; 2 GB 134.5
Britain's men defeat East Germany for the first time to win their side of the match

1991 - 1 USA 150; 2 GB 127
British team set a world record in men's 4x200m

1992 - Invitational Meeting
Merlene Ottey clocks the fastest 60m ever in Britain

1993 - 1 Rus 161; 2 GB 105
Guest Michael Johnson wins the 400m and admits "I ran terribly"

1994 - 1 Rus 138; 2 GB 115
Linford Christie defeats Colin Jackson at 60m, but only by one hundredth of a second

1994 - 1 GB 147; 2 USA 118
Colin Jackson equals the world record in the 60m hurdles

1995 - 1 GB 155; 2 Fra 122
Commonwealth pole vault record by Kate Staples

1996 1 GB 142; 2 Fra 138
SallyGunnell returns to win again after 18 months out through injury

1997-1999 - No meeting

2000 - 1 Rus 73.5; 2 All Stars 64; 3 GB 48; 4 Can 41; 5 Fra 40.5
New 800m star Yuriy Borzakovskiy wins with a spectacularly-fast last lap

2001 - 1 Rus 76; 2 All Stars 75; 3 GB 62 4 Scandinavia 36; 5 GB Lions 36
British 1500m record by Hayley Tullett

2002 - 1 Rus 66.5; 2 GB 61.5; 3 All Stars 56.5; 4 Ger 42; 5 Swe 39.5
British all-comers record in the triple jump by Ashia Hansen

2003 - 1 GB 59; 2 Rus 58; 3 Europe 56; 4 Swe 42; 5 Ita 39
World pole vault record by Svetlana Feofanova

2004 - 1 Rus 61; 2 World Select 56.5; 3 GB 52; 4 Swe 41.5; 5 Ita 26
Kelly Holmes begins her epic year with a win in the 1500m

2005 - 1 Rus 63; 2 GB 48; 3 Fra 47; 4 Swe 46; 5, Ita 33
Russia's women unexpectedly break the world record at 4x200m

2006 - 1 Rus 65; 2 Commonwealth 52; 3 GB 50; 4 Swe 43; 5 Ita 20
Another relay world record by Russian women, this time at 4x400m

2007 - =1 GB & USA 50; 3 Ger 50; 4 Swe 46; 5 Commonwealth 43
Christian Olsson defeats Phillips Idowu in the triple jump

2008 - 1 GB 54; =2 USA & Ger 53; 4 Commonwealth 46; 5 Swe 43
A sixth successive victory in the 60m hurdles by Susana Kallur

2009 - 1 Commonwealth 60; 2 GB 57; 3 Ger 51; 4 USA 46; 5 Swe 37
British 3000m record by Mo Farah

Men's 60m winners:

1988 - Linford Christie GB 6.67 seconds

1989 - Michael Rosswess GB 6.73

1989 - Michael Rosswess GB 6.57

1990 - Linford Christie GB 6.61

1991 - Linford Christie GB 6.55

1992 - Jason Livingston GB 6.51

1993 - Henry Neal USA 6.66

1994 - Linford Christie GB 6.56

1994 - Linford Christie GB 6.53

1995 - Linford Christie GB 6.56

1996 - Jason John GB 6.62

2000 - Jason Gardener GB 6.57

2001 - Greg Saddler USA 6.60

2002 - Jason Gardener GB 6.53

2003 - Jason Gardener GB 6.52

2004 - Jason Gardener GB 6.54

2005 - Jason Gardener GB 6.63

2006 - Jason Gardener GB 6.59

2007 - Craig Pickering GB 6.55

2008 - Craig Pickering GB 6.57

2009 - Craig Pickering GB 6.57

Kelvin Hall records

Men

60m 6.51 Jason Livingston GB - 1992

200m 20.67 John Regis GB - 1995

400m 45.33 Mark Everett USA - 1992

800m 1:46.22 Tom McKean GB - 1990

1500m 3:39.55 Steve Crabb GB - 1989

3000m 7:40.99 Mo Farah GB - 2009

60m hurdles 7.36 Colin Jackson GB - 1994

High jump 2.37 Vyacheslav Voronin Rus - 2000

Pole vault 5.80 Rodion Gataullin USSR - 1990 / Maksim Tarasov Rus - 1993

Long jump 8.36 Mike Powell USA - 1993

Triple jump 17.20 Christian Olsson Swe - 2007

Shot put 21.03 Klaus Bodenmüller Aut - 1990

4x200m 1:22.11 Great Britain &?NI 1991

4x400m 3:04.96 Russia 5 March 2000

Women

60m 7.04 Merlene Ottey Jam - 1992

200m 22.81 Natalya Voronova Rus - 1993

400m 50.62 Olga Zaytseva Rus - 2006

800m 1:58.46 Maria Mutola Moz - 2004

1500m 4:05.44 Jolanda Ceplak Slo - 2002

3000m 8:54.81 Liz McColgan GB - 1989

60m hurdles 7.74 Ludmila Engqvist USSR - 1990

High jump 2.01 Kajsa Bergqvist Swe - 2006

Pole vault 4.76 Svetlana Feofanova Rus - 2003 / Yelena Isinbayeva Rus - 2004

Long jump 6.81 Lyudmila Galkina E Ger - 2001

Triple jump 14.34 Ashia Hansen GB - 2002

Shot put 20.64 Claudia Losch W Ger - 1990

4x200m 1:32.41 Russia - 2005

4x400m 3:23.37 Russia - 2006



see also
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Holl named Scots' athletics chief
19 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Ethiopian duo raise the bar
07 Jan 10 |  Athletics
Medals, money or both?
12 Jun 09 |  Athletics
When is a record not a record?
19 Feb 09 |  Athletics


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