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World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24: Long Jump Preview

Starting from March 1-3, the top track and field stars from around the world will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, to compete in the World Athletics Indoor Championships. With a total of 651 competitors from over 130 countries, athletes will be striving for international titles, showcasing their peak form as they prepare for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Spread across three days, the championships will feature 26 events, split equally among men’s and women’s categories.

Fans will fill the 6,500-seat Emirates Arena in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, to watch some of the biggest names in athletics chase after gold, silver, and bronze medals. Let’s fill you in on what to expect at the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships. It’s been nearly nine years since Tara Davis, then a rising star, claimed the women’s long jump title at the World U18 Championships in Cali.

At last August’s outdoor World Championships in Budapest, now married and known as Tara Davis-Woodhall, she nearly snagged a senior global gold with her opening jump of 6.91m. However, she was nudged into second place with the following jump by Ivana Vuleta, leaving Davis-Woodhall with the silver medal. Today, the 24-year-old American is the favorite as she sets her sights on the UK competition.

With a leading indoor season jump of 7.18m, which also won her the US indoor title, Davis-Woodhall has bested her record by 4cm. She’s ahead of the field this year, especially since no other woman has jumped over 7 meters and Vuleta, the previous champion, won’t be defending her title. Keep an eye on German up-and-comer Mikaelle Assani, who follows Davis-Woodhall on the entry list based on the season’s best performances.

Men’s Long Jump athletes to watch out in World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24

In men’s athlete there’s Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece, a real-life version of King Midas when it comes to long jumping. With a collection that includes the Olympic, World, and European titles, he’s owned the long jump scene. He’s returning to Glasgow – the site of his first European indoor triumph – to defend his World Indoor title, which he won on his 24th birthday nearly two years ago.

Now, just shy of his 26th birthday, Tentoglou has aced all three of his indoor meets in 2024, including an 8.26m leap that snagged him his sixth consecutive Greek indoor title. With his love for competition, he’ll surely be revved up by the young Italian star Mattia Furlani, also known as “Spiderman” to his pals because of his resemblance to the Marvel character Miles Morales. At 18 years old, Furlani impressively jumped 8.44 meters with a slight wind assist in Savona last May.

During the Italian Indoor Championships on February 17, he achieved a leap of 8.34 meters. This record is the best indoor jump by an under-20 athlete and ties for the second all-time in this age category, equaling Randy Williams’ 1972 Olympic qualifying jump before he won gold. Join us in Glasgow, where athletes will put on a display of impressive skills and vie for international glory, setting the stage for the next Olympic showdown.

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Pushkar Pandey

Pushkar is a sports writer and covers sports topics. He is employed at the sports divisions of sportslumo and statjunction in the US Olympics section. His writing is captivating when it comes to covering sports activities like running, swimming, and gymnastics.