Athletics: Luke who can’t wait to shine in Poland

Pole Vaulter Luke Cutts (Dearne ALC) is one of Britain’s top medal prospects at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland which start today and continue over the weekend.

Cutts is second in the world this year with his UK record of 5.83 set in January. The world leader is Olympic Champion Renaud Lavillenie (France) but he is ruled out due to an injury sustained when he broke the world record with a stunning 6.16 last month. On that occasion Cutts was second with 5.81.

Another medal prospect is Lee Emanuel (City of Sheffield) in the 1500 metres. Selected after winning the trial, Emanuel is in the form of his life and also qualified for the 3000 metres but was selected for the shorter distance. His time of 3:54.30 for an indoor mile in New York in January ranks second on the UK all time list behind Peter Elliott.

Mukhtar Mohammed (Sheffield RC) is also competing in Sopot. He goes in the 800 metres and will be looking for a place in the final along with his British team mate Andrew Osagie. An experienced indoor runner, Mohammed was bronze medallist in last year’s European Indoor Championships.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire champion Andy Heyes (Hallamshire) leads Yorkshire’s challenge in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Birmingham tomorrow.

Heyes won the County title in January and took third place in the recent National Championships.

A repeat performance would give Yorkshire a great start in the team race where they are hoping to at least match last year’s effort when they took the silver medals. Rob Little (Hallamshire) and Richard Harris (Rotherham) are also in the Yorkshire team.

Laura Spence (Rotherham) and Julia Jagger (Hallamshire) are in the Yorkshire women’s team.

City of Sheffield starlet Jonathon Shields spearheads the County’s challenge at under 17 level.