BIRMINGHAM, UK — The IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018 gets underway at Arena Birmingham on Thursday, March 1 and you can watch live coverage of the event on television and online, using several different streaming platforms.
Over 600 athletes from more than 140 countries arrive in Britain to battle in the 17th edition of the IAAF’s second largest event and the lone major global championships on the track and field calendar for this season.
ESPN or IAAF Facebook page, as well as the IAAF YouTube channel will have the online streaming, while the IAAF listed the television stations with media rights.
NBCSN and Olympic Channel will have coverage in USA and UK will be covered by BBC Two.
Action on Thursday’s opening day will begin with an evening session, starting at 1:45 p.m. ET.
The three events slated for Day 1 are the men’s and women’s High Jump, as well as the women’s 3000m – which are all finals.
Dibaba Racing For The Gold
On the track, defending champion and current world leader Genzebe Dibaba will take on reigning world indoor 1500m champion Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands and Kenya’s world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri in the women’s 3000m event.
Another notable figure in the lineup is double European indoor champion Laura Muir, along with USA’s Shelby Houlihan, Germany’s Konstanze Klosterhalfen and Sweden’s 2014 European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta.
Good Battle Is Expected
In the women’s high jump, defending champion Vashti Cunningham of the USA, who recently turned 20, is expected to battle with two-time world outdoor champion Mariya Lasitskene in her title defense.
Lasitskene leads the world with an indoor lifetime best of 2.04m and has gone over 2.00m six times already this season.
Meanwhile, U.S. champion Cunningham has only competed twice this indoor campaign and she shares the current world No. 2 mark of 1.97m with Ukraine’s Yuliya Levchenko.
Bulgaria’s 2016 Olympic and European silver medallist Mirela Demireva and the Caribbean best Levern Spencer of St. Lucia, have both cleared 1.95m so far this season.
In the men’s high jump, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, the 2017 IAAF world male athlete of the year, will be the expected man to beat in the gold medal race.
Barshim is the world number one this season with a clearance of 2.38m, achieved at the Asian Indoor Championships in February and he is expected to battle with Danil Lysenko, who like Lasitskene, will be competing as a neutral athlete.
IAAF WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS LIVE COVERAGE PAGES
Live blog (active during competition sessions)
Live radio (active during competition sessions)
(all times U.S. Eastern Time):
March 1 (day 1 evening session): 1:45–3:30 p.m.
March 2 (day 2 morning session): 5:00–8:30 a.m.
March 2 (day 2 evening session): 1:00–5:00 p.m.
March 3 (day 3 morning session): 5:00–8:30 a.m.
March 3 (day 3 evening session): 1:00–5:00 p.m.
March 4 (day 4 afternoon session): 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.