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PICTURED: Christina Manning and Christian Coleman

THE WORLD Indoor Athletics Championships could be a case of ‘Yanks very much’ come the end as Team USA lead the charge for podium places.

The most successful nation in the history of these championships will be hard to usurp once proceedings gets under way this week at the Arena Birmingham, which plays host to the event for the second time in British history.


Twenty global medallists, including defending World Indoor champions Brittney Reese, Vashti Cunningham and Marquis Dendy will descend upon the UK shores this week in the hopes of continuing a American tradition of indoor track and eld dominance.

Also among the 49 athletes from 25 states that will represent the red, white and blue will be newly crowned 60m world record holder Christian Coleman and Team USATF’s second-most recent record-setter, Sharika Nelvis, who leads the women’s 60m hurdles after setting an American record while winning the USATF title in 7.70s.

Talking to the Voice of Sport Nelvis, 27, epitomised the American spirit ahead of the championships when she said she was confident of bringing home the gold. “I think this year it’s just been my time. I feel like last year I had a really great season but unfortunately I didn’t make the team. Last year I wanted to but it’s always on God’s time."

NELVIS: Going to do what it takes to bring home the glory


“I feel like this year it’s my time and I will get to World’s and I will win that.” She added: “I’ve been saying that I am not really about times but) I’m going to run the winning time, whatever that is, that’s what it is.

"Threatening not to let her have it all her own way however, is team mate Christina Manning who won last weekends World Indoor Tour series, pipping Nelvis to the $20,000 prize money."

She enthused: ”It should be a (American) one, two, three honestly, but I’m claiming first.”

USA won 13 gold medals (23 in total) at the last World Indoor Championships in Portland, it’s looking like they could be even more successful in Birmingham.

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