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Hannah England named GB captain for athletics championships

Hannah England competing Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Hannah England has been names captain of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the European Athletics Team Championships in Germany.

The Birchfield Harriers runner was selected by Director of British Athletics, Neil Black, and will lead the team at the Eintracht Stadium in Braunschweig on 21 and 22 June.

England won silver in the 2011 1500m World Championships. Of her selection as captain she said:

"It’s amazing to be captain and it’s not something I had on my to do list, but when Neil asked me, it was a real honour."

Even my mum who’s not particularly into athletics was really proud and it’s a really standalone thing to captain my country."

"I’m quite nervous about giving a speech, but I take inspiration from some of the ones I’ve been a part of. It takes a lot to stand up in front of peers like that and it’s quite a personal thing_.”

UK Athletics Championships underway in Birmingham

The UK Athletics Championships are underway in Birmingham.

A selection of heats are being run tonight, with the main events taking place over the weekend. But they have been lit up by some high profile performances.

Dwain Chambers Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

British sprinter Dwain Chambers has set a season's best of 10.06 seconds in the men’s 100m heat, and if he can follow that with another good performance tomorrow he will automatically qualify for next month’s World Championships in Moscow.

Dai Greene was also in action tonight at the Alexander Stadium. He won his men’s 400m hurdles heat in 50.51 seconds, as he looks to get back into form following injury and illness.

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In pictures: Day two of the Diamond League athletics in Birmingham

Mo Farah passed his biggest test of the year with flying colours as he claimed 5,000 metres victory over a strong field at the Sainsbury's Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

The double Olympic champion faced a stiff challenge, with the world's two fastest 5,000 metres runners – Ethiopian pair Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet – on the start line.

Mo Farah celebrates after winning the Men's 5000m race Credit: PA
Perri-Shakes Drayton, Christine Ohuruogu and rising star Jessica Judd all claimed victory on the 400m hurdles Credit: PA
Hannah England running in the Women's 1500m Credit: PA
Great Britain's Nathan Douglas in action in the triple jump competition Credit: PA
Great Britain's Gianni Frankis came 4th in the 110m hurdles heats

Birmingham to stage 2013 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final

Hannah Cockcroft won a gold medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport/PA

Some of the world's best athletes will come to Birmingham when the city stages the 2013 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final.

The event will take place at the Alexander Stadium on Saturday 29th June, three weeks before the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France.

It will be the seventh and final event of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix and is expected to welcome more than 144 athletes competing in 18 events.

Hannah Cockcroft, British gold medal winner at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, said: “I'm so excited to see the UK hosting another world-class athletics event and this time in Birmingham, so even closer to home for me."

Athletics Grand Prix underway in Birmingham

The British Athletics Grand Prix is underway at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (NIA).

Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah, has returned this year alongside other athletes made famous during the London 2012 Games, including Jamaican field sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, GB high jumper Robbie Grabarz, and American sprinter Carmelita Jeter.

Britain's Dwain Chambers – one of Europe's fastest sprinters in the history of athletics, is also competing in Birmingham.

Great Britain's Dwain Chambers (centre) during his 100 metre heat Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale after winning the women's pole vault Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Great Britain's Shara Proctor on her way to winning the women's long jump Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure on her way to winning her women's 60 metre heat Credit: Dave Thompson/PA

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