Grant Holloway on his way to a 60m hurdles win at the 2022 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (© Jason Suarez)
Three pairs of major medallists are to clash at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix as organisers have announced Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham for the 60m hurdles, Laura Muir and Ciara Mageean for the 3000m, and Trayvon Bromell and Noah Lyles for the 60m on 4 February.
In what promises to be an exciting match-up between two of last season’s fastest men in the world, Holloway and Cunningham will headline the men’s hurdles at the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting. Holloway won his second consecutive world 110m hurdles title in 2022 to go with the gold he won in the 60m hurdles at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade. The 25-year-old is also the world indoor 60m hurdles record-holder and is the second-fastest man in history outdoors.
His US compatriot Cunningham is also coming off a fantastic year, in which he won world 110m hurdles silver behind Holloway, finished second at the US Championships and won NCAA titles both indoors and outdoors. Holloway and Cunningham finished first and second – 7.37 to 7.47 – at this year's New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
Another great match-up will take place in the women’s 3000m, featuring Muir of Great Britain and Mageean of Ireland. In 2022 alone, Muir won bronze over 1500m at the World Athletics Championships, gold and bronze for Scotland at 1500m and 800m, respectively, at the Commonwealth Games, and gold in the 1500m at the European Championships. Muir is also the European indoor record-holder at 3000m and will wrap up her 2023 indoor campaign with an attempt at the world indoor 1000m record at the Birmingham World Indoor Tour Final on 25 February.
Mageean, meanwhile, is coming off the best season of her career. She won silver medals behind Muir in the 1500m at both the Commonwealth Games and European Championships, and scored one of the biggest victories of her career when she won the 1500m at the Diamond League in Brussels in 3:56.63, breaking Sonia O’Sullivan’s 27-year-old Irish record.
In the men’s 60m, USA’s 2016 world indoor champion Bromell will line up against the previously-announced Lyles, the reigning world champion at 200m. Bromell is coming back from an excellent 2022 campaign that saw him win his second world bronze medal at 100m and he ended the year as the second-fastest man in the world at the distance.
Those head-to-heads join the previously-announced Jake Wightman and Gabby Thomas in Boston.
For further information on the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, visit the event website.
Organisers for World Athletics