After great performances by England’s athletes at the Commonwealth Games (with Scotland also successful) and Team GB above France on the Euros’ medals table, is the future really as rosy as it seems for Britain as we head into the 'cycle' of World Championships and Olympics over the next two years? Here we look at the women who could be going home with silverware on the global stage.

One of the most encouraging aspects of the Euros was surely the massive strides (quite literally) being made by the British female sprinting squad. In winning the 4 x 100m final they set a new National Record and are a predominantly young team with several options around the make up of the quartet, so expectations are high that they will improve over the next few years. They will need to though as the Jamaicans and Americans will provide a far tougher challenge at the global level.

In the individual sprint events, Jodie Williams medalled at both Glasgow and Zurich in the 200m so would seem to be a potential finallist at the Worlds next year. However, she witnessed first hand the progress she may need to make to get on the rostrum globally, as Schippers beat her convincingly at the Euros and similarly Okagbare at the Commonwealths. Throw in Allyson Felix and Tori Bowie from America and Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica and the challenge increases. However, the world listings show four British women in the top twenty (Bianca Williams, Dina Asher-Smith and Anyika Onuora also feature), so GB should have a few chances from within them. GB seem less likely to medal globally in the 100m, but Ashleigh Nelson and Desiree Henry are fast improving and Asha Philip seems to be back on track, so competition for GB placings should help them to close on the world's best.

Christine Ohuruogu is a proven major champs athlete over 400m and will defend her world title next year, with one of her big rivals, Montsho likely to be banned. In the twilight of her career, if she can benefit from her relaxed season this year, then another medal may be possible. Her late decision to compete in the Euros clearly reflected the dip in standards over 400m in Europe this year (only two in the top 20 world times), but the rest of the world is a different matter. Old foes Richards- Ross (sub 50 secs) and Williams-Mills have maintained their form, with America's McCorory flying with 49.48 secs. Going through the rounds is a different matter though, so never discount the Brit, especially if she can match her 49.41 secs best. A fully fit Ohuruogu would also boost 4 x 400m chances, as would the return of Perri Shakes Drayton should she regain form after a season out through injury.

Lynsey Sharp seems to have grown in stature over the 800m this season with medals at both major Games, behind two of the world's best in Sum and Arzamasova. Her front running efforts at the Euros were particularly refreshing, offering alternative race options, but her favoured late charge seems more suited to the world stage, especially now that her best time is under 1:59. Jess Judd could also feature in major finals if she can have a solid winter and lower her times.

The hurdles races seem to offer further medal chances going forward, with Tiffany Porter having finally taken a major title at the Euros and going close to the Olympic champion in Glasgow in the 100m hurdles, to add to her bronze at the last Worlds. Over the longer 400m distance, Eilidh Child seems to be gaining in confidence as she took the Euros title. A global medal may not be far off.

Depending on how fully they regain their fitness, Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (post maternity break) and Katarina Johnson- Thompson (injury) would seem likely contenders at the Worlds and Olympics in the heptathlon, with the promising double World Junior champion (heptathlon and high jump), Morgan Lake waiting in the wings. It may be too early for Lake in the senior ranks, but her time will no doubt come. 'KJ' may also have chances in the long jump, should she opt to double up, in addition to Shara Proctor.

Laura Weightman is another to have medalled in both Games this summer in the 1500m. Under Steve Cram's masterful eye, she has improved both her times and her racing brain to take the chances offered to her in those finals. The Euros especially had a classy field at the front, with both Hassan and Aregawi among the top five on times this year. The challenge will be to go even faster and hope that another medal opportunity arises. Scotland's Laura Muir has run quicker than Weightman, but will need to draw on her finals' disappointments if she is to feature in future major champs.

In the distance events where the Kenyans and Ethiopians dominate the listings and generally the major championships themselves, Britain have both veteran Jo Pavey and youngster Emilia Gorecka in the top twenty over 5km, but they trail some 30 seconds behind on season's bests so a finals’ place at the Worlds would seem their initial target. Julia Bleasdale ranks sixth best in the 10km this year, but is almost a minute behind world leader Kipyego of Kenya.

The field events look unlikely to yield many medals for Britain in the immediate future, although Goldie Sayers could repeat her Euros’ final in the javelin. A return to her best would be required to go close to a medal, but would be a fitting reward for her years of effort in the event. Holly Bleasdale won bronze at the World Indoors in the pole vault, but missed the outdoors through injury.
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