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The winners of the 2022 World Indoor Tour Gold have been determined.
With Villa de Madrid in the Spanish capital, this year's edition of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold came to an end yesterday evening, with the seventh stop in total. In addition to the meetings in New York, Boston (also held in New York this year), Liévin, Torun, as well as Birmingham, Karlsruhe, and the INIT INDOOR MEETING on 28 January 2022, as the opening stop, once again experienced world-class athletics. In addition to the 1,000 enthusiastic spectators who were able to watch the events live in the hall, athletics fans saw the pictures from Karlsruhe in more than 70 countries across all continents. Apart from prize money, amounting to 10,000 US dollars, the eleven winners of the respective disciplines can also look forward to drawing a wildcard for the World Indoor Championships, which are to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, from the 18th to the 20th of March. Among the eleven winners are Elliot Giles, from Great Britain, and pole vaulter, Armand Duplantis, from Sweden, two athletes who were successful at the Tour opener in Karlsruhe. Giles won the 800 metres in 1:46.78, while Duplantis cleared 6.02 metres in the men's pole vault, setting a new INIT INDOOR MEETING meet record.
400 metres – Justyna Święty-Ersetic (POL)
1.500 metres – Gudaf Tsegay (ETH)
60-metres hurdles – Devynne Charlton (BAH)
High jump – Eleanor Patterson (AUS)
Long jump – Lorraine Ugen (GBR)
60 metres – Elijah Hall (USA)
800 metres – Elliot Giles (GBR)
3.000 metres – Lamecha Girma (ETH)
Pole vault – Armand Duplantis (SWE)
Triple jump – Lázaro Martínez (CUB)
Shot put – Konrad Bukowiecki (POL)
All results of the tour you can find on the webite of World Athletics.
First over six metres: World record holder Armand Duplantis sets new meeting record to kick off World Indoor Tour Gold
In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,000 spectators, the athletes at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe showed world-class athletics in a series of events yesterday evening at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre. With numerous best performances as well as an enormous worldwide spectator response, the INIT INDOOR MEETING was a complete success both in terms of sport and media at the start of the indoor athletics season and the World Indoor Tour Gold.
The highlight of the evening was set by world record holder Armand Duplantis (SWE) in the men’s pole vault with a mighty leap over 6.02 metres – no one has ever jumped that high in Karlsruhe before. “Tonight was very special – especially because we haven't really had spectators in the previous years. The interaction with the fans is a completely different experience,” said the world record holder after the competition in front of an enthusiastic crowd that pushed him to be the first jumper in Karlsruhe over the 6-metre mark. “Next week I will compete in Berlin. I think it’s time for a world record in Germany,” Duplantis concludes about his next sporting goal.
Only by a hair’s breadth was a meeting record that has stood since the last century, when long-distance legend Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) ran the best time over 3,000 metres in January 1998. Last night, his compatriot Berihu Aregawi was just four hundredths of a second slower and came closer than anyone before to the new meeting record. After the youth and regional races, which traditionally kick off the INIT INDOOR MEETING, Halimah Nakaayi from Uganda secured the first international victory of the evening. In the women’s 800 metres, she beat the two German runners Christina Hering and Tanja Spill into second and third place in 2:02.81. “It was a good competition, I really enjoyed competing in front of so many spectators, it really spurred me on. Thank you for the great support here in Karlsruhe!”, Halimah Nakaayi praised the incomparable atmosphere of the INIT INDOOR MEETING.
In the men’s 800 metres, last year’s winner Elliot Giles (GBR) crossed the finish line first again – with 1:46.78 minutes he was five hundredths of a second faster than Sweden’s Andreas Kramer. “I just love this event!”, Giles enthused. “The crowd is fantastic. The Germans do it really well, every time I run in Germany,” Giles continues.
In the short distance, Spain’s Maria Isabel Pérez won the women’s 60 metres with a personal best in 7.21 seconds ahead of Patrizia van der Weken (LUX) and Tristan Evelyn (BAR). Anna Kielbasinska (POL) won the women’s 400 metres: She crossed the finish line in 51.92 seconds ahead of Phil Healy (IRL) and Lieke Klaver (NED) with a new world best as well as a personal best. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA) also set a new world best in the men’s 60 metres hurdles in 7.54 seconds. In the women’s 60-metre hurdles, the finish photo had to decide: Danielle Williams (JAM) won by a razor-thin margin ahead of France's Cyréna Samba-Mayela – for both athletes, the 7.84 seconds clocked set a new personal best.
The women’s high jump competition ended with the same height and thus two winners: Emily Borthwick (GBR) and Imke Onnen (GER) managed a new world best with a set over 1.91 metres, for the Briton the height also means a personal best. “When I jumped over 1.91 metres, I really had to pull myself together to not start crying. After such an injury phase you simply lack self-confidence, so such a high score is unbelievably good”, Imke Onnen said happily after her success in Karlsruhe. “The cheers in the hall gave me the decisive kick, especially at 1.91 metres,” Onnen concluded. It was also exciting in the men’s long jump, which Thobias Montler (SWE) won in the end with 8.02 metres. Montler was also full of praise for the Karlsruhe meeting: “It was a really good competition. The atmosphere was great and the starting field was excellent”. Erwan Kornate (FRA, 7.98m) and Maximilian Entholzner (GER, 7.92m) also came close to the 8-metre mark. In the men’s triple jump Andreas Pantazis (GRE) won with a new world best of 16.79 metres ahead of Nazim Babayev (AZE) and Max Heß (GER).
The final decision of the evening came in the women’s 1,500 metres and was an all-Ethiopian affair in the end: With a new world best of 4:02.12 minutes, Axumawit Embaye was ahead of her compatriots Hirut Meshesha and Freweyni Hailu. Last year’s winner Katharina Trost (GER) had to settle for 7th place in spite of a new personal best time in this fast race.
The organisers of the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe also look back on a successful evening. “Despite the continuing difficult situation, both for us as organisers and for the athletes, we have seen great performances from highly motivated athletes this evening,” said Sports Director Alain Blondel after the award ceremony. “Personally, I am of course particularly pleased that we have set another mark after the meeting record in the pole vault last year – finally the 6 metres have been cracked in Karlsruhe!”, Blondel continued.
Martin Wacker, Meeting Director and Managing Director of the organising KME Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, was also satisfied: “It's insanely good to finally have an audience in the hall again! And I am thrilled to see what kind of atmosphere even 1,000 people can create – in a hall where we normally accommodate 5,000 spectators,” Wacker said last night. “The INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe is a flagship event for our city. The international response was already tremendous in the preliminary coverage, and with perfect live images from Karlsruhe in 71 countries worldwide, the meeting is priceless advertising for Karlsruhe,” Wacker continues.
Please take note of the following hygiene regulations for your visit at the INIT INDOOR MEETINGs Karlsruhe.
When the athletes compete over the hurdle distance at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, an atmosphere in the arena is guaranteed.
The 60-metre hurdles have a long tradition in Karlsruhe. When the men start on 28th January 2022, this starting field will once again include world-class athletes. Among others, the Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, the Brit Andrew Pozzi, last year’s winner Wilhelm Belocian from France as well as the German Martin Vogel. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde has already collected plenty of precious metal in his career. Probably the most valuable medal is the gold at the 2018 European Outdoor Championships in Berlin, when the 30-year-old beat the favourite Sergei Shubenkov in the 110 metres hurdles in 13.17 seconds. Andrew Pozzi is also a real indoor specialist. The 29-year-old Briton won gold at the 2017 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 7.51 seconds, narrowly beating Martinot-Lagarde. In 2018, Pozzi celebrated his greatest success to date by winning the gold medal at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 7.46 seconds. In 2021 he then won silver at the European Indoor Championships in Torun in 7.43 seconds behind France’s Wilhem Belocian. Pozzi has also been to the INIT INDOOR MEETING before. In his only appearance in Karlsruhe so far, he won the 60 metre hurdles in 2017 in a strong 7.44 seconds. Last year’s winner Wilhelm Belocian will also be at the start. Last year, the 26-year-old Frenchman won the 60-metre hurdles in Karlsruhe in 7.49 seconds ahead of the US American Aaron Mallett as part of the World Indoor Tour. His victory in Karlsruhe and his two second places in Liéviin and Torun meant second place in the overall Tour ranking behind world indoor record holder Grant Holloway. Martin Vogel from LAC Erdgas Chemnitz is also a German hurdle sprinter.
Fast 800 metres with Elliot Giles and Andreas Kramer will be expect the visitors at the 2022 INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe.
Bronze medaillist of the European championships 20216, Elliot Giles, and Silber medaillist of the European championshop 2018, Andreas Kramer, will be participating at the 2022 INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on January 28th.
The timetable for the INIT INDOOR MEETING on 28th January 2020 is available.
Here you can find the timetable for the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on friday, 28th January 2022.
Great heights are pre-programmed for the women’s high jump competition at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 28th January 2022.
Great heights are pre-programmed for the women’s high jump competition at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 28th January 2022. In addition to the two top German athletes Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch and Imke Onnen, high jump shooting star Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Olympic champion Mariya Lasitskene have also confirmed their participation in the opening event of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold in Karlsruhe. Mariya Lasitskene jumped 2.04 metres – on her second attempt – and in the end placed at the top of the scoreboard at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. This meant Olympic gold for the first time for the Russian, who currently competes as an Authorised Neutral Athlete under a neutral flag. However, her first international medal was far from being her Olympic victory in August. In addition to being a three-time world and European champion, Lasitskene can also call herself a two-time world and European indoor champion.
Then Lasitskene will meet the current shooting star of the women’s high jump. Because Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who is only 20 years old, is already one of the world-class athletes. Mahuchikh already has bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, silver at the 2019 World Championships in Doha as well as gold at the European Indoor Championships and European U23 Championships last year to her name.
Mariya Lasitskene and Yaroslava Mahuchikh are joined by the two Germans Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch and Imke Onnen. In the Olympic final in Tokyo, the seven-time German champion and six-time indoor champion Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch only managed tenth place. In her last performance at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe in 2018 she came fifth. Imke Onnen finished third at the meeting in 2020. The leap of 1.96 metres was a personal best for the 27-year-old in the indoor arena to this day. Meanwhile, Imke Onnen has already proven that she can win in Karlsruhe: In 2015, she secured one of her two indoor championship titles to date at the German Indoor Championships in the exhibition hall.
Ticket allotment for the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe depleted for the time beeing. Further allotments will on sale in the new year depending on the situation.
It took less than a week for the limited ticket allotment for the 38th INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe to be sold out on the 28th of January. Due to the current corona regulations, only 500 of the possible 3,000 tickets were available for purchase. 250 tickets are reserved for loyal partners and sponsors of the INIT INDOOR MEETING, which will kick off the World Indoor Tour Gold in 2022.
Both the organisers, Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, and the LGR Karlsruhe hope that the situation will improve in the new year and that more tickets can be put on sale so that more athletics fans can see pole vault world record holder Armand Duplantis and many other star athletes and top performances.
In any case, the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, which as part of the World Indoor Tour Gold belongs to the Champions League of athletics, will be broadcast live. The competitions of the tour will be broadcast in a total of 36 countries and can be seen by millions. In Germany, SWR will broadcast the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe live on a stream from 8 PM to 10 PM. The meeting will also be shown on the website of the World Athletics Association. Regionally, a summary of the meeting will be broadcast on Baden TV.
The INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has seen numerous Olympic champions, World and European champions as well as medallists of international championships in its 38-year history. Now another highlight is being added!
The INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has seen numerous Olympic champions, World and European champions as well as medallists of international championships in its 38-year history. Now another highlight is being added, because with the pole vault world record holder both outdoors and indoors, Armand Duplantis, "the high-flyer" of the pole vault scene has confirmed his start at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 28th January 2022. "I am really looking forward to Karlsruhe and the meeting. The indoor season is very important for me, also in terms of preparation for the summer," said Duplantis during a press conference virtually connected from the USA. "I have never been to Karlsruhe before, but I have already heard about this great meeting from many of my colleagues. If nobody has jumped the 6 metres in Karlsruhe so far, it's about time. And I want to be that person," Duplantis continued. Duplantis has proven that he is already one of the best in his field at his young age. 2020 was arguably the year of Duplantis' career. At the beginning of February, he increased his personal indoor best to 6.00 metres. Only four days later, this was already history. At the World Indoor Tour in Torun, Poland, he broke Renaud Lavillenie's seven-year-old world record with a leap of 6.17 metres. On 15th February in Glasgow, he even improved his own world record to 6.18 metres. And the outdoor world record was not far behind. Sergei Bubka's record had stood for 26 years, and Duplanti's name has been at the top of the list since 17th September, when he cleared 6.15 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Rome.
Strong German line-up with Zernikel, Lita Baehre and Blech
He is joined by Oleg Zernikel, Bo Kanda Lita Baehre and Torben Blech on the podium of the German Indoor Championships 2021 and thus a very strong German line-up at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2022.
Limited number of tickets on sale as of Wednesday
Originally, advance ticket sales for the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe were to start on St. Nicholas Day. Around 3,000 tickets were supposed to go on sale then. Due to the new Corona regulation of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which came into force last Saturday, 750 visitors are allowed as of today. "We are doing our best to offer the athletes a great competition atmosphere even with a limited number of spectators," says Martin Wacker, Meeting Director and Managing Director of the organising Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH. "We have to act sensibly and submit to the restrictions of the pandemic. However, we are hoping for changes so that we can add more contingents, depending on how the situation develops," Wacker continues. With around 250 of the 750 tickets reserved for trusted partners and sponsors, a total of 500 tickets will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, 8th December from 8:00 AM. These will be available online via Ticketmaster. Tickets in the seating category cost 39.50 euros, reduced 29.50 euros. In addition, standing room will also be available in the exhibition hall for the first time, at a price of 19.50 euros. Tickets are also available in the Karlsruhe shop window at the Tourist Information Office (Kaiserstraße 72-74, 76133 Karlsruhe) and at all known advance booking offices.
When the top stars of the athletics scene come together on 28th January 2022, it will once again be time for the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe.
There will be one new milestone, though: With immediate effect, the traditional indoor athletics meeting, which will be taking place for the 38th time in 2022, will have a new title sponsor as INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe. The Karlsruhe-based company INIT, which is the world market leader for telematics solutions in public transport, is now the new title sponsor of the Karlsruhe meeting. INIT has been supporting the Karlsruhe Meeting as the main sponsor since 2015 and has now extended its involvement.
Karlsruhe and the INIT INDOOR MEETING will be the opening event of the World Indoor Tour Gold on 28th January 2022. This means that Karlsruhe, as an athletics venue, will also be one of the seven meetings with gold status in 2022 – which is the highest classification category for an indoor meeting. Next year, the two meetings in New York (USA, 13th February) and Birmingham (GBR, 19th February), which could not take place last year due to the Corona pandemic, will also be returning to the calendar. The tour will also make stops in Boston (USA, 13th February), Liévin (FRA, 17th February), Torun (POL, 22nd February), and Madrid (SPA, 2nd March). Following last year's move to the Europahalle because of the pandemic, where the meeting was held without spectators for the first time in its long history, the competitions will be returning again, this time round with an audience, to Hall 3 of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre at the end of January.
In addition to the event date, athletics fans should also note down a second date: Tickets for the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe are going on sale on the 6th of December. Only a limited ticket quota will be available, as the framework infrastructure will be adapted to the level of the Europahalle Karlsruhe during the construction of the athletics arena in the exhibition hall.
The long jumper, who was born in Heidelberg and competes for LG Kurpfalz, successfully immortalised herself in the history books of sport with her gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.
The long jumper, who was born in Heidelberg and competes for LG Kurpfalz, successfully immortalised herself in the history books of sport with her gold medal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, the laudator, Alain Blondel, sports director of the Karlsruhe INDOOR MEETING, said. Mihambo has already made her mark on the winners' lists at the INDOOR MEETING. While the men started in the long jump at the last meeting, this time round it was the women's turn again. So the chances are good that Mihambo will add the sheen of Olympic gold to the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 28th January 2022. The award was also presented to KIT President, Holger Hanselka, SAP CFO, Luka Mucic, and entrepreneur, Hans Weber, in Baden-Baden, which was recently declared a World Heritage Site. The "Made in Baden" award honours personalities who have provided outstanding services to their region in many respects and who act as beacons whose radiance and shine extend far beyond the region's borders.
World-class athletes, up close and personal – this time, though, not at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, but on Karlsruhe's market square, right in the heart of the city at "Karlsruhe springt".
World-class athletes, up close and personal – this time, though, not at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, but on Karlsruhe's market square, right in the heart of the city at "Karlsruhe springt". On Saturday, visitors were able to visit free of charge – however, in compliance with the vaccinated, tested, recovered rule. This is because the "state parlour of the city" was transformed into an athletics arena: between the pyramid and the Ludwigsbrunnen, exactly on the axis of the "Via Triumphalis", there were two sporting facilities – for long jumpers and pole vaulters, framed by stands and standing-room areas, where the vaccinated, tested, recovered rule applied and masks were compulsory, too.
The organisers admittedly already had the "image of the event in mind" during the planning in the run-up stage, Martin Wacker, managing director of Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, says. "After the INDOOR MEETING without spectators we wanted to say a big thank you to the loyal fans – and simultaneously attract life into the heart of the city. The implementation, the atmosphere and the enthusiasm exceeded our expectations. That was pure city marketing." The sporting performances additionally contributed to this: Since, already during the first jumps of the pole vaulters and long jumpers, the sports-savvy audience made clear that they were having a great time. "It's simply fun," Christopher Ullmann, long jumper from Switzerland, says: "It's an incredible facility – and the spectators are cheering us on." Especially the corona-compliant proximity of the athletes created a special feeling among the more than 1,000 visitors. They returned the favour by cheering on and applauding the athletes. "It's really great to have such a world-class sport event in the heart of the city," Dietmar Mögenburg added. The former world-class high jumper and Olympic champion was in charge of the Norwegian jumpers.
It was blow upon blow; long jumps and pole vaults in alternation. "With two facilities, there's always something going on," a delighted Sports Director, Alain Blondel, happily explained – and the exciting competition provided the best entertainment. Whether it was a three-way competition between the long jumpers Mohamed Reda Chahboun (7.70 metres), Ingar Kiplesund (7.89 metres) and the eventual winner, Henrik Flåtnes (7.98 metres), or a duel among the pole vaulters Iryna Zhuk (4.66 metres) and the eventual winner, Tina Šutej (4.71 metres), who both only just missed the respective national record: "Throughout, the athletes had praise for the atmosphere and the facility," Blondel reports on the athletes' feedback. "Naturally, we would have liked to break the national records," Šutej and Zhuk unanimously say, "but even without a record, it was a great event, especially thanks to the spectators who created such a great atmosphere."
Within the context of the Springer event, approx. 20 clubs from Karlsruhe were able to present themselves on Friedrichsplatz, showcasing some of the sporting opportunities the city offers – and many people seized this opportunity to try out sports such as darts, football, softball, volleyball or frisbee – some even succeeding at attaining their sports badge. The special kick was that, on the long jump course, where the international stars jumped later on, the amateur athletes could do their jumps. "I am delighted that so many people participated and used the opportunity to get to know the wide range of activities on offer," Martin Lenz, mayor of the Sports Department, explained. "What is more, it was an excellent showcasing opportunity for the clubs." "Sport in the City" presented itself as a complete, successful concept that could be continued in cooperation with the clubs," Wacker said "with the combination of both popular and top-class sport." How closely and sustainably this is interconnected in Karlsruhe is also clearly demonstrated by the facility's jumping pit, because the approximately 5 cubic metres of sand will be donated to Karlsruhe kindergartens during these days. The evening finale to an all-round successful day of sport in Karlsruhe was then provided by the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Light Festival Karlsruhe.
He was the voice of athletics in Germany. And most importantly, he was the voice of our INDOOR MEETING in Karlsruhe.
He was the voice of athletics in Germany. And most importantly, he was the voice of our INDOOR MEETING in Karlsruhe. We are shocked by the news of the sudden passing of Wolf-Dieter Poschmann. He left us far too soon, after a short, serious illness.
Dear Poschi, the entire INDOOR MEETING family will miss you forever. You characterized the INDOOR MEETING with your voice for so many years.
We will honour your memory.
Rest in peace!
Villa de Madrid, which took place last thursday, concluded the sixth edition of the World Athletics Indoor Tour athletics series, organised by the international athletics federation World Athletics.
The eleven tour winners also include three athletes (Auriol Dongmo, Liadagmis Povea and Juan Miguel Echevarria) who competed at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 29 January.
60 meters – Javianne Oliver (USA)
800 meters – Habitam Alemu (ETH)
3.000 meters – Lemlem Hailu (ETH)
Pole Vault – Iryna Zhuk (BLR)
Triple Jump – Liadagmis Povea (CUB)
Shot Put – Auriol Dongmo (POR)
400 meters – Pavel Maslak (CZE)
1.500 meters. Selemon Barega (ETH)
60 meters hurdles – Grant Holloway (USA)
High Jump – Gianmarco Tamberi (ITA)
Long Jump – Juan Miguel Echevarria (CUB)
He's done it again. Top pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie has once again shown Karlsruhe and the INDOOR MEETING how to fly.
He’s done it again. Top pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie has once again shown Karlsruhe and the INDOOR MEETING how to fly, and broke his own 2016 event record. The Frenchman cleared 5.95 metres at the first attempt; despite competing without the cheer of the crowd, Karlsruhe brought him success. “Usually, the atmosphere here in Karlsruhe is great, but it was a bit different today. Still, there is always a very special ambience in Karlsruhe,” said the Frenchman after his competition. “All of us athletes want to deliver top performances, as a gif o the organisers,” Lavillenie added. Karlsruhe 2021 has indeed had its fair share of world-class performances. There were a total of eight world best results this year, four national records and two event records. Besides Renaud Lavillenie, Auriol Dongmo from Portugal also set a new event record. She won the women’s shot put competition with 19.65 metres, which was not only an event record but also a world and national record, to kick off the World Athletics Indoor Tour.
Three-time World Champion from Berlin and reigning World Champion in the 200 metres Dina Asher-Smith is also in top form at the INDOOR MEETING and set her personal best indoors with 7.08 seconds in her final race. “I was very happy about my performance today and I’ve surprised myself,” said the Brit after her victory. She crossed the finish line ahead of Orlann Ombissa-Dzangue and Ajla del Ponte. The 400-metre event was an even bigger surprise when Marvin Schlegel of LAC Erdgas Chemnitz ran 46.61 seconds over two laps, beating his rivals Oscar Husillos and Pavel Maslak, former world and European indoor champion. “I travelled here with the intention of just doing my best and trying to match my result from last time. I am really happy that it was all it took to win the race,” said the 23-year-old after his victory. Katharina Trost also won gold for Germany. She won the 1500 metres with a time of 4:12.02 minutes, a world best, ahead of Winnie Nanyondo from Uganda. The Kenyans reigned supreme in both the women’s and men’s 3000 metres at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2021. In the women’s race it was the Kenyan Beatrice Chepkoech, world record holder of the 3000-metre outdoor hurdles, who earned the top score with her victory of 8:41.98 minutes and secured her place in the World Athletics Indoor Tour rankings. The winner of the 3000-metre race was Bethwell Birgen, who with her time of 7:34.12 minutes beat her time from the previous year by more than four seconds.
Hurdle sprinters have also set some record times at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe. In the men’s event, it was U20 world record holder Wilhelm Belocian from France, who won in a lightning-fast 7.49 seconds. The women’s results were somewhat unexpected, however. Nooralotta Neziri from Finland crossed the finish line in 7.92 seconds, followed by Tobi Amusan, who came fourth at the World Championships, Nadine Visser, European indoor champion, and Elvira Hermann, the European outdoor champion, in second, third and fourth place.
Juan Miguel Echevarria, the 2018 World Indoor Champion and long-jump legend, won with an unbelievable first jump of 8.18 metres. The women’s triple jump title also went to a Cuban athlete, Liadagmis Povea. She stepped onto the podium with a world best result of the year of 14.54 metres. The Brit Elliot Giles won the 800 metres in 1:45.50 minutes and local favourite Christoph Kessler of the LG Region Karlsruhe finished sixth with a personal best. “We have seen incredible performances from our athletes. We could really see the athletes were hungry to compete after such a long break,” said sports director Alain Blondel after the 37th INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, which he regards as thoroughly positive. “Karlsruhe has once again done the best advertising for international athletics. We were live for two hours today in seven countries around the world,” he adds. Martin Wacker, meeting director and managing director of the organisers Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, can only agree with this: “This event will go down in history. We have set an example for athletics by holding the event under these conditions. We hope that we will be able to continue this success story in 2022 together with our supporters in the hall.”
The World Athletics Indoor Tour continues on 9 February in Liévin, France, before it travels to Boston (13 February), Torun (17 February) on 24 February for the tour finale in Madrid.
Here you can find all results of the 2021 INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe.
28 January 2022
INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, GER
29 January 2022
Millrose Games New York, USA
6 February 2022
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Boston, USA
17 February 2022
Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Liévin, FRA
19 February 2022
Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham, GBR
22 February 2022
Copericus Cup Torun, POL
2 March 2022
Villa de Madrid, ESP
Winfried Kretschmann(Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg)
(The State of Baden-Württemberg / Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports)
for its outstanding contributions to the worldwide development of athletics.
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