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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.
Karlsruhe can look forward to welcoming the world record holder. Beatrice Chepkoech from Kenya, the current world record holder in the 3,000 metres steeplechase, has confirmed that she will be at the starting line for the INDOOR MEETING this coming Friday, 29 January 2021. Although you won’t find any hurdles at the INDOOR MEETING, her start in the women’s 3,000 metres promises a record time, as her personal best indoors is 8:39.15 minutes.
A loud cry of joy filled the athletics arena in 2019. It was Ewa Swoboda's cry of joy. This happened immediately after she crossed the finish line of the women's 60 metres at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe as its winner, thereby banishing Europe's sprint queen Dafne Schippers to second place. In general, 2019 was the year of this Polish woman. The 23-year-old secured the overall victory in the women's 60 metres following her victories at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe and the two meetings in Torun and Madrid – as well as her second place in Düsseldorf.
The women's 1500-metre race at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has traditionally been a major event. Even today, everyone can remember the world record set by Genzebe Dibaba in 2014, back then in the Karlsruhe Europahalle. Now, the 1500-metre run is returning to the Europahalle with, amongst others, Gesa Felicitas Krause, European champion in the 3000-metre steeplechase in 2016 and 2018, as well as bronze medallist at the 2019 World Championships.
Watching athletes plunge into the sand after their run-up in the long jump is always a spectacular sight. Every year, the long jump is one of the flagship events at INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe. On 29 January 2021 at the 36th session of the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, Juan Miguel Echevarria, Miltiadis Tentoglou and Eusebio Caceres will also be lining up at the start of the long jump alongside local hero Julian Howard.
The men's 60-meter hurdles event will be a fast one. Because with the Frenchman Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, his compatriot Dimitri Bascou and the Brit Andrew Pozzi, three world-class athletes have indicated that they will compete in the hurdle sprint at the 36th INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe, which this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, will take place without spectators at the Karlsruhe Europa Hall.
INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has been a symbol of world-class athletics for 35 years now – On 29 January 2021 it will be that time again! With the INDOOR MEETING, Karlsruhe once again presents world-class sport and top athletes as part of the international World Athletics Indoor Tour.
As a well-established location for athletics, Karlsruhe will continue to present world-class sport in 2021 with the INDOOR MEETING, when top athletes go to the starting line on 29 January 2021. Due to the coronavirus regulations, the INDOOR MEETING in Karlsruhe on Friday, 29 January 2021, will be held in front of empty stands in the Europahalle.