INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe: World-class meeting, even in difficult times

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.

Dina Asher-Smith is also in top form

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.

U20 world record holder Wilhelm Belocian won the 60 metres hurdles

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.

Long jumper Juan Miguel Echevarria jumped 8.18 metres

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.

Fotos: Andreas Arndt

Meeting News

World-class trio in the hurdles sprint at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2021

With Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, Dimitri Bascou and Andrew Pozzi, three medal winners at the start in Karlsruhe.   mehr ...

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.
One athlete who is very familiar with INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe is Pascal Martinot-Lagarde. Martinot-Lagarde, who was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in France and whose personal best in the hall was 7.45 seconds, competed in the event as early as 2012 and 2013 – at that time in the Europa Hall – and in 2017 in the exhibition pavilion. Andrew Pozzi has competed only once at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe – but that one time was extremely successful. Because the 28-year-old Brit, whose indoor best performance of 7.43 seconds is still below that of Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, won the day at his first appearance in Karlsruhe. In the last men’s 60 meters in Karlsruhe he secured victory in a brilliant 7.44 seconds ahead of the Spaniard Orlando Ortega. The third member of the group is Dimitri Bascou, who won the hurdles sprint in 2015, the first event at the time in the exhibition pavilion. The 33-year-old Frenchman achieved an unbelievable 7.41 seconds, his personal best, in the hall. He first clocked that time at a meeting in Berlin in 2016, and it was the national record at the time.


World-class performances guaranteed at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

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.   mehr ...

The announcement of the disciplines by the World Association World Athletics has also established the disciplines for the 36th. INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe. Points for the overall victory in the World Athletics Indoor Tour will be at stake in 7 of the 12 disciplines in which the athletes will compete on 29 January.

Tour: 60 metres hurdles, 400 metres, Long Jump
Out of tour: 800 metres, 3.000 metres, Pole Vault

Tour: 60 metres, 3.000 metres, Shot Put, Trile Jump
Out of tour: 60 metres hurdles, 1.500 metres


INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2021 a competition for fans worldwide

As a well-established location for athletics, Karlsruhe will continue to present world-class sport in 2021 with the INDOOR MEETING.   mehr ...

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. In the next few weeks, we will make every effort with the planning to make the INDOOR MEETING as attractive as possible at the best broadcasting time, to get both national and regional athletics fans in front of their televisions at home.
With spectators again next year, there will be a completely new athletics format in Karlsruhe, as planning is already under way at Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH for a new open-air event on the Karlsruhe market square at the end of August. The plan is to bring athletics in the form of a pole vaulting and long jump event into the Karlsruhe City for its citizens and visitors – into the heart of the city, so to speak. More informations will follow…


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