The History of the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 31. January 2020

It is a young athlete who has just turned 18 who captivates the approximately 5,000 visitors at the 36th edition of the INDOOR MEETING, namely Yaroslava Mahuchikh from Ukraine. She presents herself in top form and jumps over 2.02 metres in the women's pole vault, thereby leaping to a new U20 world record. Looking at the overall results of the World Athletics Indoor Tour, it becomes very clear that her success in Karlsruhe on this day is not a mere stroke of good luck. There, she wins the women's pole vault competition. Martin Wacker, Meeting Director and General Manager of the organising Karlsruhe Marketing and Event GmbH, is equally enthralled by the athletes' performances: ”Once again, we have witnessed a fantastic INDOOR MEETING in Karlsruhe. Top-class sports in Karlsruhe, with international appeal. The images from Karlsruhe were televised live for two hours in more than 100 countries. That is truly location marketing at its finest.” Furthermore the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe becomes part of the International Athletics “Hall of Fame”. With this award, the INDOOR MEETING has been honoured for its outstanding contributions to the worldwide development of athletics.

INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 3 February 2018

With a time of 3:57.45 minutes and a mere two seconds too many, Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba misses the mark of topping the world record she set up in the Karlsruhe Europahalle in 2014. However, her race is not the only Meeting highlight. No less spectacular is the final race by the Chinese Su Bingtian. He runs over the men's 60 metres in a rapid 6.47 seconds and sets a new Asian record. Precisely this Asian record by Su Bingtian is responsible for the distribution of moving images on the Chinese billion market skyrocketing. Numerous news programmes pursue his record run – knowing full well that a future superstar has made a phenomenal mark at the INDOOR MEETING in Karlsruhe. A similar phenomenon can be observed in the North African region: Genzebe Dibaba dominates on all channels. For more than 100 million Ethiopians, her race with the second-fastest time ever reached is omnipresent in the domestic media.

INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 6 February 2016

A great honour for the INDOOR MEETING. Along with the Meetings in Boston (USA), Stockholm (Sweden) and Glasgow (UK), the Karlsruhe Meeting becomes a founding member of the IAAF World Indoor Tour. Everything is prepared: a top arena, a superb athletics track, a completely sold-out venue with 4,600 visitors – the only thing missing is the athletes' top performances. And these are not long in coming. Most notably, pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie makes his mark at the INDOOR MEETING with a new Meeting record of 5.91 metres. No less impressive are the sprinting stars Dafne Schippers and Mike Rodgers, who triumph in the 60-metre race.

„INDOOR MEETING – World Class in Karlsruhe” on 1 February 2014

Many still vividly remember the 2014 Meeting until today. The Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba crowns it all with her world-record run in the women's 1500-metre race. The scoreboard in the Europahalle displays a time of 3:55.17 minutes. The arena erupts into cheers. At that moment, no one could have foreseen that this would be the last Meeting in the Karlsruhe Europahalle for a long time.

IHM on 12 February 2012

With a superb time of 7:29.94 minutes, both Augustine Kiprono Choge and Edwin Soi bolt across the finish line together and deliver the ultimate highlight. At first, the 4,500 spectators are perplexed. After a gripping race on the cult track, both athletes deliver the exact same time and therefore a dual world annual record. Until a photograph of the finish provides some clarity and shows Choge just a millimetre ahead. In the 1500-metre race, too, a world record for the year is delivered by the Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba. With a time of 4:00.13 minutes, she simultaneously beats the Meeting record set by Kutre Dulecha in 2004. The second Meeting record of the day is achieved by Mariem Alaoui Selsouli from Morocco, who runs the 3000 metres in 8:36.87 minutes.

BW-Bank-Meeting on 31 January 2010

Ariane Friedrich manages to repeat her triumph from the previous year. In front of a crowd of 4,400 elated spectators in the Europahalle, she overleaps 2.00 metres before quitting the competition because of back pain. An additional highlight is provided by Laverne Jones Ferrette from the Virgin Islands: With 7.09 seconds over 60 metres in her first race of the day, she improves upon her own, two-week-old national record by five hundredths of a second. Shortly thereafter, she reaches a time of 7.11 seconds in the final match and emerges as the clear winner.

BW-Bank-Meeting on 10 February 2008

A worthy farewell to founding father and Meeting Director Siegfried König in the form of a world record. Finishing the 60-metre hurdles in 7.68 seconds, Susanna Kallur breaks Ludmilla Engquist's long-standing record from 1990. The atmosphere in the Europahalle is incredible. König, stepping down after 24 years as Meeting Director, passes the baton on to his successor, Alain Blondel.

BW-Bank-Meeting on 29 January 2006

The Indoor Meeting launches in 2006 with a new name. Anna Rogowska from Poland achieves a new Meeting record in the pole vault competition with a height of 4.70 metres. Another superb performance on "Karlsruhe's 3000-metre cult track": The Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets the world annual record with 7:33.07 minutes.

LBBW-Meeting on 15 February 2004

According to the IAAF ranking, this Meeting is the world's best. A plethora of world-class performances provides a dazzling atmosphere among the spectators in the once again sold-out arena. Jason Gardener equalises his 60-metre European record (6.46 seconds). The multiple-time world champion, world record holder and Olympic champion Haile Gebreselassie is able to stand out with his 3000-metre triumph (7:29.34 minutes) – the sixth-fastest 3000 metres to be run indoors. Kutre Dulecha sets an African record in the 1500-metre race, while Blanca Vlasic wins the high jump with 1.99 metres.

LBBW-Meeting on 25 January 2002

For the first time in many years, the Meeting is not sold out. There are, however, a few triumphs in the middle-distance races. Juri Borzakowsky wins the 1000 metres with 2:18.78 minutes, while Alberto Garcia finishes the 3000 metres in 7:38.57 minutes. Colin Jackson also manages to rank in the winners list for the 60-metre hurdles, nine years after his first success at the Meeting. Tim Lobinger leaps over 5.70 metres. American sprinter Kelli White achieves a double victory with 7.14 seconds for the 60-metre race and 23.22 seconds for the 200-metre race.

IHM on 29 January 2000

While the sprinter Merlene Ottey was originally announced as a participant, she foregoes her run as a result of doping suspicions. Erica Johannson from Sweden surprises her competitors, among them Heike Drechsler, with a jumping distance of 6.79 metres on the long jump pit specifically designed for the arena. This Meeting, ranking as the most expensive so far, places second in the IAAF ranking.

IHM on 25 January 1998

This year, Haile Gebreselassie delivers upon his promise. In an outstanding 7:26.14 minutes, the Ethiopian runs the world record for the 3000 metres and transforms the packed Europahalle into a madhouse. In the women's pole vault competition, two pole vaulters shine by reaching European record heights: Anschela Balachonowa from Ukraine and Eszter Szemeredy from Hungary. Among the men, Michael Stolle equals Sergey Bubka's Meeting record of 5.80 metres. All in all, the athletics Meeting has reached the top of the world's ranks. In 1998, it ranks among the Top Five of the IAAF for the first time ever.

IHM on 11 February 1996

World-class performances make for an exciting atmosphere in the arena. Hurdler Allen Johnson equalises the world record for the year in the 60-metre hurdles. And this is not the only outstanding sprint time: Indoor world champion Bruny Surin runs the 60 metres in 6.50 seconds, Irina Priwalowa finishes the 60 metres in 7.04 seconds and Juliet Cuthbert runs the 200 metres in 22.71 seconds. Dieter Baumann fails to set a record this time, but wins his race with 7:46.29 minutes and wows the crowd nevertheless.

IHM on 1 March 1994

The best Meeting to date! One athletic highlight after the other. World sprint champion Linford Christie delivers one of these. Initially flown in during the previous night as a replacement for the injured Colin Jackson, he rests in the hotel until midday and then delivers the European record for the 60 metres with 6.48 seconds. Bruny Surin follows hot on Christie's heels with 6.50 seconds. Olympic champion Paul Ereng wins the 800-metre race in a spurt against the German world-class runner Nico Motchebon. Heike Drechsler jumps a world-class distance of 7.06 metres. Nicole Rieger and Sun Caiyun (from China) provide the crowd with pure excitement as they both jump over the world record height of 4.08 metres in the pole vault. However, the Chinese pole vaulter's accomplishment is withdrawn afterwards due to the consumption of prohibited substances.

IHM on 31 January 1992

With her 2.04-metre jump, Heike Henkel delivers the highlight of the day, as well as the German record. It should not be left unmentioned that Henkel jumped over 2.07 metres barely two weeks later at the German Championships in the Europahalle, setting a new world record that would not be surpassed until 2006. Women's pole vault has its premiere in this year. In the course of this, Nicole Rieger directly sets a world record with 3.80 metres.

IHM on 11 February 1990

The show goes on – and there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. The number of spectators is more than doubled compared to the previous year. One of the reasons for this: For the first time, athletes of the former GDR participate in the Europahalle. The event organisers go through many a sleepless night up until the Meeting takes place. Larry Myricks rejoices in his fourth long jump win (8.06 metres), just narrowly ahead of the European record holder, Robert Emmijan (8.05 metres). Florian Schwarthoff receives much applause for his German hurdles record (7.59 seconds).

HM on 7 February 1988

Meeting sold out for the first time! The reason for 5,000 spectators attending is the Canadian world sprint champion, Ben Johnson. However, due to an injury, he unfortunately is not able to run and thus limits his participation to signing autographs. Myricks improves by 25 centimetres compared to the previous year and reaches a total of 8.38 metres – which still remains the Meeting record today. Nellie Cooman from the Netherlands misses the 60-metre indoor world record by a miniscule 0.07 seconds.

IHM on 31 January 1986

World record! With his 300 metres, Erwin Skamrahl sets the first international exclamation mark for the International Indoor Athletics Meeting (IHM). In addition, German record times are set by Ulrike Denk for her 60-metre hurdles and by Jussi Udelhofen over 600 metres.

Photo Credits: Andreas Arndt, Hannecke, GES, ALGEFO