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This is a compilation by EME News on national indoor championships...


DORTMUND (GER): On the first day of the German Indoor Championships, Kevin Kranz equalled the national indoor record with 6.52 (6.55 in heat) to win the 60m final ahead of Julian Wagner (6.59) and Michael Pohl (6.60) who also set lifetime bests. In the women's 60m, Amelie-Sophie Lederer improved her PB from 7.26 to 7.20 in the heat and then to 7.12 in the final to win an excellent quality race from Jennifer Montag and Yasmin Kwadwo who were second and third in lifetime bests of 7.19 each with Rebekka Haase fourth in 7.20. All eight finalists ran 7.30 or faster. David Storl won the shot put with a season's best of 20.83 (his 9th national title) ahead of Christian Zimmermann (20.09m) and Christina Schwanitz won the women's title with 18.87m ahead of former heptathlete Sara Gambetta (18.06m). Former European champion Max Hess won the triple jump title with a season's best of 17.00m and Neele Eckhardt won the women's triple jump title with 13.85m. For Erik Balnuweit 8th national 60 m hurdles title in 7.70. Ricarda Lobe was the best in women hurdles 8.19 (8.14 in heats) and Lisa Ryzih won pole vault with one valid attempt at 441 (she missed then 461).

ANCONA (ITA): Reigning European U20 champion Larissa Iapichino, 18, produced a phenomenal fifth round jump of 6.91m at the Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona to break Heike Drechsler's long-standing world indoor U20 record of 6.88m and equal the national senior record held by her mother Fiona May. Iapichino's mark is also a world indoor lead and a qualifying mark for the Tokyo Olympics. In other field events, Alessia Trost cleared 1.92m in the high jump and Antonino Trio won the men's long jump with 7.94m. Pietro Arese won the men's 1500m title in 3:40.54 ahead of Junior Bussotti Neves 3:41.04 with third David Nikolli getting Albanian indoor record 3:42.16. Gaia Sabbatini won the women's 1500m title in 4:13.70 from Federica Del Buono in 4:16.32. Only 19 years old Franck Brice Koua hugely improved to 7.78 to win the 60 m hurdles, women winner Elisa Maria Di Lazzaro 8.16. In walks, Federico Tontodonati 19:33.71 and Valentina Trapletti 12:43.04.

TORUN (POL): Polish 65th indoor championships on the side of European Indoors had on the first day fast 60 m finals. Ewa Swoboda comes into shape with 7.10 win over Klaudia Adamek 7.34 PB. In men´s final Remigiusz Olszewski 6.59 over Przemyslaw Slowikowski 6.65, PB´s for both. In women hurdles top life-time bests for Karolina Koleczek 7.96 and Pia Skrzyszowska 7.98. Klaudia Kardasz won shot 18.57 and Paulina Ligarska pentathlon 4353 points. In the 1500 m Marcin Lewandowski just beat Michal Rozmys, 3:40.14 to 3:40.26. Adrian Swiderski won triple 16.62. Fastest in 400 m heats with personal bests, Natalia Kaczmarek 52.82 and Kajetan Duszynski 46.85.

MIRAMAS (FRA): Laeticia Bapte set a huge lifetime best of 7.93 to win the 60m hurdles title at the French Indoor Championships ahead of Cyrena Samba-Mayela (7.94) and Fanny Quenot (8.07). There was also an upset in the men's 800m with Benjamin Robert defeating former world champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse, 1:46.06 to 1:46.16. Cynthia Leduc won the women's 60m title in 7.24 and Thomas Jordier and Amandine Brossier won the 400m titles in 46.13 and 52.74 respectively. World indoor record-holder Hugues-Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso won the triple jump title with 17.17m ahead of Melvin Raffin with 17.09m. Hilary Kpatcha won the long jump 654. In the final of men´s 60 m Iran guest Hassan Taftian won in 6.62 over Mouhamadou Fall and Amaury Golitin, both 6.64.

APELDOORN (NED): On the first day of the Dutch Indoor Championships, Joris van Gool won the men's 60m title in 6.62 and Naomi Sedney edged out Jamile Samuel in the women's 60m final with both timed at 7.28. Femke Bol was the fastest in the women's 400m heats in 51.97 while Liemarvin Bonevacia (46.39) and Ramsey Angela (46.48) were the fastest across the men's 400m heats. In field events, Jessica Schilder won the shot put with 18.19m ahead of Melissa Boekelman with 17.00m, heptathlete Anouk Vetter set a lifetime best of 6.42m to win the long jump and Menno Vloon cleared 5.72m in the pole vault. Bram Anderiessen won the 1500 m in 3:41.20.

MAGGLINGEN (SUI): Silvan Wicki won the Swiss indoor 60m title in a national indoor record of 6.59 while Ajla Del Ponte continued her excellent start to the season with victory in the women's 60m in 7.15 ahead of Salome Kora in 7.25. Lea Sprunger was seventh in 7.51 (7.50 in heats). Angelica Moser cleared 4.62m in the pole vault and Chiara Scherrer also set a national indoor record of 9:10.33 in the 3000m. Lithuania's Agne Serksniene clocked 52.85 in the 400m heats.

MADRID (ESP): Reigning European indoor champion Ana Peleteiro won the triple jump title on the second day of the Spanish Indoor Championships with 14.21m. Carlos Tobalina won the men's shot put title with 19.67m and Maria Belen Toimil won the women's title with 17.81m. Daniel Rodriguez won the 60m title in 6.67 and Samuel Garcia was the fastest in the 400m semifinals in 46.52. Isidro Leyva cleared 555 PB in pole vault. Xenia Benach (20) won hurdles in 8.20 (but 8.10 PB in heats). In the 200 m Nerea Bermejo 23.54 PB with Olivia Fotopoulou 23.63 in semifinals, national record for Cyprus.

JYVASKYLA (FIN): Lotta Kemppinen highlighted first day of Finnish Indoors with 60 m national record 7.16. Another national record in women 1500 m 4:11.42 by Sara Kuivisto. Personal bests equalled by top two in men´s 60 m: Samuli Samuelsson 6.66 and Samuel Purola 6.67. More life-time bests for winners of long jump (Senni Salminen 645), pentathlon (Hertta Heikkinen 4248) and 3000 m walk (Aniina Kivimaki 12:57.35).

RANDERS (DEN): In the sprints part of Danish championships new national indoor record 6.61 for 60 m winner Kojo Musah. Women winner Astrid Glenner-Frandsen clocked 7.35.

ODENSE (DEN): The 3000 m nationals were held in Randers. Jakob Dybdal Abrahamsen won men in 8:02.96 and Alberte Kjær Pedersen women in 9:07.28 PB over 15 years old Sofia Thogersen 9:28.55 national record for her age category.

KLAIPEDA (LTU): Experienced national record holder Brigita Virbalyte Dimsiene clocked 12:14.95 in 3000 m walk, a World lead at opening day of Lithuanian Indoor championships. Also to note high jump wins for Juozas Baikstys 224 PB and former European indoor champion Airine Palsyte 182.

OSTRAVA (CZE): In expected 60 m final during opening day of Czech Indoors, Jan Veleba with 6.66 beat Zdenek Stromsik 6.69. Marketa Cervenkova won women shot with indoor PB 17.92. In the women 60 m the title for Marcela Pirkova 7.34 PB. Helena Jiranova in 8.22 beat Marketa Stolova in women hurdles 8.30 (she clocked 8.17 in heats). Two old timers won their events, Petr Svoboda hurdles 7.90 (7.85 heats) and Jan Kudlicka pole vault 543.

BRATISLAVA (SVK): Reigning European indoor champion Jan Volko after 6.67 in heats won the final at Slovak Nationals first day in season best and fastest ever in Elan Hall 6.61. It was his fifth national indoor 60 m title. Fast women 60 m as Monika Weigertova already in heats improved to 7.38, also Torun standard. In the final she improved to 7.32, second best Slovak all-time in the event.

LOUVAIN-LA-NEUVE (BEL): Belgian Indoors were only one day event. Solid shape was shown by favorites. Renee Eykens won the 800 m in 2:02.24 over Elise Vanderelst 2:02.50. On the men side Eliott Crestan 1:46.83. Anne Zagre in 8.09 beat Eline Berings 8.12 in women hurdles. Merel Maes was the sensation with 16 years of age, she improved to 191 in high jump. Fanny Smets cleared Belgian pole vault record 453. Also to note Imke Vervaert in the 200 m with 23.52. Thomas Carmoy confirmed good shape with 225 win in high jump. John Heymans 7:51.71 in the 3000 m ahead of Michael Somers 7:52.67. In sprints Robin Vanderbemden 21.00 in the 200 m and Alexander Doom 47.00 in the 400 m.

LINZ (AUT): Austriann 60 m champions were Markus Fuchs 6.69 and Magdalena Lindner 7.37. In the hurdles Beate Schrott 8.17 over Karin Strametz 8.18 and combined eventer Ivona Dadic 8.53 (she also won shot 14.54). Susanne Walli dominated the 400 m in 53.56.

MALMO (SWE): Second day of Swedish Indoors had Khaddi Sagnia winning the long jump with 664. Michaela Meijer cleared 447 in the pole vault and Lovisa Lindh won the 800 m in 2:03.77. Claudia Payton won the 60 m with PB´s 7.30 in heats and finals. Men 60 m winner Odain Rose had 6.73 over Henrik Larsson 6.74 (but 6.71 in semifinals). Jesper Hellstrom won the triple with 16.69 PB.

BUDAPEST (HUN): Bence Boros sensationally improved to 6.62 in the 60 m to win the national title over Dominik Illovszky who improved national U20 record to 6.72. Istvan Szogi won the 1500 m in 3:41.60, on the women side Viktoria Wagner-Gyurkes 4:14.88. Daniel Jankovics improved in high jump to 224 and Diana Lesti topped home rivals in long jump with 645.

TALLINN (EST): 60 m winners achieved the best results of first day of Estonian indoors. Karl Erik Nazarov 6.68 and Karoli Kaart (20) 7.44 PB.

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