This is the compilation for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26 by EME News on the indoor championships around the globe.
Adelle Tracy, after her win at the British 1,500m, photo by Getty Images / British Athletics
Dongmo 19.90 WL, Kambundji 7.05, Crestan 1:46.11 NR
NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (Feb 26)
BIRMINGHAM (GBR): On the first day of the British Indoor Championships, Marc Scott won the 3000m in 7:53.35 with a last kilometre of 2:24.15 ahead of Jamaine Coleman (7:53.92) and James West (7:53.95). Adam Thomas won the men’s 60m title in a 6.56 PB ahead of Andrew Robertson (6.58) and European U23 champion Jeremiah Azu (6.61) who clocked 6.56 in his semifinal while Cheyenne Evans Grey was a surprise winner of the women’s 60m title in 7.25. Olympic 800m silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson dropped down to the 400m and set a lifetime best of 52.45 to win her semifinal although Jessie Knight was the fastest qualifier in 52.07. Alex Haydock-Wilson was the fastest qualifier for the men’s 400m final in 46.57 and Jemma Reekie begins as the big favourite for the 800m title after Isabelle Boffey fell in her heat.
LEIPZIG (GER): Tatjana Pinto won the 60m title at the German Indoor Championships in 7.16 from Gina Luckenkemper (7.20) and Sophia Junk (7.22) and Lucas Ansah-Peprah won the men’s title in a lifetime best of 6.58 from Kevin Kranz in 6.60. Sara Gambetta won a competitive women’s shot put with an outright lifetime best of 19.05m from Katharina Maisch (18.54m) and former European and world champion Christina Schwanitz (18.49m) who announced her retirement after the competition. In the sprint hurdles finals, Cindy Roleder continued her comeback with a close victory in 8.13 ahead of Monika Zapalska who was given the same time while Gregor Traber won the men’s 60m hurdles title in 7.65. Hanna Klein dominated the women’s 3000m in 8:51.18 and Corinna Schwab was the fastest in the 400m heats in 52.25.
APELDOORN (NED): World leader Jessica Schilder won the shot put title at the Dutch Indoor Championships with 19.35m. Joris Van Gool and N’Ketia Seedo won the 60m titles in 6.61 and 7.25 respectively while Femke Bol eased through her 400m heat in 51.85. There was exceptional depth in the men’s 400m heats with Liemarvin Bonevacia (46.18) and Isayah Boers (46.26) the two fastest qualifiers.
ANCONA (ITA): At the Italian Indoor Championships, Sveva Gerevini improved her national record in the pentathlon with a score of 4451 points. Daria Derkach was also impressed with 14.26m in the triple jump. Veteran sprint hurdler Paolo Dal Molin won the men’s 60m hurdles title in 7.62 and Elisa Di Lazzaro edged out Luminosa Bogliolo in the women’s 60m hurdles with both timed at 8.18. Nesim Amsellek won the 1500m title in 3:39.87.
OURENSE (ESP): Maria Perez improved her Spanish 60m record to 7.17 in the 60m semifinal at the Spanish Indoor Championships before winning the final in another national record of 7.16. Bernat Canet won the men’s title in a lifetime best of 6.61. Competing as a guest, Estonia’s Maicel Uibo won the heptathlon with 6005 points (he achieved 5.35m in the pole vault) ahead of three-time European indoor medallist Jorge Urena with 5955 points. Eusebio Caceres won the long jump with 7.97m, Manuel Guijarro clocked a fast 46.02 in the 400m semifinals and Mariano Garcia was the fastest qualifier in the 800m heats in 1:47.92. After qualifying for the 1500m final earlier in the day, Adel Mechaal won the 3000m final in 8:03.73.
MIRAMAS (FRA): Margot Chevrier cleared 465 PB in women pole vault to win the French title. Second Chinese guest Xu Huiqin 460. Ivory Coast guest Arthur Cisse won the 60 m in 6.62 ahead of Jimmy Vicaut 6.65 and 17 years old talent Jeff Erius 6.70. Laeticia Bapte won hurdles 8.04 and Mallory Leconte the 60 m in 7.34 PB. Tom Campagne topped long jump 793, Frederic Dagee 19.77 shot put and Bastien Augusto 7:59.96 in the 3000 m.
PIREAS (GRE): On the first day of the Greek Championships Emmanouíl Karalís cleared 5.73 in pole vault before missing three times at what would be NR 5.86 with good attempts. Rafailía Spanoudaki-Hatziríga equaled her PB in the 60m with 7.23 (after 7.32 in heat), men’s winner was Konstantínos Zíkos 6.69. Impressive PB for 17 years old Serbian Angelina Topic 1.91 and tied 6th best ever U18 indoors. She beat Marija Vukovic 1.87, both competed as guests, national champion was Elefthería Hristoyeorgou 1.87 absolute PB. Aléxandros Papamihaíl took the 5000m walk with 19:44.18. In triple jump 16th title for Dimítrios Tsiámis 16.27.
POMBAL (POR): Auriol Dongmo highlighted the first day of 36th Portugal Indoors with a World-leading national record of 19.90. Marta Pen won the 1500 m in 4:09.23, in tactical men race Isaac Nader 3:52.06. Evelise Veiga achieved 648 in the long jump, Lorene Bazolo topped the 60 m in 7.31.
VAXJO (SWE): Henrik Larsson won the 60 m at Swedish nationals with 6.60 and equaled his PB. Claudia Payton was the best in the women’s race 7.30. Khaddi Sagnia leaped to 669 and Fanny Roos got 18.95 season-best in shot put. Olympic discus winner Daniel Stahl topped men shot 19.93, Andreas Kramer 1:48.55 the 800 m. Kasper Kadestal went 47.11 PB in the 400 m. Fast 200 m PB´s in prelims, 20.86 by Zion Eriksson and 20.92 by 400 m hurdler Carl Bengtstrom. The son of the Olympic winner got his first senior title, Melwin Lycke Holm won the high jump with 216 PB.
MOSCOW (RUS): Polina Miller confirmed the top shape in the 400 m during the second day of Russian Indoors with a 50.82 win. Second Yekaterina Renzhina 51.35. In men´s final a PB for Saveliy Savlukov 46.05. Timur Morgunov won pole vault 575, Ilya Ivanyuk 228 in the high jump. Yelena Sokolova was the best in long jump 661 and Artyom Chermoshanskiy beat on count-back former World champion Aleksandr Menkov in men´s long jump both 791 (but 790 to 788 in second best). Konstantin Kholmogorov won the 800 m in 1:47.55 and Maksim Afonin shot 20.43.