A round-up of some of the latest results and athletics news from around the world
Aregawi added for Globen Galan
Abeba Aregawi will go head-to-head with the already confirmed Genzebe Dibaba at the Globen Galan meet in Stockholm on February 17 when they both look set to challenge Doina Melinte’s 26-year-old world indoor mile record of 4:17.14.
Dibaba will be looking to set her third world indoor record at this meet after running 14:18.86 for 5000m last year and 8:16.60 for 3000m in 2014.
Meanwhile, Aregawi will be keen to secure her fourth win at this meet after winning the 1500m on this track in 2011, 2013 and 2014. Dibaba has never contested the mile on the track but Aregawi has run 4:23.07 for the distance.
Top battles set for Dusseldorf
One of the highlights of the 11th PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf on Wednesday (an EA Indoor Permit meeting) will be the head-to-head between reigning world champion Shawn Barber and 2013 world champion Raphael Holzdeppe in the pole vault.
Barber leads the world rankings with a 6.00m clearance but Holzdeppe beat the Canadian when they met in Rouen on January 23 when the German cleared an indoor PB of 5.84m. The field also includes reigning world indoor champion Konstadinos Filippidis from Greece.
Fresh from equalling the German indoor 60m record of 6.53 this weekend, Julian Reus takes on top sprinters such as Kim Collins and Mike Rodgers, while recently-crowned European junior indoor record-holder at 7.13 Ewa Svoboda from Poland highlights the women’s 60m which also features Desiree Henry.
The programme also includes two good 60m hurdles line-ups: Orlando Ortega, Garfield Darien, Dimitri Bascou, William Sharman, Lawrence Clarke and Andrew Pozzi are among the leading names in the men’s event, while world medallists Cindy Roleder and Alina Talay face world indoor champion Nia Ali in the women’s event which also includes Britain’s Lucy Hatton and Serita Solomon.
Other good contests include Adam Kszczot vs Pierre-Ambroise Bosse vs Alfred Kipketer in the 800m, Silas Kiplagat vs Elijah Manangoi vs Jakub Holusa in the 1500m, Caleb Ndiku vs Edwin Soi vs Isaiah Koech vs Yenew Alamirew plus Lee Emanuel in the 3000m and world silver medallist Shara Proctor vs world bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic in the long jump.
In the women’s 800m, European indoor champion Selina Buchel takes on Poland’s European medallist Joanna Jozwik. Home triple jumper Kristin Gierisch could be one of the German winners of the evening.
Donald Thomas at Banska Bystrica
Bahamian 2007 world champion Donald Thomas has had a good period of training ahead of his competition season which will start on Thursday in Slovakia at the 22nd edition of the Banska Bystrica indoor high jump meeting with music.
“I had very good training in Cuba and Panama. I hope to transform it into my competition,” he said after arriving in Europe. His goals for 2016 are clear. “I want to get out all from me and be healthy, then I can attack podium in Portland and Rio,” he said.
Pavel Maslak 45.33
World and European indoor champion at 400m, Pavel Maslak, competed during his training camp in Potchefstroom in an open meet and clocked 45.33.
His training partner and reigning world champion at the 400m hurdles, Zuzana Hejnova, achieved 52.89 in the flat race.
Theo Etienne 6.60
At an indoor meet in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Bahamian Warren Fraser clocked 6.60 to finish just ahead of Britain’s Theo Etienne who clocked another big PB with 6.60. That time sees the 19-year-old become the fourth-fastest ever British teenager over 60m.
In the women’s event, Jamaican Simone Facey posted 7.18 (and 7.17 in heats) and Ukrainian Olesya Povkh 7.24 (and 7.23 in heats).
Ukrainian Hanna Plotitsyna clocked 8.11 in the 60m hurdles. Poland’s Karol Zalewski ran 32.99 and Ukrainian Yelyzaveta Bryzhina 37.75 for 300m.
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