Athletics news from around the world, including details of entries for Perche Elite Tour and New Balance Indoor Grand Prix events

Muir vs Obiri

Olympic 5000m silver medallist Hellen Obiri will go head-to-head with in-form British 1500m record-holder Laura Muir over 3000m at the Indoor Meeting in Karlsruhe on February 4, informs organisers.

Both runners could challenge the meeting record of 8:35.28 set by Meseret Defar in 2013, while Muir could have an eye on the British indoor record of 8:31.50.

Home favourite Konstanze Klosterhalfen will compete in the 1500m where she will face last year’s winner Axumawit Embaye from Ethiopia.

Braz vs Lavillenie

Olympic pole vault champion Thiago Braz will take on world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie at the Perche Elite Tour in Rouen on Saturday. Braz has been at a training camp in Spala, Poland, since early January. Lavillenie was recently injured and withdrew from early meetings.

The line-up also includes reigning world champion Shawn Barber, former world indoor champion Konstadinos Filippidis, world medallist Piotr Lisek, former world junior champion Axel Chapelle and Olympic decathlon silver medallist Kevin Mayer.

Olympic silver medallist Sandi Morris is the outstanding favourite in the women’s contest ahead of European silver medallist Lisa Ryzih and world junior record-holder Wilma Murto.

Adams not planning for summer

Valerie Adams’ coach of six years, Jean-Pierre Egger, has retired, informs stuff.co.nz. Adams’ new team includes Athletics New Zealand’s high performance manager Scott Goodman, who advised her at the Olympic Games when Egger could not make the trip due to a fall.

Adams is planning a quiet 2017 season and does not intend to compete at the World Championships in London, although Goodman believes Adams will return to international competition in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next year and could extend her career through until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

However, Adams will compete domestically at the New Zealand Championships in Hamilton on March 17 this year.

As NZ media are informing, she is eager to start a family with her new husband. “It’s a matter of getting through the next few months and, like I said, her priority – she would like to start a family so we’re just waiting to see and we’ve got time,” Goodman said.

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

IAAF world indoor champions Sifan Hassan and Hellen Obiri and world indoor medallists Dawit Seyaum and Shannon Rowbury are set for what is likely to be the most hotly-contested 3000m in the 22-year history of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, organisers have announced.

Also at the meet on Saturday (IAAF World Indoor Tour opener) will be hurdler Sydney McLaughlin, who will run the 400m leg for the USA All-Star Distance Medley Relay team that includes the previously announced 2016 Olympic bronze medallists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, as well as 2013 IAAF World Championships bronze medallist Brenda Martinez.

Also joining the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix line up is 17-year-old high school star Sammy Watson, who will compete at 800m against, among others, 2015 World Champion Marina Arzamasova of Belarus.

Czech Indoor Gala

The Czech Indoor Gala in Ostrava (EA Indoor Permit) will offer a duel between hurdles specialists in the flat 400m. World champion Zuzana Hejnova will face on February 14 the European champion Sara Petersen and Jamaican star Kaliese Spencer.

Top Czech shot putters Ladislav Prasil and Tomas Stanek, who will open their season this Saturday in Jablonec, will take on two-time world champion David Storl from Germany and Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki.

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