A round-up of the latest news from the world of athletics, including an update on Dafne Schippers’ indoor season plans and Imane Merga’s 5000m and 10,000m aims for Rio 2016
Schippers set for ISTAF Berlin
Reigning 200m world champion Dafne Schippers of Netherlands has confirmed her intention to perform at the indoor ISTAF Berlin meeting on February 13.
She joins Britain’s Asha Philip and Carina Horn from South Africa in the women’s 60m preliminary start lists.
Schippers won over 60m with 7.09 in the Mercedes-Benz Arena and then improved her PB to 7.05 when she won at the European Indoors in Prague.
Merga eyes double in Rio
Imane Merga of Ethiopia has big plans for the summer as he wants to qualify for the Rio Olympics at both the 5000m and 10,000m.
Speaking after his Campaccio win, the 2011 world cross-country champion and world 10,000m bronze medallist explained how he was absolutely satisfied and said to EME NEWS: “Today was a perfect day and I am really happy.
“The race went out as I liked and in the last lap I did exactly what I was dreaming the day before. It was so nice to win Campaccio, such an amazing race, very historic and I am very proud of my top position today in a sunny day.
“My season now will go through some other races still to be confirmed and then I will try to qualify for Olympics for 5km and 10km”.
Campaccio women’s race winner Alice Aprot aims for an Olympic berth in the 10,000m only.
Roleder for Karlsruhe
Reigning 100m hurdles world silver medallist Cindy Roleder has confirmed her participation at the first IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting of 2016 in Karlsruhe on February 6.
The 26-year-old German won in Karlsruhe last year with 8.03 and then improved her PB to 7.93 at the European Indoors in Prague when finishing fourth.
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