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Winners take home $20,000 in prize money / Six tour champions also competed in Karlsruhe
The PSD Bank Meeting Düsseldorf, which took place last night, concluded the fourth edition of the World Indoor Tour athletics series, organised by the international athletics federation IAAF. In addition to stations in Boston (USA), Torun (Poland), Madrid (Spain), and Birmingham (Great Britain), the tour also included a stop at Karlsruhe’s sold out athletics arena, where 5,000 visitors gathered for the INDOOR MEETING. Aside from $20,000 in prize money, the eleven winners in their respective disciplines earned a wild card for the 2020 indoor world championships in the Chinese metropolis of Nanjing.
World record performance of the year, a national record, and a Meeting record go to high-jumper Naoto Tobe / Sold out athletics arena
Spectators experienced astonishing performances last Saturday with three world record performances of the year, three national records, and a Meeting record in the completely sold out Karlsruhe athletics arena in Hall 3 of the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe. Visitors also got to see top-class German athletes. A total of seven DLV athletes mastered the standard set for the upcoming European Indoor Championships scheduled to take place in Glasgow this coming March. As part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe once again showed itself at its best this year.
Christoph Kessler representing LG Region Karlsruhe in the 1,500 metres
The triple jump is technically one of the most challenging athletics disciplines. Paraskevi Papachristou from Greece is someone who has mastered the “hop”, “step” and “jump” to perfection. The European champion has confirmed she will be competing at the INDOOR MEETING, and since Papachristou will be facing silver medallist Kristin Gierisch, the audience can look forward to a rematch of last year’s event in Berlin. In August last year, Papachristou won gold at the European Championships in Berlin with a 14.60-metre jump that marked her biggest international success to date. She also came third at the 2017 European Indoor Championships, the 2016 World Indoor Championships and the 2016 European Outdoor Championships in Amsterdam.
With Mujinga Kambundji, her famous rival on the sprint track
When Dafne Schippers made her debut at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe almost six years ago, the then 20-year-old Dutchwoman came fifth in the 60-metre race. Even then, she was considered to be Europe’s great hope when it came to sprint competitions. In the meantime, Schippers has turned 26 and is not only one of the best sprinters in Europe, but also one of the world's best sprinters in the 100 and 200 metres. Even sprinters from the USA and the Caribbean, regarded as unbeatable in the past, were left trailing behind Schippers at world championships. In 2015, she won gold in the World Championships in Beijing in the 200 metres, setting a new European record of 21.63 seconds. Two years later, she triumphed again in London in the 200 metres. She also won four gold medals at European championships. In 2014, she became double European Champion in Zurich in both sprint races, and in 2016 she secured the 100 metres title in Amsterdam, also winning gold in the 4×100 metre relay with her Dutch teammates.
Local star Julian Howard wants to regain his former strength
The long jump event at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe can now boast another attraction. Following Fabian Heinle, silver medalist at the European outdoor championships in Berlin, last year’s winner Juan Miguel Echevarria and local star Julian Howard, who came in second after the Cuban last year, have now also announced their participation. Last season, Echevarria was the measure of all things when it came to the long jump. In June, he jumped a distance of 8.83 meters at the Diamond League Meeting in Stockholm. Not a single long jumper in the world had reached this distance in more than 20 years, although it won’t appear on the leader board due to the strong wind blowing at 2.1 meters/second. Nonetheless, Echevarria highlighted his great potential with this jump and went on to confirm it at other competitions under regular conditions.
Not only die-hard athletics fans still have the drama surrounding Gesa Felicitas Krause ingrained in their memory: When the medal contender took to the starting blocks at the 2017 World Championships in London, she became entangled with a stumbling competitor, through no fault of her own, during the final race of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Despite the pain and dizziness, she struggled to her feet, finished in ninth place, and was showered with praise for this achievement. Gesa Krause’s 2018 European Championship triumph in Berlin was also a memorable occasion, when she outran her strong Swiss competitor Fabienne Schlumpf after the last water jump with an explosive finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final and went on to praise the “breath-taking atmosphere” in the stadium. This was Krause’s second European Championship title following her 2016 steeplechase triumph in Amsterdam.
Numerous medalists get ready to compete
When Olympic champions, world champions and many other medal winners gather at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on February 2nd 2019, it will be in front of a new record crowd. The complete pre-sale quota of tickets is now sold out. “The INDOOR MEETING has never sold out before Christmas in its 35-year history, it's phenomenal,” says a delighted Martin Wacker, managing director of the organizing Karlsruhe Marketing and Event Ltd. “As the station of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, the meeting has reached its highest ever international level, and that is greatly prized by athletics fans. It was absolutely the right thing to increase the audience capacity to 5000,” adds sports director Alain Blondel.
The tension at the women's pole vault competition will be as high as the bar / Only a few more tickets available
In pole vaulting, Ekaterini Stefanidi counts as the measure of all things. The Greek athlete currently holds the title of Olympic Champion, World Champion and European Champion both for the outdoor and indoor events. She could hardly have achieved more – the exception being the Indoor World Championships where she was “only” able to take home the bronze. The 28-year-old has a shiny collection of a total of five gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the Olympic Games and international championships.
Big duel with Gianmarco Tamberi / Przybylko betting on IAAF World Indoor Tour / Experience it in real time with the SWR live stream
It was one of the most breath-taking competitions at the European Championships in Berlin: the men's high jump, in which Mateusz Przybylko won the gold medal in a perfect competition. The Olympic stadium was alive as Przybylko, at his lean 1.95 metres, rose to new heights, only to literally explode as he earnt himself the title of European champion. He has already secured two open air and four indoor German championship titles after starting his super year 2018 at the indoor World Championships in Birmingham with a bronze medal. Now, Przybylko also wants to secure an IAAF World Indoor Tour victory. 20,000 dollars in prize money and the wildcard for the indoor World Championships 2020 in Nanjing, China, are attractive and so Przybylko is not only competing at the INDOOR MEETING, but he also has the CopernicusCup in Torun, Poland, on 6th February and the tour final in Düsseldorf on 20th February firmly in his sights.
Kristin Gierisch and Fabian Heinle promise great jumps
Light athletics fans certainly love remembering the European Championship this summer in Berlin. The German athletes also thrilled the spectators at this highest level of sport. The INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe will continue to be this thrilling. It’s celebrating its 35th Meeting this year, making it the indoor meeting with the longest tradition in Europe. Sports Director Alain Blondel is giving it a new shine, aligning the sports disciplines to the German athletes’ success at the continental title matches: “Of course we make sure that we can present medal winners at the INDOOR MEETING. Among other things, we’ve got the Women’s Triple Jump, Men’s Long Jump, but also the Men’s High Jump in the programme.
More than half of the blocks are completely sold out / Only few tickets left in Category One
Tickets for the 35th edition of the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe became available a month ago – and are selling like hot cakes. Seven of the twelve blocks are sold out, and free seats in the remaining blocks are dwindling quickly. “Following the European Championships in Berlin, where German athletes delivered outstanding performances, we are seeing a growing excitement about athletics. Category One tickets are nearly sold out. This is fantastic,” Martin Wacker, CEO of the organizing company Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, is happy to report. “We are also benefiting from the fact that we are part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour. This guarantees that top athletes will make their way to Karlsruhe and that world-class athletics will be on display,” Wacker adds.
The number of seats at the Karlsruhe athletics arena was raised to 4,996 to meet the higher demand for tickets that became evident over the last years as seats sold out early. Now, a total of about 1,000 tickets are still available – three months before the Meeting. If fans are aiming to put tickets for the athletics spectacle under the Christmas tree as gifts, they should act quickly.
Karlsruhe is the second stop of the World Indoor Tour / Advance ticket sales start next Friday / Audience capacity increased
The 35th INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe is only 116 days away. In 2019, Karlsruhe can once again look forward to world-class athletics – as part of the international indoor athletics series IAAF World Indoor Tour. Just like last year, in addition to Karlsruhe, the Meetings in Boston, USA (January 26), Torun, Poland (February 6), Madrid, Spain (February 8), Birmingham, Great Britain (February 16), and Düsseldorf (February 20) will form part of the 2019 World Indoor Tour. At the six Meetings, the stars of the athletics scene will battle for points in their discipline. Due to the high level of interest in the past years, the organizers, Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, have increased the number of available tickets from 4,500 to 5,000. Last year, the Meeting was sold out weeks in advance.