That was the 2019 Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe

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.

Naoto Tobe with World indoor lead, national record  und Meeting record

Naoto Tobe, an athlete from Japan, was the person who sealed the deal and impressed everyone at the Meeting. Leaping over 2.35 metres in the high-jump not only earned the talented athlete the best performance and the national record, but he also set a new Meeting record that had not been broken since 1994. Wu Yung from China took second place (2.31 metres), which meant that another Asian athlete cracked the 2.30 metre mark. The 60-metre women’s sprint was so fast that it was over in mere seconds. In the forerun, Polish athlete Ewa Swoboda made a time of 7.08 seconds, a world record performance of the year. Even though she couldn’t beat this outstanding result in the final, her time of 7.10 seconds was enough to lead her to victory ahead of Europe's sprint queen Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands (7.19 seconds). In the women’s hurdles, the title went to Nadine Visserfrom the Netherlands, who significantly surpassed her own time from the forerun to beat Cindy Roleder (7.98 seconds) by a hair with her impressive time of 7.97 seconds.

First time: three winners stood on the podium together

The women's pole vault proved that there is a first time for everything; never before have three winners stood on the podium together at the INDOOR MEETING. The three athletes, Alysha Newman from Canada, Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA), and Olympic Champion, World Champion, and European Champion Katerina Stefanidi from Greece, shared the title with an impressive 4.71-metre jump. “I am happy to have won here and, of course, to share my victory with the other two winners. The atmosphere here in Karlsruhe is really fantastic,” Olympic Champion Katerina Stefanidi said enthusiastically after the competition. For the first time in INDOOR MEETING history, eight women jumped over 4.63 metres. One of these women was Lisa Ryzih, who returned to the competition after a long period of injury and made a strong comeback by jumping the European Championship standard height straight away at her first competition of 2019. The long jump gold didn’t go to the expected winner, namely Juan Miguel Echevarria; with a distance of 8.08 metres, Cuba's super talent and 2018 World Indoor Champion gave a first-class performance, but surprisingly, it was the Swede Thobias Nilsson Montler who took home the long-jump title. He also achieved a distance of 8.08 metres, he secured his victory with his sound second attempt (8.04 metres). In the women’s triple jump, Ana Peleteiro, the bronze medallist of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, took the victory at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe. With a distance of 14.51 metres, she secured her win ahead of the reigning World and Indoor World Champion Yulimar Rojas from Venezuela.

The medium and long-distance races at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe were also close and hard-fought. Three-time World Indoor and European Champion Pavel Maslák from the Czech Republic earned the overall victory with a time of 46.78 seconds, while the Swede Andreas Kramer achieved his personal best time for the 800 metres with a time of 1:46.52 minutes and took the title. The men’s 1,500 metres turned out to be a purely Kenyan affair. With 3:38.23 minutes, Vincent Kibet had a lead of 0.46 seconds in the final sprint ahead of compatriot Bethwell Birgen. The last race of the evening proved to be an absolutely thrilling competition and kept spectators on the edge of their seats.

3.000 meters proved to be an absolutely thrilling competition

Cheered on by Mexican waves, the women began the 15 stadium laps, totalling 3,000 metres. German runner Alina Reh took the lead early on, but at the very end British Melissa Courtney crossed the line first in a world record performance of the year of 8:43.36 minutes. Alina Reh didn’t let that get her down and still had a successful race: “The last lap just isn’t my thing, I'm a long-distance runner at heart. It was such a pleasure to compete here in Karlsruhe, the vibe was great and, as Germans from the region, we maybe got a little more applause,” said Reh after the race.

Martin Wacker, Managing Director of Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, was very positive about the 35th INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe: “It was fantastic to see how people got involved in the competition again. The INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe has an incredible status and has proved itself again this year as a national athletics attraction.” Sports Director Alain Blondel completely agreed: “We experienced an absolute athletics extravaganza yet again. The athletes performed at a peak level and the audience was great. The INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe is one of the most international sporting events in Baden-Württemberg, and we are extremely proud of that.”

Here you can find the Results for the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe 2019.

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Meeting News

Papachristou, Tentoglou, Maslák and Kessler to compete at the INDOOR MEETING

Mit der Griechin Paraskevi Papachristou kommt auch die aktuelle Europameisterin im Dreisprung am 2. Februar nach Karlsruhe.   mehr ...

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.
Miltiadis Tentoglou has mastered both the triple jump and the long jump. The Greek athlete will face some pretty strong competition in the form of world indoor champion Juan Miguel Echevarria and European Championship silver medallist Fabian Heinle at the INDOOR MEETING on 2 February.
Someone who knows how to win in Karlsruhe is Pavel Maslák. In 2012, when the event was still being held at the Europahalle, Maslák won the 400-metre race by doing two laps of the stadium in a time of 46.29 seconds. It was also the year Maslák finally got his big international break, because from then on, the Czech athlete began collecting title after title – European Outdoor Champion in 2012, European Indoor Champion in 2013, 2015 and 2017, World Indoor Champion in 2014, 2016 and 2018, as well as six national outdoor and indoor championship titles.
Christoph Kessler of LG Region Karlsruhe is still working on winning some international titles. He will be competing in the 1,500 metres at the INDOOR MEETING. Even though the 23-year old prefers the 800 metres, Karlsruhe’s middle-distance talent has proven he is capable of both disciplines.


Shuttle bus service to the INDOOR MEETING on February 2nd

A fast and comfortable journey to the INDOOR MEETING? The KVV can make that happen!   mehr ...

Those who want to travel to the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe as quickly and comfortably as possible on February 2nd should make use of the shuttle bus service provided by our mobility partner KVV. The shuttle bus service will run between Karlsruhe central station (forecourt) and the trade fair (stop: Messe-Express) from 3pm to 10pm.

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European sprint queen Dafne Schippers crowns the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

For the last time in 2016: At that time Dafne Schippers won the 60 meters in 7,08 seconds.   mehr ...

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.
At the INDOOR MEETING on 2 February, Schippers will compete against the Swiss Mujinga Kambundji, bronze medallist at the 2016 Outdoor Championships in Amsterdam, and whose biggest success to date is third place in the 60 metres at the 2018 World Indoor Championships in Birmingham. The 26-year-old, Swiss indoor record holder over both 100 metres and 60 metres with times of 10.95 seconds and 7.03 seconds respectively, hopes to finally finish in the top three at her fourth INDOOR MEETING competition, something she has not yet been able to achieve.


Superstar Juan Miguel Echevarria to join world-class competition at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

Additionally to the World Indoor Champion Juan Miguel Echevaaria local hero Julian Howard to compete the starting field at 2019, INDOOR MEETING at February 2nd.   mehr ...

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. To begin with, the Cuban won the Golden Spikes in Ostrava with 8.66 meters, followed by an 8.68-meter jump at the long jump meeting in Bad Langensalza, with which he set a new global record of the year. All in all, 2018 was the year of the Cuban long jump star. After his victory at the INDOOR MEETING, Echevarria clinched the title of world champion at the world indoor championships in Birmingham with a distance of 8.46 meters, winning his first major international title.
Local star Julian Howard aims to regain his former strength. His year started off well, as he snagged the long jump gold with 7.74 meters at the German championships in Dortmund, just two weeks after securing a second place at the 2018 INDOOR MEETING. Overall, however, 2018 turned into a rather disappointing long jump year for Julian Howard. At the European athletics championships in August, he didn’t even make it past the qualification stage with two void jumps and a best of just 7.64 meters. But the athlete, a member of the hosting club LG Region Karlsruhe, plans to strike again in 2019.


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