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

European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause to compete at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

World class athletics at 2019 INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe with European champion Gesa Felicitas Krause.   mehr ...

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. Ever since she snagged a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, Gesa Felicitas Krause has been considered the measure of all things in Germany when it comes to the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Her track record includes four consecutive German outdoor titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase from 2015 onwards, to which she added a gold medal in the 5,000 meters in 2017.


New record demand: Pre-sale tickets sold out for the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

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.   mehr ...

“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.
However, there will still always be a small quota of tickets at the box office. This is mainly due to technical difficulties that can only be removed if the grandstands are actually upright.


Lisa Ryzih to challenge Ekaterini Stefanidi to a duel in dizzying heights

The tension at the women's pole vault competition will be as high as the bar.   mehr ...

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. She set the Greek indoor record of 4.90 metres, which she jumped in New York in 2016, the same year she became Olympic champion. Karlsruhe is still new territory for Stefanidi, she has never competed here before. Yet the INDOOR MEETING is a good opportunity for the European Athlete of the Year 2017 to warm up for the Indoor World Championships (1-3 March 2019).
The Greek will be challenged by Lisa Ryzih, winner of the INDOOR MEETING pole vault competition in 2017. Ryzih, in the colours of ABC Ludwigshafen, would like to repeat this success as a small revenge for 2016, where the Greek Stefanidi was the only one who could jump higher than Ryzih at the European Championships in Amsterdam, and so ended up winning the silver medal with her 4.70-metre achievement. In March 2017, at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, she jumped 4.75 metres, and history repeated itself: Ryzih was once again defeated by Stefanidi. Ryzih could not compete at the Outdoor EC in Berlin due to a partial tear in her Achilles tendon, but the six-time German champion is now back and will strive to build on her success of 2017 at the INDOOR MEETING. The fact that she needs to beat Ekaterini Stefanidi to achieve this goal only makes the pole vault competition all the more exciting.


High Jump European Champion Mateusz Przybylko to attend INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

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 is coming to Karlsruhe at 2019, February 2nd.   mehr ...

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. Karlsruhe is certainly nothing new to Przybylko. Here, he won his first German indoor title in 2015 and when in 2017 the men’s high jump was part of the INDOOR MEETING programme again for the first time since 1999, he came second with a 2.28-metre jump. Przybylko’s indoor record is 2.30 meters.

The Italian Gianmarco Tamberi, who will be challenging the German high-flyer at the INDOOR MEETING, has already got much higher. His arena record from 2016 stands at 2.38 meters, a year, in which Tamberi won almost everything: Outdoor European Champion in Amsterdam, Indoor World Champion in Portland. He was the favourite at the Olympic Games in Rio but was forced to pull out following a serious injury that prevented him from competing for nearly a year and a half. But the man who only shaves one half of his face has fought his way back impressively. He already came fourth at the European Championships in Berlin and is set to improve on this result. The audience at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe should be excited to witness a great duel.

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