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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.


 

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.

Shining silver at the INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

Kristin Gierisch and Fabian Heinle promise great jumps   mehr ...

Traditionally, the time to present the top athletes at the INDOOR MEETING starts on St Nicholas Day. This year, two guest Berlin silver medal winners were presented at the press conference in the Sparkasse Karlsruhe: Kristin Gierisch and Fabian Heinle.

Karlsruhe is not a bad place for Kristin Gierisch. Gierisch, who was born in Zwickau and trains in Chemnitz, has been German Triple jump Indoor Champion here twice. The police officer won the title in both 2012 in the Europahalle and 2015 in the Messehalle.

Winning the silver medal in Berlin was the greatest success in Fabian Heinle’s career up to now. The young man from Böblingen, who trains with VfB Stuttgart, landed at 8.13 metres twice. He only just outperformed the Ukrainian Sergeji Nyfykorov, who also jumped this distance but fell short of Böblingen in his second-longest attempt.


 

Disciplines for IAAF World Indoor Tour announced

It’s about points and wildcards in eleven disciplines   mehr ...

“The World Indoor Tour is becoming more and more popular!” IAAF President Sebastian Coe is certain of that. The International Association of Athletics Federations has now announced the disciplines for its six tour locations. The tour will start on January 26 in Boston (USA) before coming to Karlsruhe – the first stop in Europe – on February 2. The other stops are Torun (Poland, February 6), Madrid (Spain, February 8) and Birmingham (Great Britain, February 16) before the tour reaches Düsseldorf for the final on February 20.
By the way, presales for the Boston event will begin on December 4. Karlsruhe could already be sold out by that point. As mentioned in the IAAF press release, there are currently around 600 tickets left.


 

Excellent fan engagement

Sports Director Blondel honors TV Breisach   mehr ...

TV Breisach honored its heroes of 2018.
Our Sports Director Alain Blondel used this opportunity to award the Breisach gymnastics club for the best fan animation at the INDOOR MEETING 2018. Its members provided a lively atmosphere on the stands of the sold-out Karlsruhe athletics arena and their vocal support probably helped one or two of the athletes shave a tenth of a second off their time.
Congratulations and many thanks.
And of course, we would love other sports clubs and associations to follow the Breisach example.


 

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