The Women’s 60 Meter was a truly hyped and well-delivered event in Karlsruhe. I wish I could have been there. Dina Asher-Smith, Mujinga Kambundji, and Ewa Swoboda duked it out in two rounds and the final was superb! What a way to begin the season. 
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Nice to see all three European stars in grand shape as they build to the European Athletics Indoor Champs, March 2-5, 2023 in Istanbul, Turkey. 
Dina gets 7.04 NR, plenty of early World leads

7⃣.0⃣7⃣ PB for @dinaashersmith in the women’s 60m heats

Will she go even faster in the final of the @INDOOR_MEETING?#WorldIndoorTour

— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) January 27, 2023

KARLSRUHE (GER, Jan 27): World Indoor Tour Gold started in packed Messe Halle in Karlsruhe with a series of World and European leads for the beginning of the season. The best at the end as Dina Asher-Smith won the 60 m in 7.04 (in heats already 7.07 PB), not only the British record but also equaled the meet record of Irina Privalova from 1996 (also the European lead). Ewa Swoboda second at 7.09 (as in heats) and World champion Mujinga Kambundji third at 7.11. Middle distances delivered expected early World leads.

“The British record was one of my indoor aims”, @dinaashersmith reacts to her @INDOOR_MEETING win in the women’s 60m final #WorldIndoorTour

— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) January 27, 2023


Briton George Mills 3:35.88 huge indoor PB (WL+EL) in the 1500 m, only 17 years old Ethiopian Abdisa Fayisa 7:40.35 WL over 3000 m (10th best ever indoors U20) in first ever indoor race. Behind him Belgian Robin Hendrix EL and big overall PB 7:40.53.

Poster for the INIT Meeting Karlsruhe, from RTVE TV

In women, 800 m World finalist Anita Horvat opened with 2:00.44 WL+EL and indoor PB edging Freweyni Hailu to 2:00.46 indoor PB. As expected also WL in 3000 m when Lemlem Hailu won in 8:37.55 over steeple World medalist Werkwuha Getachew 8:37.98 overall PB. In sixth Spain´s Marta Perez 8:44.91 EL. New generation ruled in men’s hurdles, European champion Asier Martinez in Spanish double beat Enrique Llopis 7.561 to 7.563 with Poland´s Jakub Szymanski third 7.60 (PB 7.57 in heats).

Frauen-Kugelstoßen mit der Weltspitze!
Chase Ealey
Sarah Mitton
Jessica Schilder
Auriol Dongmo
Danniel Thomas-Dodd
Fanny Roos
Sara Gambetta
Katharina Maisch
Julia Ritter #indoormeetingkarlsruhe #WorldIndoorTour @WorldAthletics

— INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe (@INDOOR_MEETING) January 12, 2023

The top three in the pole vault cleared WL height 583. KC Lightfoot had a clean sheet until 588 (did not clear) and won over Kurtis Marschall and returned to shape Emmanuil Karalis (overall PB and also an EL). In the high-quality women’s shot put field reigning world champion Chase Ealey was only 6th at 18.61, and winner Auriol Dongmo got 18.90 EL over WL holder Sarah Mitton at 18.88. Reigning World Indoor champion Ivana Vuleta leaped to a 676 WL win in the long jump. Also in the triple jump best marks so far in the season as Cuban jumpers ruled. Liadagmis Povea 14.64 (also indoor PB) over Leyanis Perez 14.45 and Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk 14.41 EL. Benjamin Lobo Vedel was the fastest in the 400 m with 46.45.

Das Stabhochsprung-Starterfeld beim INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe wird immer hochkarätiger!
Thiago Braz
KC Lightfoot
Raphael Holzdeppe #worldindoortour @WorldAthletics @ThiagoBrazPV @R_Holzdeppe

— INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe (@INDOOR_MEETING) January 10, 2023




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