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BERLIN – It’s finally time! Olympic, World and European Champions will be coming to Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena tomorrow, Friday, February 23, for the ISTAF INDOOR. 12,000 fans are expected to attend the world’s biggest indoor athletics meeting.

They will experience an evening full of highlights with numerous crowd favorites, exciting duels, fast premieres – and as a spectacular encore, the unique discus duel. Remaining tickets for the ISTAF INDOOR are available by telephone on 030 30 111 86 30 and online at www.tickets.istaf.de. The ISTAF INDOOR will also be broadcasted in more than 80 countries.

For some athletes, the ISTAF INDOOR is the dress rehearsal for the eagerly awaited World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2024 (March 1 to 3, 2024), but for many top athletes, the start in Berlin is the last stop of their indoor season before the intensive preparation for the “super summer” begins with the European Championships in Rome and the Olympic Games in Paris. It is also the “indoor final” for world-class long jumper Malaika Mihambo, who won the German Indoor Championships last weekend with 6.93 meters. “I’m getting better and better at the competitions. Now it’s time to start the preparations for this summer with another positive experience,” says Malaika Mihambo. The Olympic Champion can definitely rely on the support of the more than 12,000 fans expected tomorrow. “The ISTAF INDOOR can’t be compared to any other meeting, the atmosphere is unique. The atmosphere is like a tailwind.”The 30-year-old exceptional athlete has jumped further at the ISTAF INDOOR than at any other indoor event and has already won four times in Berlin. Malaika Mihambo jumped her personal indoor record of 7.07 meters in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in 2020. Her competitors include Mikaelle Assani (Germany), currently ranked number four in the world, and Larissa Iapichino (Italy), silver medalist at the 2023 European Indoor Championships.

World-class in eight disciplines
Eight exciting disciplines are on the program at the ISTAF INDOOR (60 meters F/M, 60 meters Paralympics M, 60 meters hurdles F/M, long jump F, pole vault M, discus duel M-F). In the men’s 60 meters, European Indoor Champion Samuele Ceccarelli (Italy) will race against Omar McLeod
(Jamaica), the 2016 Olympic hurdles Champion from Rio, who wants to kick off the Olympic season

in Berlin with the 60 meters “flat”. Ronnie Baker is in very strong condition. The US star ran a super- fast 6.51 seconds a few days ago. Zaynab Dosso (Italy), currently the third-fastest 60-meter sprinter

in the world, the British European Champion and last year’s winner Daryll Neita and the Jamaican hurdles record holder Britany Anderson will be competing in the women’s race. The hurdles will also be extremely fast. The favorite in the men’s race is Daniel Roberts (USA). With 7.93 seconds, the bronze medallist at the World Championships is one of the absolute world-class athletes and is one

of only 14 hurdlers in the world to have ever run under 7.40 seconds. In the pole vault, Philippine six- meter jumper and World Championship silver medallist Ernest John Obiena will be trying to repeat