The current European indoor champion, Jason Joseph, drew attention in the Swiss Indoor Championships in St. Gallen on Sunday (18) with a captivating display of athletic excellence. Joseph achieved the second-best time of his career in the final, clocking in at equal third fastest globally this year with a spectacular timing of 7.43. Interestingly, Simon Ehammer, the silver medallist in the European Decathlon, significantly improved his lifetime best from 7.70 to 7.55, placing him in second place.

 

Ehammer’s standout weekend continued as he triumphed in the long jump on Saturday with a season’s best of 8.06m, setting the stage for his forthcoming heptathlon challenge at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow from 1-3 March.

Annik Kalin, the European heptathlon bronze medallist, also delivered an exceptional performance, claiming two titles with lifetime bests in both the long jump (6.76m) and the 60m hurdles (7.99), marking her first sub-eight-second performance.

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The French Indoor Championships in Miramas unfolded with intense competition, particularly in the men’s 60m hurdles final. Wilhem Belocian, the 2021 European indoor champion, emerged victorious with a season’s best of 7.44, narrowly edging out Just Kwaou-Mathey by 0.01 seconds, who clocked 7.46 in his heat.

Reigning world indoor champion Cyrena Samba-Mayela secured the women’s 60m hurdles title on the championship’s first day, clocking a season’s best of 7.87. Thibaut Collet’s pole vault win at 5.75m and Amandine Brossier’s 400m triumph in 51.69 added to the event’s highlights.

Mihambo’s Return to Glory and Krause’s Tactical Brilliance in Leipzig

Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo made a triumphant return at the German Indoor Championships in Leipzig, approaching the seven-metre mark with a season’s best and European lead of 6.93m in the long jump. Despite facing strong competition from Mikaelle Assani, who equaled her lifetime best with 6.91m, Mihambo secured the title.

Gesa Felicitas Krause, a two-time European 3000m steeplechase champion on the comeback trail from maternity leave, showcased tactical brilliance with victories in the 1500m (4:24.31) and 3000m (9:06.90). Marius Probst set a championship record in the men’s 1500m with a fast time of 3:36.36.

 

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Johanna Martin, at just 17, surprised at the German Indoor Championships, winning the women’s 400m title in 52.71 and moving to fourth on the European indoor all-time U20 list after a heat win in 52.55.

Italian Indoor Championships Witness Impressive Performances

The Italian Indoor Championships featured a thrilling battle between athletes, as Andy Diaz narrowly missed his world lead by one centimeter to claim victory in the triple jump with 17.60m. Zane Weir, the European indoor champion, outperformed his training partner Leonardo Fabbri in the shot put, securing the win with 21.69m to Fabbri’s 21.07m.

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Zaynab Dosso showcased her prowess in the women’s 60m, winning in 7.06 and approaching her Italian record of 7.02. Chituru Ali delivered a strong performance, defeating reigning European indoor champion Samuele Ceccarelli in the men’s 60m final with a time of 6.57 to Ceccarelli’s 6.66.

 

The championships’ first day featured the rising star, Mattia Furlani, winning the long jump title with an impressive 8.34m, coming within one centimeter of the world U20 record. The Italian Indoor Championships proved to be a stage for exceptional feats and intense competitions, setting the tone for the upcoming athletic season.