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Top clashes in store as attention turns to Torun | PREVIEWS – World Athletics

A number of Olympic and world medallists, including treble champion in Tokyo Elaine Thompson-Herah and Olympic 10,000m winner Selemon Barega, will be among those in action when the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series moves on to the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Torun on Tuesday (22).

World Indoor Tour action is coming thick and fast, with performances from Lievin and Birmingham in the past few days still fresh in the memory, and further strong performances are in store at the penultimate Gold meeting of the 2022 Tour in Poland.

Thompson-Herah got her indoor season off to a winning start at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, clocking 7.08 in her first international race since victory at the Wanda Diamond League final in Zurich. Her performance on Tuesday will help her to decide whether to target next month’s World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22.

“I was hoping to dip below seven seconds (in Birmingham), but it didn’t work out,” said Jamaica’s five-time Olympic gold medallist, who ran her PB of 6.98 in 2017. “With heats and a final in Torun, I think that will help me to get below the seven seconds I am hoping for.”

She will have some strong competition at the Arena Torun, including 2019 European indoor 60m champion Ewa Swoboda, who is back racing on home soil as the world leader following her 7.00 national record at the Orlen Cup in Lodz. Having won at the ISTAF Indoor meeting in Dusseldorf in 7.10 on Sunday, she will be looking to maintain her unbeaten season with another fast run in front of a home crowd as she continues her comeback after injury.

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Britain’s Daryll Neita is another athlete in PB form and she improved her best to 7.11 when finishing second behind Thompson-Herah in Birmingham, while Poland’s Marika Popowicz-Drapala and Pia Skrzyszowska plus Gambian record-holder Gina Bass are also among the entries.

Middle-distance records under threat

Fast times are on the cards in the men’s 3000m and women’s 1500m, with Selemon Barega, Lamecha Girma and Getnet Wale clashing once again in the longer event and their fellow Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay returning to the track to run the distance in which she set a world indoor record of 3:53.09 in Lievin last year.

Wale, Barega and Girma respectively moved to second, third and sixth on the world indoor all-time list at that time thanks to their performances in Lievin 12 months ago, with steeplechase specialist Wale just missing Daniel Komen’s long-standing world indoor record of 7:24.90. The three athletes battled again in Lievin last week but rather than chasing times they were chasing each other, and it turned into a competitive race, with Girma triumphing by pipping Barega to the line, 7:30.54 to 7:30.66, while Wale was third in 7:30.88. Kenya’s Jacob Krop will hope to build on the PB of 7:34.67 he ran in Lievin, in what is his debut indoor season.

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After her record performance in the 1500m a year earlier, Tsegay had returned to Lievin this season with another all-time mark in her sights – Genzebe Dibaba’s world indoor mile record of 4:13.31. A fall put paid to that aim, however, as she hit the track on the first lap and although she managed to recover to win the race in a meeting record of 4:21.72, the world record was out of reach. Provided the fall has not had a lasting impact, she will be looking to make up for that …….

Source: https://www.worldathletics.org/competitions/world-athletics-indoor-tour/news/torun-copernicus-cup-thompson-herah-swoboda-barega-tsegay

A number of Olympic and world medallists, including treble champion in Tokyo Elaine Thompson-Herah and Olympic 10,000m winner Selemon Barega, will be among those in action when the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series moves on to the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Torun on Tuesday (22).

World Indoor Tour action is coming thick and fast, with performances from Lievin and Birmingham in the past few days still fresh in the memory, and further strong performances are in store at the penultimate Gold meeting of the 2022 Tour in Poland.

Thompson-Herah got her indoor season off to a winning start at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, clocking 7.08 in her first int…….

A number of Olympic and world medallists, including treble champion in Tokyo Elaine Thompson-Herah and Olympic 10,000m winner Selemon Barega, will be among those in action when the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series moves on to the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Torun on Tuesday (22).

World Indoor Tour action is coming thick and fast, with performances from Lievin and Birmingham in the past few days still fresh in the memory, and further strong performances are in store at the penultimate Gold meeting of the 2022 Tour in Poland.

Thompson-Herah got her indoor season off to a winning start at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday, clocking 7.08 in her first int…….

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