Gudaf Tsegay in Lievin (© Jiro Mochizuki)
World and Olympic medallist Femke Bol will make her debut in Lievin, while world champion Gudaf Tsegay will return to the scene of her world indoor 1500m record when the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold event, takes place on 15 February.
Bol won world indoor silver in the 400m and 4x400m in Belgrade last year before claiming medals of the same colour in the 400m hurdles and mixed 4x400m at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon. This season offers the Dutch 22-year-old the chance to defend her European indoor 400m and 4x400m titles in Istanbul in March and before she contests the two-lap event in Lievin, she will also race at the World Indoor Tour Silver meeting in Metz on 11 February.
While Bol will compete in Lievin for the first time, Tsegay already has very happy memories from racing at the meeting.
The Ethiopian world indoor 1500m champion, who also claimed world 5000m gold and 1500m silver in Oregon later in 2022, broke the world indoor 1500m record with her 3:53.09 performance in Lievin in 2021. The 25-year-old returned one year later to win the mile in 4:21.72 and is back again in 2023 for another 1500m test.
Other athletes already announced for Lievin include Marcell Jacobs, Mondo Duplantis, Katie Moon, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Grant Holloway and Keely Hodgkinson.
For further information on the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, visit the event website.