Back on Super Saturday four years ago, the famous night when British athletes won three gold medals within an hour at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Greg Rutherford was probably the least expected of the trio to triumph but he has since gone on to prove himself to be the consummate championship performer.
Four medallists from last year’s IAAF World Championships will compete in the long jump at the Globen Galan, part of the IAAF World Indoor Tour, in Stockholm on 17 February.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who competes tomorrow for the first time since winning the 100m in Paris in 10.74 over three weeks ago – the fastest run in the world this year – revealed ahead of the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm that she may change her plans next month and defend both her 100m and 200m world titles after all.
For Swedish athletics fans, the mid-2000s when Carolina Kluft, Christian Olsson and Stefan Holm reigned supreme is no doubt remembered with the nostalgia that is evoked when British fans recall the days when Seb Coe, Steve Cram and Steve Ovett ruled the track in the late 1970s and 1980s.
A year ago, Genzebe Dibaba demolished the 3000m world Indoor record at the XL-Galan in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. When she returned this Thursday evening (19) she delivered the best kind of deja-vu experience for almost 10,000 spectators at the penultimate IAAF Indoor Permit meeting of the winter.
For the 26th straight year, the Globe Arena will host top-class athletics when the XL Galan, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, descends upon Stockholm on Thursday (19).
Some of the world’s top athletes will take on a handful of Sweden’s medal winners from recent major championships on 19 February at the XL-Galan, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting.
The Karlstad stop of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge tour on Wednesday (16) provided brilliant conditions with blue skies, warmth, sun and an enthusiastic crowd. The throwers responded well as all of them improved upon their challenge scores to strengthen or improve their positions in the standings.
Almost immediately as Abeba Aregawi had finished the 1500m at last year’s XL-Galan, having missed the world indoor record by an agonising 12 hundredths of a second, she decided to return to the IAAF Indoor Permit meeting in Stockholm on 6 February even more determined to break the mark.
The XL-galan meeting - an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting - in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm celebrates its 24th edition on Thursday (21) and the usually sold out crowd of more than 10,000 have been treated to no less than eight World indoor records as well as three World junior records.
The second day of various national indoor championships were held across Europe on Sunday (17), and there were impressive results in Prague from Czech shot putter Martin Stasek and pole vaulter Jan Kudlicka.