Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure, who first came to international attention when she won the silver medal two years ago in Istanbul, looked remarkably relaxed just before stepping into her blocks ahead of the sixth and final 60m heat and was blowing kisses to the crowd.
Shot putters David Storl and Christina Schwanitz both cemented their roles as title contenders for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot at the German Indoor Championships in Leipzig this weekend (22-23).
Her big sister Tirunesh has twice been a world record breaker indoors and it was the turn Genzebe Dibaba to make her own mark on the under cover record books when she smashed the women's world indoor 1500m record by more than three seconds with a run of 3:55.17 at the IAAF Indoor Permit meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany, on Saturday (1).
With just over five weeks until the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland, the PSD Bank Meeting in Dusseldorf produced five 2014 world leading performances, including outstanding marks from local shot put stars David Storl and Christina Schwanitz on Thursday (30).
About 27,000 spectators at the two-day German Championships in Ulm on 6-7 July saw throwers as strong as ever, sprinters getting into shape for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow and Alyn Camara causing an upset in the Long Jump.
Some ten defending champions will gather in Gothenburg as the port city hosts the 32nd European Indoor Championships – which takes place from March 1-3 – for the third time.
World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene believes he is on track to retain his title in Moscow this summer after the British athlete opened his 2013 season with his first UK record at the British Athletics Glasgow International on Saturday (26).