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News25 Jan 2014

Wells, Lewis and Billaud to face Belgium’s best in Gent


USA's Kellie Wells in the 60m hurdles (© Getty Images)

Eline Berings and Sara Aerts, the two fastest Belgian 60m hurdlers in history, are eager to achieve the World Indoors qualifying time of 8.07 at the Flanders Indoor meeting in Gent and top-quality opposition has been assembled for them at the IAAF Indoor Permit meeting on 9 February.

Berings, the 2009 European indoor champion, finished second to Yvette Lewis at last year’s Flanders Indoor meeting. Lewis, who has a PB of 7.84 and now represents Panama, returns to defend her title.

Olympic bronze medallist Kellie Wells is the fastest in the field. The 2011 US champion indoors and outdoors boasts PBs of 7.79 in the 60m hurdles and 12.48 for the 100m hurdles.

Current world leader Cindy Billaud is also in the field. The Frenchwoman improved to 12.59 in the 100m hurdles last year and finished seventh at the IAAF World Championships.

The women’s 60m hurdles is the latest field to be revealed for the Flanders Indoor meeting. Last week organisers announced the 800m line-up which includes two-time world indoor champion Abubaker Kaki and two-time European indoor champion Adam Kszczot.

Organisers for the IAAF