News03 Feb 2016

Stockholm set for two more world indoor record attempts


Ayanleh Souleiman celebrates his victory in Stockholm (© AFP / Getty Images)

Along with the previously announced attack on the women’s mile world indoor record at the Globen Galan, there will be two other world indoor record attempts at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Stockholm on 17 February.

World indoor 1500m champion Ayanleh Souleiman will have his sights set on Wilson Kipketer’s world indoor record of 2:14.96 in the 1000m. Souleiman won the 1000m in Stockholm back in 2013 in a Djiboutian record of 2:17.05, then went on to improve his outdoor bests to 1:42.97 over 800m and 3:29.58 over 1500m.

Kenya’s world 1500m silver medallist Elijah Manangoi will also be in the field. The 23-year-old was one of the big breakthrough performers of 2015, improving his 1500m best to 3:29.67 before taking the silver medal in Beijing.

Qatar’s Abdalelah Haroun will be targeting the 500m world indoor best of 1:00.09 set last year by Brycen Spratling. The teenager produced the biggest shock of last year’s meeting in Stockholm when he sped to an Asian indoor 400m record of 45.39 in the B race, almost a second faster than the winning time in the A race by world indoor champion Pavel Maslak.

Organisers for the IAAF

2016 IAAF World Indoor Tour calendar
6 February – Karlsruhe Indoor Meeting (Karlsruhe, GER)
14 February – New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (Boston, USA)
17 February – Globen Galan (Stockholm, SWE)
20 February – Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix (Glasgow, GBR)