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European Indoor Championships – a statistical round-up

As published by Athletics Weekly on March 6



*Jimmy Vicaut and James Dasaolu were awarded an identical time in the final of 6.48. The last time the top-two couldn’t be separated by hundredths was when the Scandinavium played host to the European Indoor Championships in 1984.

*Dasaolu’s silver medal extends Britain’s record of winning at least one medal in the 60m to fourteen consecutive editions.

*This year was the first time two athletes went under the 6.5-barrier in the final and Dasaolu’s time would have sufficed for the title at all but one previous edition.

*Vicaut and Dasaolu move to equal fifth on the European indoor all-time rankings. British sprinters own five of the seven fastest times ever over 60m in Europe with French athletes holding the other two.


*Pavel Maslak’s winning time of 45.66 was a Swedish all-comers’ record. He also became the first athlete to simultaneously hold European indoor and outdoor 400m titles since Du’aine Ladejo in 1994.

*Britain fielded three athletes in both men’s and women’s finals for the first time ever.


*Adam Kszczot became the first athlete to defend this title since Yevgeniy Arzhanov in 1971.

*Mukhtar Mohammed picked up Britain’s first medal of any description since Tom McKean won gold on home-soil in Glasgow in 1990.


*Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad’s winning time of 3:37.17 was the second fastest ever after Ivan Heshko’s 3:36.70 championship record in 2005.

*His winning margin of 0.05 from Ilham Tanui Ozbilen was the smallest in the championship’s history.

*The Spaniards failed to win a medal in the final for the first time since 1998.


*Hayle Ibrahimov provided Azerbaijan with their first gold medal in any event in the history of the European Indoor Championships.

*At 34y and 211d, Juan Carlos Higuero replaced John Mayock (34y and 130d in 2005) as the oldest ever medallist in the 3000m.

60m hurdles

*Sergey Shubenkov’s winning time of 7.49 has only been bettered three times – once by Thomas Munkelt in 1983 and twice by Colin Jackson in 1994 and 2002.

*Paolo Dal Molin set an Italian record of 7.51 to win his country’s first medal in this event since 1986.


*Britain’s winning time of 3:05.78 was the second fastest time ever recorded at these championships.

*Nigel Levine’s split of 45.74 was the fastest on the third-leg by 0.65.

Long jump

*Michel Torneus’ 8.29m leap was the longest ever non-gold medal winning mark at these championships.

Triple jump

*Daniele Greco’s shock leap of 17.70m was the second longest winning distance ever after Teddy Tamgho improved the world indoor record to 17.92m in 2011.

*His winning margin of 40cm was the largest since 1990.

High jump

*Russia claimed two medals in the high jump for the third successive edition of the European Indoor Championships.


*Renaud Lavillenie became the first vaulter to win three gold medals in succession.

*The Frenchman is the only athlete to surpass 6m at the European Indoor Championships and he’s done so twice now. He cleared 6.03m in 2011 and 6.01m this year.

*His winning margin of 25cm has only been bettered once – by himself when he won in 2011 by 27cm.

Shot put

*Gold medallist Asmir Kolasinac from Serbia and silver medallist Hamza Alic from Bosnia & Herzogovina created history by winning their country’s first ever European indoor medals.


*Eelco Sintnicolaas’ winning score of 6372 was the best mark by a European in nine years.

*At 21y and 21d, Kevin Mayer became the youngest ever heptathlon medallist by six days. His score of 6297 moved him to tenth on the European indoor all-time rankings and this mark was also a European under-23 record.



*Just 0.01 separated the medallists making it the closest ever European indoor sprint final.

*Ivet Lalova’s time of 7.12 was the fastest ever non-medal winning mark.

*Asha Philip equalled her 7.15 PB in the final which was the second fastest time ever achieved by a Brit at these championships.

*An incredible standard saw Ezinne Okparaebo and Verena Sailer finish seventh and eighth respectively in 7.16. This would have either equalled or bettered the gold medallist’s time at three of the five most recent previous European indoor finals.


*GB’s 1-2 was the first time the same nation claimed gold and silver in the 400m since 1990.

*Perri Shakes-Drayton’s winning time of 50.85 would have won gold at two of the three most recent editions of the World Indoor Championships, and silver at the other.

*In terms of 400m hurdlers, only Sabine Busch (50.01), Nicola Sanders (50.02), Vania Stambolova (50.21), Irina Privalova (50.23), Natalya Antyukh (50.37) and Ionela Tirlea (50.56) have run faster than Shakes-Drayton indoors.

*Ksenia Ustalova’s fall in the semi-final meant the final was for the first time devoid of a Russian finalist.


*Nataliya Lupu became the second former European junior champion to also win this title after Ludmila Formanova in 1998.

*Maryna Arzamasava’s bronze medal adds to her family’s tally as her late mother Ravilya Agletdinova won the European outdoor 1500m title in 1986.


*Abeba Aregawi’s winning margin of 9.72 was by far the largest ever at these championships. The previous largest was 3.73 back in 1972.


*Sara Moreira became the second Portuguese to win this title after Fernanda Ribeiro in 1994 and 1996.

*Her winning time of 8:58.80 was the slowest since 1992.

60m hurdles

*Nevin Yanit and Alina Talay became the first Turkish and Belarussians to win medals in this event while Veronica Borsi won Italy’s first 60m hurdles medal since 1977.

*Only six-hundredths separated the top four finishers which was the smallest margin ever.


*Great Britain took a relay double with gold medals in both finals. This was the first time the same nation has won both titles at the same championships.

*The quartet set a championship and national record of 3:27.56 which moved Britain from sixth to third on the European indoor all-time rankings.

Long jump

*Darya Klishina achieved the championship’s first 7m-plus jump since Heike Drechsler won her fourth title in 1994 with 7.06m.

*Klishina’s winning mark of 7.01m equalled the best mark achieved indoors by a European this millennium.

*Erica Jarder’s final round 6.71m PB sufficed for Sweden’s first medal from this event since Erica Johansson won the title in 2000.

Triple jump

*Olha Saladuha’s winning margin of 58cm was the largest in championship history.

*Her winning mark of 14.88m was the joint second longest ever and the best since Ashia Hansen’s championship record of 15.16m in 1998.

High jump

*Ruth Beitia’s winning mark of 1.99m was the lowest winning height since 1998.

*Sweden scooped up silver and bronze through Ebba Jungmark and Emma Green-Tregaro. This was the first time the same country fielded two athletes on the podium since Bulgarians took gold and silver medals in 1994.

*The ages of the finalists ranged from 19-year-old Alessia Trost to 38-year-old Venelina Veneva-Mateeva, who competed at the 1991 World Championships before Trost was even born.


*Holly Bleasdale’s gold medal was the first British medal in this event from either sex in European Indoor Championships history.

*Her winning vault of 4.67m was the lowest winning height since 2000.

Shot put

*Christina Schwanitz’s gold medal meant German athletes have won five of the nine medals on offer from the last three championships in the shot put.


*Ida Antoniette Nana Djimou became the second athlete to retain this title after Carolina Kluft in 2007.

*Her winning score of 4666 was the second lowest in championship history though, and would have only placed seventh in Birmingham in 2007 where Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis finished second and sixth with 4927 and 4716 respectively.

*18-year-old Sofia Linde finished fifth on home-soil with a PB of 4531. This was a mere four points below Kluft’s national indoor junior record and she still has another year left in the junior ranks.


*The Russian men outperformed the women for the first time in European Indoor Championship history. They won three gold medals and eight in total while the women won one gold and six overall.

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European Indoor Championships – men’s preview

The 32nd edition might not go down as a classic with many of the continent’s finest choosing not to compete this winter and while the Brits will be without the services of our three Olympic champions, the team still arrives with medal chances throughout the entirety of the programme. Meanwhile, a knowledgeable and passionate Gothenburg crowd will be pinning their hopes on Michel Torneus in the long jump and world-leader Abeba Aregawi over 1500m.  

Men’s sprints

Not since 1987 has a British sprinter failed to make the podium in the 60m and UK indoor champion James Dasaolu and Dwain Chambers will be keen to continue this remarkable trend. Both of them have demonstrated sharp form with 6.58 season’s bests but the latter has been hampered by a back injury which still appeared to bother the 2009 champion in Birmingham a fortnight ago as he failed to progress from his heat.

Even if Chambers was at full-fitness, the outcome still wouldn’t be a certainty. The field is headed by Italy’s Michael Tumi and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut who have posted times Chambers hasn’t matched since 2010. Tumi leads the rankings with a national record of 6.51 from world finalist Vicaut, who has run between 6.53 and 6.57 in his six races this year.

The British triumvirate of Nigel Levine, Richard Strachan and Michael Bingham are all ranked inside the top-seven in Europe and while this depth stands the quartet in good stead for the relay, the individual 400m will be a much tougher assignment. Brian Gregan could emulate former two-time champion David Gillick as the Irishman leads the rankings with a 46.07 PB from January which he followed up with victory in Gent over two Olympic finalists (Jonathan Borlee and Luguelin Santos).

The powerfully-built Russian Pavel Trenikhin, who won the Glasgow International in January, is always a danger indoors while European outdoor champion Pavel Maslak arrives fresh from a win over Strachan at the XL Galan in Stockholm last week.

Sergey Shubenkov, whose mother Natalya was a 6800-plus heptathlete in the 1980s, looks set to add the 60m hurdles title to his European outdoor and under-23 crowns. He won the Russian indoor title in a 7.50 PB before finishing second in Birmingham. First and second at the French Championships, Pascal Lagarde Martinot and Dmitri Bascou are ranked second and third in Europe with 7.53 and 7.56 respectively and lead the hunt for the minor medals.

Men’s middle-distances

The non-selection of any British representatives in the 1500m has been the selection talking point but a full quota of athletes have been chosen for the 800m. Indoor rookie Michael Rimmer leads the rankings from Mukhtar Mohammed and along with UK indoor champion Joe Thomas, they all have reasonable medal chances if they run tactically well. Despite the paucity of fast times, sub-1:44 outdoor performer Kevin Lopez will be a danger based on his victory over a strong field in Karlsruhe containing, among others, defending champion Adam Kszczot from Poland.

World indoor 1500m silver medallist Ilham Tanui Ozbilen ran a solo 3:37.49 at the Balkan Championships and the Kenyan import could give the Turks something to cheer about although steeplechase specialists Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad and Bouabdellah Tahri (also entered into the 3000m) will feature prominently in their secondary event. In a slower race though, the balance of power might shift to the Spanish trio including Arturo Casado and Poland’s half-miler Marcin Lewandowski.

Hayle Ibrahimov almost outsprinted Mo Farah for the title two years ago and suffice to say, the Azerbaijani will benefit from the double Olympic champion’s absence this year. It will be interesting to see how the continent’s fastest 1500m runner Ciaran O’Lionaird fares as he steps up in distance. Florian Carvalho, the runner-up to Farah in Birmingham a fortnight ago, is another of the medal threats along with Spanish veteran Juan Carlos Higuero although at 34, his sprint finish probably isn’t as good as it once was.

Men’s field

Robbie Grabarz faces three athletes who have jumped higher than he has in 2013, including world outdoor silver medallist Aleksey Dmitrik. The 28-year-old has defeated Grabarz twice in 2013 and his season’s best of 2.36m is five centimetres superior to Grabarz’s best mark this winter. However, Grabarz has deliberately competed sparingly in a ploy to be as fresh as possible for Gothenburg and the Olympic bronze medallist showed convincing form with two good attempts at 2.39m at the UK Indoor Championships.

Other threats come from Russia’s Sergey Mudrov and Italy’s Silvano Chesani, who cleared 2.34m and 2.33m respectively to win their domestic indoor titles.

The standard of the pole-vault would grace any major global championship but Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie won’t be too daunted by the opposition as he goes for a three-peat. The 2009 and 2011 champion is unbeaten this year and comes into the competition on the back of a world-leading 5.94m vault. Bjorn Otto is only ranked four centimetres behind Lavillenie but German had to settle for silver behind the reigning champion at three major championships last year.

Expectations will be high for Olympic fourth-placer Michel Torneus as he improved the Swedish long jump record to 8.20m for victory in Stockholm last week. Russian Aleksandr Menkov and Christian Reif from Germany could deny a home victory though.

Marian Oprea is reaching the tail-end of his career but the Romanian could claim his first major senior title as the perennial minor-medallist leads the fledging triple jump rankings with 17.17m. Fabrizio Donato, who jumped 17.73m for the silver medal in 2011, is also on the entry-list but the Italian hasn’t competed this year. What form will he show in his first competition in 2013?

A rare gold medal could be won for Serbia by Asmir Kolasinac in the shot put as he comes fresh from victory at the Balkan Championships in a 20.54m season’s best.


The stunning form Eelco Sintnicolaas displayed at the Dutch Championships makes him the sizeable favourite in the heptathlon. The 2010 European decathlon silver medallist improved the Dutch record to 6341 and his score moves him into the European all-time top-ten. Only Adam Helcelet and 2009 champion Mikk Pahapill with 6040 and 6024 respectively, have also broken the 6000-barrier in 2013.

Published in Athletics Weekly on February 28


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Lavillenie clears 5.83m

An early-season world-leading clearance by the Olympic pole-vault champion.

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