• Björn Otto Opens Season on Wednesday

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The 2012 London Olympics silver medalist and European championship runner up in Pole Vault Bjorn Otto from Germany will kick off his 2013 season at the 11th International Indoor Springer Meeting in Cottbus, Germany, on January (30).

In Cottbus men will participate in pole vault, while women will compete in high jump event.

Bjorn Otto, who had the best mark of (6.01m) in the 2012 season in the world, is looking forward for a great indoor season opener. Last year, Otto in a thrilling competition, was defeated twice first in European Chmapionships and later at the London Olympic games, by Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie.

Alongside Otto there will be London Olympics 5th place finisher Steven Lewis (GBR),  world indoor silver medallist Alhaji Jeng (SWE), and Polands Lukasz Michalski who was the finalist in London. The 29-year-old Ukraines Markus Mazuryk who took silver at the 2010 European Champs must be respected also. The meet record, of 5.86m was set in 2011 by the London Olympic champ Renaud Lavillenie.

In the womens competition, the meet record holder (2.01m) Irina Gordeyeva of Russia is returning for the third streight year to compete in Cottbus. The 25 year old Russian who holds and impressive 2.04m personal best mark took bronze at the European Championships last year.

The International springer meeting Cottbus is scheduled for Wednesday, January 30th. 

Elite Athletes

Mens Pole Vault

Name
DOB Nation / Club Personal best outdoor / indoor
Otto Björn 1977 ASV Cologne
6.01m / 5.92m
Lewis Steven 1986 GBR 5.77m / 5.82m
Dilla Karsten 1989 TSV Bayer Leverkusen 5.72m / 5.73m
Michalski Lukasz 1988 POL 5.85m / 5.72m
Gruber Henryk 1986 TSV Bayer Leverkusen 5.70m / 5.70m
Scherbarth Tobias 1985 TSV Bayer Leverkusen 5.71m / 5.76m
Jeng Alhaji 1981 SWE 5.80m / 5.81m
Mazuryk Maksim 1983 UKR 5.82m / 5.88m

Womens High Jump

Name
DOB Nation / Club Personal best outdoor / indoor
Gordeyeva Irina 1986 RUS 2.04m / 2.01m
Petre Esthere 1990 ROM 1.98m / 1.94m
Ogrodnik Magdalena 1989 POL 1.86m / 1.92m
Mikolajczyk Izabella 1990 POL 1.92m / 1.81m
Dusanova Nadiya 1987 UZB 1.98m / 1.96m
Van Hessche Hanne 1991 BEL 1.87m / 1.88m
Ilieva Irina 1995 RUS 1.85m
Simic Ana 1990 CRO 1.92m / 1.92m
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