Record-Breaking Performances Illuminate World Indoor Tour Gold Meeting in Madrid

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At the World Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Madrid on Friday night, standout performances shattered five meeting records: Devynne Charlton raced to a new benchmark in the women’s 60 metres hurdles with a time of 7.68, Rajindra Campbell launched the shot put to a record distance of 22.16 metres, Jordan Diaz leaped to a record 17.52 metres in the men’s triple jump, Catalin Tecuceanu set a new pace in the men’s 800 metres with a time of 1:45.00, and Andrea Miklos sprinted to a record time of 51.11 in the women’s 400 metres.

Women’s 60 metres hurdles: 

World indoor record holder Devynne Charlton from Bahamas won the women’s 60 metres hurdles final in a meeting record of 7.68 missing her own world record by just 0.01. Charlton won her second World Indoor Tour Gold race this season after claiming first place at the Millrose Games in New York in a world record of 7.67. Double European indoor champion Nadine Visser placed second improving her seasonal best to 7.78.  

Visser won the first 60 metres hurdles heat in 7.79 equalling the meeting record set by Reetta Hurske last year. Charlton matched this time to win the second heat. 

European outdoor champion Pia Skrzyszowska from Poland took third place in 7.83. Sarah Lavin from Ireland and Reetta Hurske from Finland dipped under the 8 seconds barrier clocking 7.95 and 7.99 respectively. 

Charlton was declared the winner of the World Indoor Tour in her event. 

Devynne Charlton: “I set myself all of these goals.I said myself I wanted to win the World Indoor Tour and break the world indoor record. I want to be a world indoor champion, so I am just ticking all of the boxes. There is just one more to go. If this is any preview to the World Indoors, then I would say I am on the right track. I am having fun. My coach had been telling me that for a while that I am capable of those things, so to see it all come true is  a wonderful feeling”, said Charlton.  

Men’s shot put: 

Rajindra Campbell from Jamaica improved the meeting record and his indoor PB to 22.16m in the sixth round to take the win in the men’s shot put. Madrid is a lucky city from Campbell, who also improved his outdoor record to 22.22m in the Continental Tour Silver meeting in the Spanish capital last July. 

Double world indoor champion Tom Walsh from New Zealand also produced his best result in the sixth round by throwing 22.03m. 

Walsh took the early lead with 21.44m in the opening round. Campbell briefly moved into first place with 21.75m in the third round. Walsh responded with a throw of 21.80m before setting a meeting record of 21.95m in the fourth round. Both Campbell and Walsh fouled in the fifth round. Campbell threw to a meeting record of 22.16 in the sixth round moving up to 12th on the world all-time list. Walsh improved his seasonal best to 22.03m in the sixth round. 

Leonardo Fabbri, who improved the Italian indoor record to 22.37m, placed third with 21.68m in the fourth round after opening his competition with 21.26m in the first round. Chukwebuka Enekwechi from Nigeria took fourth place with 21.54m in the sixth round ahead of European Indoor champion Zane Weir from Italy (21.38m) and USA’s Roger Steen (21.06m). 

Men’s 60 metres hurdles: 

European under 23 silver medallist Lorenzo Ndele Simonelli from Italy improved the Italian indoor record for the third time this season to 7.46 starting from lane seven. Simonelli had clocked 7.50 in Lodz and 7.48 at the Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona in the previous weeks. 

Lorenzo Simonelli: “I really enjoyed this race. The support from the crowd gave me a lot of energy. It was my best race of the season. This result gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the World Championships in Glasgow, because I beat very good athletes”. 

European outdoor champion Asler Martinez from Spain placed second in 7.50 holding off Enrique Llopis by 0.01. Milan Trajikovic from Cyprus took fourth place in 7.59 beating European indoor champion Jason Joseph from Switzerland (7.72). 

Men’s triple jump: 

Jordan Alejandro Diaz from Spain leapt to 17.52m in the third attempt to win the men’s triple jump. Diaz produced two more valid jumps of 16.94m and 16.99m in the second and fourth round. Diaz will be eligible to represent Spain in international competitions from 28 June. 

Last year’s European indoor silver medallist Max Hess placed second with 16.96m.  Olympic and world finalist Yasser Triki from Algeria took third place with a best jump of 16.66m in his only valid attempt. 

Men’s 800 metres:

Catalin Tecuceanu won the men’s 800 metres with his front running tactic setting the world seasonal lead with 1:45.00. The Italian athlete of Romanian origin also took almost half a second off the long-standing national record held by Giuseppe D’Urso since 1993 with 1:45.44. Tecuceanu was rewarded with a win in the overall standing of the World Indoor Tour with 22 points. Tecuceanu led from the start of the race and built a solid margin over his rivals. 

Catalin Tecuceanu: “What I did this evening was not easy, but I believed in myself. I told to very few people about my goal but I was in Madrid to break the Italian record. I want to see 1:44 on the display and not 1:45. This result gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the World Championships in Glasgow. 

Mohamed Attaoui from Spain finished second in 1:45.67. European indoor champion Adrian Ben crossed the finish-line in a PB of 1:45.72.  

Women’s 400 metres: 

Andrea Miklos from Hungary won the women’s 400 metres setting the meeting record with 51.11. Sharlene Mawdlessy from Ireland dipped under the 52 seconds to finish second with 51.97. 

Men’s 3000 metres: 

World 1500 metres bronze medallist Norde Gilje Nordas from Norway won the men’s 3000 metres improving his PB to 7:41.28. Ermias Girma, who was born in 2005, took second place in 7:41.94 ahead of Frenchman Hugo Hay (7:43.37), Ethiopia’s Milkesa Fikadu (7:43.73) and Telahun Bekele (7:43.76). 

Women’s 800 metres: 

Ethiopia’s Workenesh Mesele won the women’s 800 metres in 2:01.01. Italian indoor and outdoor champion Eloisa Coiro improved her indoor PB by more than half a second to 2:01.50 to take second place ahead of Ethiopia’s Tigist Girma (2:01.61). Lorea Ibarzabal from Spain and Elena Bellò from Italy dipped under 2:02 clocking 2:01.62 and 2:01.93 respectively. 

Women’s 1500 metres: 

Italian 3000 metres indoor champion Ludovica Cavalli won her first World Indoor Tour Gold race in the 1500 metres in 4:07.01 setting the fastest Italian time since 1984. Saron Behre from Ethiopia, who was born in 2007, finished second in 4:08.22 ahead of Aguenda Marques (4:08.40) and Italy’s Marta Zenoni (4:09.55). Only Olympic champion Gabriella Dorio and Agnese Possamai ran faster than Cavalli in Italian 1500m indoor history. 

Ludovica Cavalli: “I am happy with the time. A win in a World Indoor Tour Gold meeting is a dream come true. It was a tactical race. I expected that someone would follow the pacemaker, but nobody took the initiative. What matters most is to win the race”. 

 Men’s pole vault: 

Three-time world outdoor medallist Piotr Lisek cleared 5.70m in his first attempt to win the men’s pole vault. Portuguese record holder Pedro Buarò took second place with 5.60m. Lisek secured the win in the World Indoor Tour. 

Women’s high jump: 

Lia Apostolovski from Slovenia cleared 1.89m in her second attempt to beat Ella Junnila from Finland and 2017 European indoor champion Airine Palsyte on countback.  

The men’s winners of the World Indoor Tour are Catalin Tecuceanu (800 metres), Yaser Triki (triple jump) and Tom Walsh (shot put), Jeremiah Azu  (60 metres),  Selemon Barega (3000 metres) and Piotr Lisek  (pole vault). In women events the winners are Lieke Klaver (400m) Freweyni Hailu (1500m), Devynne Charlton (60 m hurdles), Milica Gardasevic (long jump) and Urte Baikstyte (high jump).

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