Eight anticipated highlights of the Indoor Permit Meeting series

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Malaika Mihambo's first long jump competition of the season is scheduled for the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin on 14 February

Today (23) marks ten days until the first European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting takes place with the Meeting de Paris Indoor beginning proceedings on 2 February.

We have picked out eight prospective highlights across the 14 meetings including Malaika Mihambo's season's debut in Berlin and a glittering pole vault contest in Clermont-Ferrand. The full calendar can be found here

Martinot-Lagarde versus Pozzi in the 60m hurdles in Paris

Only 0.01 separated Andrew Pozzi and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in a nail-biting 60m hurdles final at the 2017 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade with the Brit narrowly prevailing on that occasion. Both of them were to come away with major honours the following year with Pozzi winning the world indoor 60m hurdles title in Birmingham and Martinot-Lagarde taking the European 110m hurdles title in Berlin. 

Meeting website here

Mihambo's first long jump competition in Berlin

Unbeaten outdoors in 2019, world champion Malaika Mihambo will endeavour to begin her indoor season on a winning note at the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin on 14 February. This will be her first competition of the season in her specialist event although she will test her speed over 60m in Karlsruhe on 31 January and in Dortmund on 9 February.

Mihambo won the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin last year with 6.99m. Will we see another seven metre-plus jump from the world champion next month? She surpassed this barrier in seven competitions last year.

Meeting website here.

World medallists to face Lavillenie at home Clermont-Ferrand

Meeting organiser Renaud Lavillenie has recruited the strongest possible field for the All Star Perche by Quartus on 23 February. The field is headed by the three medallists from the World Championships in Doha: Sam Kendricks from the United States, Sweden’s Armand Duplantis and Piotr Lisek from Poland.

Lavillenie himself will also be competing and the Frenchman began his season with a 5.80m clearance in Bordeaux. The world record-holder has now amassed 148 competitions in which he has cleared 5.80m or higher and there would be no better stage than Clermont-Ferrand for Lavillenie to reach 150 competitions.

Meeting website here.

European medallists confirmed for Rouen

A strong women’s line-up has been assembled for the Perche Elite Tour de Rouen on 8 February including European medallists Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou from Greece and Holly Bradshaw from Great Britain. The line-up also includes Sweden’s Angelica Bengtsson, who opened her season with a 4.67m clearance in Vaxjo last weekend, while the international challenge is headed by Canada’s Alysha Newman. 

The men's line-up is equally excellent with Lavillenie and Kendricks due to face reigning Olympic champion Thiago Braz from Brazil.

Meeting website here.

Mahuchikh and Levchenko to headline Banska Bystrica

Ukrainians Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Yuliya Levchenko have both already cleared 2.00m this season and they will face each other three times in 12 days: Cottbus on 29 January, Karlsruhe on 31 January and Banska Bystrica on 9 February.  

Levchenko cleared 2.00m in Kyiv at the start of the month although her world lead was eclipsed the following weekend by Mahuchikh who opened her campaign with a world indoor U20 record of 2.01m in Lviv. Could she even challenge her outright world U20 record of 2.04m during the course of the indoor season?

Meeting website here


Bukowiecki versus Haratyk in Lodz

One of the standout clashes of the Orlen Cup in Lodz on 11 February will be the shot put which is headlined by the outstanding Polish duo of Michal Haratyk and Konrad Bukowiecki. They won gold and silver medals respectively at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin and they both surpassed the 22-metre line last summer.

Meeting website here.

European Championships rematch over 800m in Stockholm

Three-time European indoor and outdoor champion Adam Kszczot from Poland will go head-to-head with European silver medallist and home favourite Andreas Kramer in the 800m at the Sparet GP in Stockholm on 11 February. Kramer won at the inaugural edition of this meeting twelve months ago.

Meeting website here

Strong European hurdles interest in Val-de-Reuil

European 100m hurdles champion Elvira Herman from Belarus will compete in the 60m hurdles at the Meeting de l’Eure in Val-de-Reuil on 14 February while the men’s 60m hurdles features Spain’s Orlando Ortega from Spain, the reigning world and European 110m hurdles bronze medallist. Ortega also won at this meeting last year in 7.62.

Meeting website here.