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Michael Saruni the star to watch at Millrose Games

Kenya’s Michael Saruni will be the star to watch at the Millrose Games, the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting that will be held on January 29, 2020 in New York City.

Saruni is the African indoor record holder with a time of 1:43.98 that places him as the fastest indoor 800m ever achieved in the US. This time also made him the second-fastest indoor performer at that time.

“It will be really great to come back to The Armory and the Millrose Games where I had such a great winning race,” Saruni said.

The 26 years-old will face off with the seventh fastest world indoor all-time list for 800m, Bryce Hoppel who holds a personal best of 1:44.37.  The 24 year-old finished fourth at the 2019 World Championships.

Five other Olympians will take part in this race, including NCAA champion, Isaiah Jewett, Charlie Hunter of Australia, Mexican record-holder Jesus Lopez of Mexico, Spanish record-holder Saul Ordonez and Irish record-holder Mark English. Isaiah Harris, who represented the USA at the 2017 World Championships.

Other top notch athletes to race at the Millrose Games include Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser, Donavan Brazier, world 800m champion, world shot put champion Joe Kovacs, Olympic 800m champion Athing Mu, Olympic pole vault champion Katie Nageotte, world indoor pole vault champion Sandi Morris, world 100m hurdles record-holder Kendra Harrison, 2016 world indoor 60m champion Trayvon Bromell, Olympic 200m bronze medallist Gabby Thomas, and Olympic 1500m bronze medallist Josh Kerr.

Laura Muir to attack world 1000m record in Birmingham

The Tokyo Olympic 1500m silver medallist Laura Muir will target the 1000m world indoor record at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham – a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting which will be held on Saturday (19) at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham.

Muir, the 2018 world indoor 1500m silver medallist, is the European indoor 1000m record holder having clocked 2:31.93 in Birmingham in 2017. The current world record is held by Maria Mutola from Mozambique , the Olympic 800m champion in Sydney 2000, who ran 2:30.94 in Stockholm in 1999.

The 28 years-old is a multiple European indoor champion, is determined to get her year off to a strong start at the Birmingham meeting, which takes place in exactly one month’s time and which forms part of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series.

“I’m currently out in South Africa continuing my preparations for the 2022 season, so it will be exciting to get a chance to race indoors and I’m looking forward to testing myself over 1000m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham,” said the 28-year-old, who also holds the European indoor record over 3000m.

“I had an incredible year in 2021 and it was fun to finish it off by racing in Scotland over cross country, but it’s time to get back to running fast times on the track. Birmingham holds many fond memories for me winning two medals at the World Indoor Championships and breaking a number of national records.

“I ran the British and European record of 2:31.93 on this track in 2017 which made me the second fastest of all time over the distance, so I would love to try and go one better and break the world indoor record.

“It won’t be an easy record to break – it has stood since 1999 – but the track is fast and the crowds in Birmingham are great, so hopefully I can run it close.”

Throughout the series, each athlete’s best three results will count towards their overall points score. The athlete with the most points in each scoring discipline at the end of the tour will be declared the winner and will be awarded a USD$10,000 bonus along with a wild card entry for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade in March.

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the fifth meeting of the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Tour (Gold). There are seven ‘Gold’ level meetings across the series, starting with Karlsruhe on January 28 and culminating in Madrid on March 2.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen returns to race Lievin 1500m

Olympic 1500m champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen is to return to race at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais, a World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting, in Lievin on 17 February.

The 21-year-old opened his 2021 season with victory in Lievin, breaking the European 1500m record with 3:31.80 after a dominant run which saw him win by five seconds and improve Hicham el Guerrouj’s meeting record by 0.21.

That performance put him fifth on the world all-time list, just 0.76 off Samuel Tefera’s world indoor record set in 2019.

Ingebrigtsen went on to achieve a gold medal double at the European Indoor Championships in Torun, taking titles in the 1500m and 3000m, before an outdoor season which included his Olympic 1500m victory in Tokyo.

He will be joined in the Lievin 1500m field by his brother Filip, the 2017 world bronze medallist.

The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais is one of the seven Gold-level World Indoor Tour meetings taking place in 2022. In 2021, the meeting was highlighted by Gudaf Tsegay’s world indoor 1500m record and the 24-year-old Ethiopian will also be back in Lievin next month to race the mile.

Other athletes announced for the meeting include Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs. The Italian sprinter achieved his first victory of 2021 in the French town, winning the 60m in 6.54.