Ewa Swoboda is rounding into form at just the right time with her title defence at the Torun 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships less than a fortnight away.
Swoboda won the Polish indoor 60m title on the same track in Torun on Saturday (20) in a season’s best of 7.10, just missing her national indoor record and lifetime best by 0.03.
Swoboda moves to second on the 2021 European list behind Dina Asher-Smith with 7.08 but the treble European champion has opted to close down her indoor season prematurely due to a small injury. Her absence will undoubtedly further embellish Swoboda's title chances in Torun.
European outdoor champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic won the 400m title in 52.02 ahead of her 17-year-old compatriot Kornelia Lesiewicz who ran herself onto a place on the individual team for Torun with an outright lifetime best of 52.56.
Karolina Koleczek won a competitive women’s 60m hurdles final in 7.96 ahead of teenager Pia Skrzyszowska in 7.98 and Pawel Wiesolek won the heptathlon title with a lifetime best of 6103 points.
Arguably the biggest upset of the weekend came in the 800m final with 400m hurdles specialist Patryk Dobyk upsetting Adam Kszczot - 1:47.12 to 1:47.35. However, normal service was resumed in the 1500m final with Marcin Lewandowski winning in 3:40.14.
Full results here.
Fast 60m hurdles finals highlight French Indoor Championships
Wilhem Belocian won the men’s 60m hurdles final in 7.46 - just 0.01 shy of his European leading mark - and Laeticia Bapte produced a sensational breakthrough in the women’s event, improving her lifetime best to 8.10 in the heats and then 7.93 in the final to edge out Cyrena Samba-Mayela by 0.01.
“I still can't believe it, I'm on my little cloud,” said Bapte.
As expected, Lavillenie won the men’s pole vault - but not Renaud who only finished third with 5.66m. His younger brother Valentin took the domestic plaudits with a 5.77m clearance ahead of Ethan Cormant with 5.72m.
Benjamin Robert pipped former world champion Pierre-Ambroise Bosse in the 800m final - 1:46.06 to 1:46.13.
Full results here.
Kranz 6.52 and Lederer 7.12 in the 60m finals at the German Indoor Championships
The depth of talent in German sprinting was on full display in the women’s 60m final at the German Indoor Championships in Dortmund on Saturday (20) evening.
All eight finalists ran 7.30 or faster with four sprinters either setting or equalling their lifetime bests. Amelie-Sophie Lederer wasn’t considered one of the principal favourites for the title but she upset the odds, improving her lifetime best from 7.26 down to 7.20 in the heat and then to 7.12 in the final to move to equal sixth on the German all-time list.
Jennifer Montag and Yasmin Kwadwo both set lifetime bests of 7.19 to finish second and third respectively with Rebekka Haase fourth in 7.20.
Kevin Kranz clocked a lifetime best of 6.55 in the men’s 60m heats before powering to victory in the final in a European lead of 6.52 which also equalled the German indoor record held by Julian Reus.
Reigning world and European champion Malaika Mihambo won the long jump title with 6.70m and former world and European champion Christina Schwanitz went out to 18.87m to win the shot put.
Full results here.
Bol improves to 50.64 at the Dutch Indoor Championships
European U20 400m hurdles champion Femke Bol set her fourth Dutch indoor record in as many races this season to win the 400m title at the Dutch Indoor Championships in Apeldoorn.
Less than a week after improving to 50.66 at the Copernicus Cup in Torun, Bol shaved 0.02 off that time with a 50.64 clocking in the 400m final. Her training partner Lieke Klaver, who will form part of a strong Dutch team in the 4x400m relay in Torun next month, was second in a lifetime best to 51.21.
Liemarvin Bonevacia set a Dutch indoor record and world lead of 45.99 in the men's 400m final and reigning European indoor champion Nadine Visser won the women's 60m hurdles title in 7.90 ahead of 19-year-old Zoe Sedney who broke the eight second-barrier for the first time with 7.98.
Her older sister Naomi won the 60m title in 7.28, edging out Jamile Samuel who was credited with the same time.
2016 European heptathlon champion Anouk Vetter also had a good weekend. She set lifetime bests of 6.42m in the long jump and 8.21 in the 60m hurdles.
Full results here.
Elsewhere around Europe...
Reigning European indoor triple jump champion Ana Peleteiro set a season's best of 14.21m at the Spanish Indoor Championships in Madrid. 19-year-old Maria Vicente won the pentathlon title with a national record of 4501 points.
At the Swiss Indoor Championships in Magglingen, Ajla Del Ponte won the 60m and 200m titles in 7.15 and 23.39 respectively. Silvan Wicki won the men's 60m title in a national record of 6.59 and William Reais also won the 200m in a national record of 20.97.
Merel Maes, who only turned 16 last month, improved to 1.91m in the high jump at the Belgian Indoor Championships in Gent. Fanny Smets cleared a national indoor record of 4.53m in the pole vault and former world U20 bronze medallist Eliott Crestan won the 800m in 1:46.83.
At the Czech Indoor Championships in Ostrava, Vit Muller and Lada Vondrova won the 400m titles in 46.31 and 52.20 respectively. On the day of his 30th birthday, Pavel Maslak dropped down in distance to win the 200m title in 20.84.
Lotta Kemppinen improved her Finnish 60m record to 7.16 at the Finnish Indoor Championships in Jyvaskyla.
At the Swedish Indoor Championships in Malmo, Wictor Petterson won the shot put title with 21.13m. Fanny Roos won the women's shot put title with 18.51m.
Reigning European indoor 60m champion Jan Volko set a big season's best of 6.61 at the Slovakian Indoor Championships in Bratislava.
European U20 long jump bronze medallist Holly Mills set a pentathlon lifetime best of 4557 points in Manchester, one of three selection events for Torun 2021. Sophie McKinna produced another highlight across the three meetings with a lifetime best of 18.54m in the shot put.
At a micro-meeting in Abbotstown, Dublin on Saturday, Mark English set an Irish indoor 800m record of 1:46.10, fending off 18-year-old Cian McPhillips who was also inside the previous record with 1:46.13. Phil Healy won the women's 400m in 51.99.