Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting 2023: Athletes to watch out for

We will now take a look at some of these athletes who will aim for breaking the records at the Villa de Madrid Indoor Meeting 2023.

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By Abhiruchi Rout | Feb 21, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The Villa De Madrid Indoor Meeting 2023, also known as the World Indoor Tour Madrid, is scheduled to take place on February 22 in Madrid, Spain. This is the sixth and penultimate event of the World Athletics Indoor gold tour and hence, will feature many world top-level athletes in the competition. We will now take a look at some of these athletes who will aim for breaking the records and give a sensational performance in this indoor gold meeting.

Women’s 60m

In 2023, the newly crowned Spanish champion Jal Bestué (7.19) will compete against four other athletes who have personal bests under 7.20, beginning with the American Kayla White (7.10 PB), who has twice raced under 7.13. The Nigerien Aminatou Seyni joins with a best time of 7.16, recorded on this course. She previously finished fourth in the 200 m at the World Championships in Oregon with a timing of 21.98. T he young Dutch N’Ketia Seedo and the Portuguese Arialis Gandulla stopped the clock at 7.14 and 7.18, respectively. In addition to Bestué, two Spanish 4100 m record holders who reached a remarkable fifth world ranking in 2022 will compete: Sonia Molina-Prados (7.46) and Paula Sevilla (7.46).

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Men’s 400m

In his final match before defending the European title in Istanbul, Óscar Husillos (45.58), the Spanish record holder and European champion, will be the opponent to beat. Husillos will compete against fellow countrymen Iñaki Cañal (45.89), Manu Guijarro (46.07), and Lucas Búa (46.43), who were second, third, and fourth in the Spanish Championship. The opponent they have to overcome is the Danish athlete Benjamin Lobo Vedel (46.45), who finished fourth in the World Cup in Belgrade and won the World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe.

Women’s 800m

The field comprises the two finest African 800 runners at the moment: Noélie Yarigo of Benin (1:58.48), who is ranked second in the world in 2023, and Kenyan Mary Moraa (2:00.61), who is the Commonwealth and Diamond League winner. Moraa ran outdoors in 2022 in 1:56.71, becoming the ninth African to accomplish this feat. Both will compete against the winners of the World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe, Anita Horvat of Slovenia (2:00.44), and Madrid, 2022 champion Catriona Bisset of Australia. The field also includes Spanish champion Lorea Ibarzabal (2:01.00), who is in the prime of his career.

Men’s 1500m

It is impossible to discuss a clear favourite because there are so many names. Mohamed Katir of Spain, a 1500 and 5000 m world (bronze) and European (silver) medallist, and the European record holder over 3000 m indoor, might be the contender. A prominent candidate is American Yared Nuguse, who has so far in 2023 broken the North American marks for the 1500-meter run (3:33.22), mile run (3:47.38), and 3000-meter run (7:28.24). The field also includes current Spanish champion Mario Garca Romo and present Spanish 3000 m winner Adel Mechaal. Another strong competitor is Grant Fisher, who established American records for the 3000 m (7:28.48), 5000 m (12:46.96), and 10,000 m (26:33.84).

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Men’s High Jump

Miltiadis Tentoglou, the Olympic and world indoor champion, will attempt to win again in Madrid after winning four years ago. At 8.41 m, the Greek is ranked first in the world and hopes to capture his third straight championship at the European Championships in Istanbul. It will be difficult for the long jumpers to claim a victory over the Greek athlete, considering his brilliance. However, Thobias Montler, Maykel Massó, Eusebio Cáceres and Jaime Guerra, the most recent Spanish champion will definitely attempt for it.

Women’s Shot put

The top competition at Madrid will feature Chase Ealey, the current outdoor world champion, Auriol Dongmo, the current indoor champion, the outdoor European champion Jessica Schilder and the Commonwealth Games champion Sarah Miton. Ealey is the top-ranked woman in the world and the only one to clear 20 metres (20.03 m) in 2023.

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