Liévin Indoor Meet is INSANE – 1500 and 3000 World Records Could Fall – Ingebrigtsen, Jacobs, Duplantis, Warholm, Bol, Tsegay, Fisher

February 14, 2023

The fields assembled for Wednesday’s World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold event in Liévin, France — the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais — are INSANE. Block off two hours from your day and watch this meet (3-5 p.m. ET, 9-11 p.m. local, UTC+1). Start lists here.

Gudaf Tsegay (3:53.09) and Jakob Ingebrigtsen (3:30.60) return to the track where they broke the 1500m world records, Tsegay in 2021, Ingebrigtsen last year. Expect two more world record attempts. (We hope to have a 1500m pacing update on Wednesday).

Will Gudfay Tsegay break her 3:53.09 1500 WR on Wed?

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Will Jakob Ingebrigtsen break his 3:30.60 1500 WR on Wed?

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However, the most exciting distance race is the men’s 3000m, which will be a world record attempt (7:24.90) with a loaded field. Lamecha Girma (7:27.98 pb, 3 steeple silvers) of Ethiopia leads the field, and will be challenged by Thierry Ndikumwenayo (7:25.93 pb) of Burundi, Jakob Krop (silver in 5000 in Eugene) of Kenya, and Grant Fisher of the USA. The 3,000m is so good it gets its own preview here.

Jakob last year in Liévin

The biggest stars at the meet may be in the sprints. The sprints are headlined by Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs, who is looking to three-peat in the flat 60 in Liévin, as well as world record holder Grant Holloway in the men’s 60h.

The 400s are led by two European superstars, as 400h world record holder Karsten Warholm is looking to be the first European man to break 45 indoors in the men’s race, and Femke Bol, who on Saturday just became the first woman in 19 years to break 50.00 indoors (and first ever non-Eastern European — cough, cough — to ever do it) with a 49.96 clocking in Metz, headlines the women’s race. 

Three Olympic champions will be competing in the field. Mondo Duplantis is in the men’s pole vault so you know there will almost certainly be a world record attempt. America’s Olympic champ Katie Moon is in the women’s vault while Olympic long jump champ Miltiadis Tentoglou is in the long jump. 

Will Mondo Duplantis break his 6.20m WR on Wed?

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We haven’t even mentioned women’s 800 with Keely Hodgkinson or men’s 800 or women’s 3000 — read the WA preview here. And to think what motivated us to write this preview was none of that. It was to get you pumped for the men’s 3000.

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