World record assaults by Kaki and Defar top a strong programme in Stockholm - PREVIEW
21 February 2011 – Stockholm, Sweden – A slew of impressive fields are on tap at the Ericsson Globe Arena as the IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting series reaches its climax at the XL-Galan in Stockholm on Tuesday (22).
The stop of the international indoor circuit is already into its third decade after having premiered in 1990. Throughout the meeting’s history it has been the jumping events and the middle and long distances races that have provided most of the highlights - which includes no less than seven World indoor records, 30 Swedish indoor records and a large but unknown number of other national indoor records!
Looking at the start lists for the 2011 XL-Galan it is immediately obvious that the 22nd edition has every intention of living up to that great tradition by once more featuring impressive fields, especially in the men's 1000m, Long Jump and Triple Jump and the women's 1500m, 3000m, High Jump and Pole Vault.
In the 1000m Abubaker Kaki's target is Wilson Kipketer's World indoor record of 2:14.96 set almost to the day 11 years ago in Birmingham.
Also building upon an impressive perfect record in the Arena on Tuesday evening will be Ethiopian Meseret Defar. After setting a new World indoor record at 5000m two years ago (14:24.37) and missing that record by a tantalizing 0.42 seconds last year, Defar this year has taken aim upon her own World Indoor record at 3000m.