Stockholm, Sweden – For the 8th straight year the Stockholm Globe Arena was sold out – 10,500 spectators – for the GE Galan – IAAF Indoor Permit meeting – and those that came to see new World 60m Hurdles record holder** Susanna Kallur perform her magic once more this winter were not disappointed.
Despite a somewhat sluggish start and despite not taking the lead until after the second hurdle Kallur won by over one and a half metre in 7.74 seconds lowering the arena record by 0.06 and missing her own World record by the same margin.
The top field event qualitywise was the women's Long Jump where a 6.78m leap only brought 4th place for Tatyana Kotova. Ahead of the Russian, South Africa’s Karin Mey improved her national record to 6.85m, Portugal’s Naide Gomes her national record to 6.93m, while Russia's Irina Simagina produced 6.96m, the new world season leading mark.
In the men's 1000m, it was just inexperience that prevented Sudanese teenager Abubaker Kaki, 19, from snatching the World indoor record from legend Wilson Kipketer. Kaki let the pace slip a little when the pacesetter had concluded his work and actually was challenged when the last lap began by Kenyan Richard Kiplagat. But then Kaki stepped on the accelerator again and with a 26.5 last lap he went from three seconds behind the World record pace of Kipketer to just 0.81 at the finish, 2:15.77, the fastest ever indoor time by a junior.