The Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Trophy EDF will take place Thursday, 17th February 2022 at the Stade Couvert Arena in Liévin.
Ranked the #1 indoor meet in 2021, receiving the highest score ever achieved, the meet will again be apart of the prestigious Gold World Tour, which brings together seven of the best international meets.
The Tour attracts the best athletes in the world and deems the Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Trophy Meet as one of the not-to-be-missed events of the indoor season. The meet in Liévin will be the perfect opportunity for many athletes to mark great performances and hit minimums before the Indoor World Championship in Belgrade on the 18th-20th March 2022.
Many athletes, some who are already familiar with the meet, quickly accepted the invitation from the organization:
Ethiopian Gudaf Tsegay, who beat the world record in the 1500m at Liévin last year and also finished third at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the 5000m, will be at the start for the mile.
The 20 year-old Norwegian prodigy, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, already an Olympic Champion in the 1500m, announced that he will return the the Hauts-de-France region with goals to try and beat the Indoor World Record in the 1500m. Last year, he not only won at Liévin but he also broke the European Indoor record with a time of 3:31.80.
American Grant Holloway, who put on a show last year at Liévin in the 60m Hurdles has also accepted the invitation for this year’s meet. The sensational hurdler ran a time of 7.32, beating the American record and running the world’s second-best performance of all time. He went on later to beat the world record at the meet in Madrid, just after his victory in Liévin.
The Olympic Champion in the 10,000 Selemon Barega from Ethiopia marked the third-best performance of all time in the 3000m last year at Liévin with a time of 7:26.10 (just ahead of Haile Gebrselassie’s 7:26.15 in 1998) is coming with goals to beat the world record which currently stands at 7:24.90.
The reigning Olympic Champion in the 100m and 4x100m and last year’s winner of the 60m at Liévin, Marcell Jacobs of Italy will also be at the starting line for the 60m.
Also to note is Hugues Fabrice Zango, the Burkinabé who is licensed with Artois Athletics Club here in the region. Zango is the world record-holder in the triple jump as well as the bronze medalist of the Tokyo Olympics.
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The events are :
Femmes : 800m / mile / 3000m / 60m haies / Perche / Longueur
Hommes : 60m / 800m / 1500m / 2000m / 3000m / 60m haies / perche / Triple saut
The meetings of the world indoor tour Gold :
28 Janvier – Karlsruhe, Allemagne
29 Janvier – Manhattan NY, USA
6 Février – Staten Island NY, USA
17 Février – Liévin, France
19 Février – Birmingham, Grande-Bretagne
22 Février – Torun, Pologne
2 Mars – Madrid, Espagne