Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix

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Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix
NationalIndoorArena.jpg
The NIA Arena hosts the meeting
Date Mid-February
Location Birmingham, United Kingdom United Kingdom
Event type Track and field
Established 2006
Official site UKA page

The Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix, formerly known as Aviva Grand Prix, is an annual indoor track and field competition which is held in mid-February at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. It is one of a handful of events to hold IAAF Indoor Permit Meetings status.[1] As one of the later major meetings of the indoor athletics season, it often serves as preparation for the biennial European Athletics Indoor Championships and IAAF World Indoor Championships. The meeting is directed by former athlete Ian Stewart and attracts numerous high calibre athletes including World and Olympic medallists.[2]

The event is one of three indoor athletics competitions in the United Kingdom which are sponsored by Sainsbury's, alongside the Sainsbury's UK Indoor Championships and the Sainsbury's International Match in Glasgow.[3] The Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix was previously known as the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix prior to the sponsor's rebranding as Aviva in 2009.[4]

Gabriela Szabo broke the indoor world record in the women's 3000 metres at the 2001 edition of the event, setting a time of 8:32.88 minutes.[5]

The Indoor Grand Prix venue has also been used for international level competitions, hosting the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

World records[edit]

Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at the Aviva Indoor Grand Prix.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality
2008 Two miles 8:04.35 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia
2007 2000 m 4:49.99 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia
2004 5000 m 12:49.60 Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia
2000 1000 m 2:14.96 Wilson Kipketer  Denmark

Meeting records[edit]

The men's 3000 metres race at the 2010 edition
Dayron Robles, 2008 Olympic champion, lining up for the 60 metres hurdles
Tirunesh Dibaba competing against Sentayehu Ejigu in Birmingham

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
60 m 6.47 Lerone Clarke  Jamaica 18 February 2012 [6][7]
200 m 20.30 Shawn Crawford  United States 17 February 2002
400 m 45.14 Michael Johnson  United States 20 February 1993
800 m 1:44.52 Mohamed Aman  Ethiopia 15 February 2014 [8]
1000 m 2:14.96 World Record Wilson Kipketer  Denmark 20 February 2000
1500 m 3:33.10 Deresse Mekonnen  Ethiopia 20 February 2010
2000 m 4:49.99 World Record Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 17 February 2007 [9]
3000 m 7:32.43 Bernard Lagat  United States 17 February 2007 [10]
Two miles 8:04.35 World Record Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 16 February 2008
5000 m 12:49.60 World Record Kenenisa Bekele  Ethiopia 20 February 2004
60 m hurdles 7.38 Colin Jackson  United Kingdom 26 February 1994
400 m hurdles 49.76 Felix Sanchez  Dominican Republic 19 February 2011 [11][12] [1]
High jump 2.40 m Javier Sotomayor  Cuba 26 February 1994
Pole vault 5.82 m Sergey Bubka  Ukraine 15 February 1998
Long jump 8.31 m Irving Saladino  Panama 17 February 2007 [13]
Triple jump 17.57 m Phillips Idowu  United Kingdom 19 February 2011 [14]
Shot put 21.12 m Reese Hoffa  United States 17 February 2007 [2]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
60 m 6.99 Murielle Ahouré  Côte d'Ivoire 16 February 2013 [15]
200 m 22.38 Veronica Campbell  Jamaica 18 February 2005
400 m 50.60 Nicola Sanders  United Kingdom 17 February 2007 [16]
800 m 1:57.61 Stephanie Graf  Austria 17 February 2002
1500 m 4:00.83 Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 16 February 2013 [17]
Mile 4:23.53 Gelete Burka  Ethiopia 20 February 2010
3000 m 8:30.26 Sentayehu Ejigu  Ethiopia 19 February 2011 [18][19]
Two miles 9:00.48 World Record Genzebe Dibaba  Ethiopia 15 February 2014 [20]
60 m hurdles 7.75 Susanna Kallur  Sweden 18 February 2008
Pole vault 4.88 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 18 February 2005
Long jump 6.80 m Shara Proctor  Great Britain 18 February 2012 [21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burka targeting indoor Mile record in Birmingham. IAAF (2010-02-15). Retrieved on 2011-02-19.
  2. ^ Thomas, Abigail (2009-01-02). Six more World and Olympic medallists join Birmingham line-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-19.
  3. ^ "Aviva Series Results". www.uka.org.uk. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  4. ^ Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix. Euro Meetings. Retrieved on 2011-02-19.
  5. ^ Turner, Chris (2001-02-18). Szabo smashes world indoor 3000 metres record in Birmingham. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-19.
  6. ^ "60 Metres Results". www.uka.org.uk. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Matthew Brown (18 February 2012). "Liu Xiang, Clarke, Ennis and Defar delight Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Matthew Brown (15 February 2014). "Dibaba smashes two miles world best in Birmingham, Aman 800m in 1:44.52". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Gardener edges Pickering in final". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Gardener edges Pickering in final". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  11. ^ "400 Metres Hurdles Results". www.uka.org.uk. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  12. ^ Matthew Brown (2011-02-19). "Eight world leads, European 5000m record for Farah in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Gardener edges Pickering in final". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  14. ^ "Triple Jump Results". www.uka.org.uk. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  15. ^ Matthew Brown (16 February 2013). "Ahouré’s sub-seven sprint steals the show in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Gardener edges Pickering in final". www.news.bbc.co.uk. 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  17. ^ Matthew Brown (16 February 2013). "Ahouré’s sub-seven sprint steals the show in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "3000 Metres Results". www.uka.org.uk. 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  19. ^ Matthew Brown (2011-02-19). "Eight world leads, European 5000m record for Farah in Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  20. ^ Matthew Brown (15 February 2014). "Dibaba smashes two miles world best in Birmingham, Aman 800m in 1:44.52". IAAF. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Long Jump Results". www.uka.org.uk. 18 February 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  22. ^ Matthew Brown (18 February 2012). "Liu Xiang, Clarke, Ennis and Defar delight Birmingham". IAAF. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 

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