New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

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New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Shalane Flanagan 2009 Boston.jpg
Shalane Flanagan and Sentayehu Ejigu at the 2009 edition
Date January or February
Location Roxbury, Boston, United States United States
Event type Track and field
Established 1996
Official site New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, formerly known as the Boston Indoor Games, is an annual indoor track and field meet which is held in late January or early February at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. It was first held in Roxbury, a neighbourhood in Boston, in 1996 and has become one of the foremost events of its type in the United States, alongside the Millrose Games.[1]

The competition is part of USA Track and Field's Visa Championship Series and attracts high caliber athletes, including Olympic and World medalists. Since its inception, a total of six world records have been set at the event.[1] Among them are performances by Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba, who set a world indoor record over 5000 metres in 2005 and improved that mark in 2007.[2] The Boston Indoor Games has also featured numerous national records and United States all-comers records (the best performances recorded on US soil).[3]

The competition has had a number of title sponsors over its history, including adidas in the early 2000s and Reebok from 2005 to 2010.[4][5][6] New Balance became the current title sponsor in 2011.[1] The rights to the event are owned by Global Athletics & Marketing and Mark Wetmore is the meeting director.[7]

At the 2012 meeting, Jenn Suhr broke her own American record in the pole vault, clearing 4.88 m to become the second highest vaulter of all-time.[8]

World records[edit]

Over the course of its history, fiveworld records have been set at the Boston Indoor Games.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality Ref
2008 Two miles 9:10.50 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia [9]
2007 5000 m 14:27.42 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2005 5000 m 14:32.93 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia
2000 4×800 m relay 7:13.94 Global Athletics & Marketing
Joey Woody
Karl Paranya
Rich Kenah
David Krummenacker
 United States
2014 4×800 m relay 7:13.11 USA All Stars
Richard Jones 1:51.01
David Torrence 1:47.46
Duane Solomon 1:47.99
Eric Sowinski 1:46.67
 United States

Meet Records[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref Video
60 m 6.45 Maurice Greene  United States 1999
200 m 20.72 Bryan Bronson  United States 1997
300 m 32.93 Calvin Smith Jr  United States 2011
400 m 45.85 Dave Dopek  United States 1997
500 m 1:01.84 Jarrin Solomon  Trinidad and Tobago 8 February 2014 [10]
600 m 1:15.90 Osmar dos Santos  Brazil 2004
800 m 1:47.92 Rich Kenah  United States 1997
1000 m 2:17.86 David Krummenacker  United States 2002
1500 m 3:38.15 Bernard Lagat  Kenya 2003
Mile 3:53.18 Laban Rotich  Kenya 2005
3000 m 7:32.87 Hagos Gebrhiwet  Ethiopia 3 February 2013 [11]
Two miles 8:16.15 Paul Bitok  Kenya 6 February 2000
5000 m 13:11.50 Bernard Lagat  United States 6 February 2010 [12] [1]
60 m hurdles 7.49 Terrence Trammell  United States 6 February 2010 [12] [2]
High jump 2.29 m Brian Brown  United States 1998
Pole vault 6.06 m Steven Hooker  Australia 2009
Triple jump 16.93 m LaMark Carter  United States 1998
Shot put 21.66 m Adam Nelson  United States 2005
4 x 400 metres relay 3:05.66 Team Nike  United States 2002
4×800 m relay 7:13.11 US All Stars
Richard Jones 1:51.01
David Torrence 1:47.46
Duane Solomon 1:47.99
Eric Sowinski 1:46.67
 United States 8 February 2014 [13]

Women[edit]

Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
60 m 7.07 Murielle Ahouré  Côte d'Ivoire 3 February 2013 [11]
200 m 22.99 Muna Lee  United States 2005
300 m 37.07 Deedee Trotter  United States 4 February 2012 [14][15]
400 m 51.88 Natasha Hastings  United States 2011
800 m 1:57.79 Jolanda Čeplak  Slovenia 2002
1000 m 2:35.29 Regina Jacobs  United States 6 February 2000
1500 m 3:59.98 Regina Jacobs  United States 2003
Mile 4:27.90 Lindsey Gallo  United States 2009
2000 m 5:41.10 Kim Conley  United States 8 February 2014 [16]
3000 m 8:30.05 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 2005
Two miles 9:10.50 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 2008 [9]
5000 m 14:27.42 Tirunesh Dibaba  Ethiopia 2007
60 m hurdles 7.85 Gail Devers  United States 2004
High jump 1.95 m Chaunte Howard  United States 2006
Pole vault 4.88 m Jennifer Suhr  United States 4 February 2012 [15][17]
Long jump 6.67 m Tori Bowie  United States 8 February 2014 [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Willis among headliners at track event. ESPN (2011-01-03). Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  2. ^ Morse, Parker (2007-01-28). Dibaba shatters her World indoor 5000m record - 14:27.42 in Boston. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  3. ^ Records. New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  4. ^ Tulu, Dragila, Dibaba, Capel join Gebrselassie in Boston. IAAF (2004-01-08). Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  5. ^ Morse, Parker (2005-01-27). Bekele to open season at tenth Boston Indoor Games - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  6. ^ Fast 5000s in Boston - Dibaba dominates, Lagat breaks US record. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  7. ^ Goucher, Trammell Added to Boston Indoor Games Fields. New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (2009-02-03). Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  8. ^ Morse, Parker (2012-02-05). Suhr scales 4.88m national record in Boston. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-05.
  9. ^ a b Morse, Parker (2008-01-28). Defar runs 9:10.50 Two Miles World best in Boston. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-22.
  10. ^ "500m Results". www.nbindoorgrandprix.com. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  11. ^ a b David Monti (3 February 2013). "Gebrhiwet gets the plaudits, three world leads in Boston". IAAF. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Boston Indoor Games 2010 Complete Results". SAA. 6 February 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "4×800m Relay Results". www.nbindoorgrandprix.com. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "300m Dash Results". www.flashresults.com. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Parker Morse (5 February 2012). "Suhr scales 4.88m national record in Boston". IAAF. 
  16. ^ "2000m Results". www.nbindoorgrandprix.com. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Pole Vault Results". www.flashresults.com. 4 February 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Long Jump Results". www.nbindoorgrandprix.com. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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