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Sailer and Rief confirmed for Karlsruhe

Christian Reif sails to a world-leading 8.47m in Barcelona (/ Bongarts)Christian Reif sails to a world-leading 8.47m in Barcelona (/ Bongarts) © Copyright
Germany's reigning European champions Verena Sailer and Christian Rief are the first stars confirmed for the BW-Bank Meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany on 13 February, the fifth IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting of 2011.

The 25-year-old Sailer cruised to the European 100m title in Barcelona last summer with a sizzling 11.10 personal best. She is also the reigning continental indoor 60m bronze medallist, and is again expected to be in the hunt for a podium finish at the European indoor championships in Paris later this winter.

Reif, 26, stunned the athletics world with his gold medal performance in the Long Jump in Barcelona where he leaped 8.47m, the farthest in the world in 2010. His 8.10m indoor career best was set at the national championships in 2010 at Karlsruhe's Europahalle, and he'll be aiming to improve on that as he looks towards his first European indoor championships appearance.

Organizers for the IAAF