One week from today, the starter’s gun will sound the start of the 104th edition of the Millrose Games in New York City, one of the world’s longest standing sporting events let alone athletics meetings. The traditional annual gathering at New York City’s fabled Madison Square Garden will also signal the start of the 2011 IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting season, an action-packed four-week series of the world’s finest indoor athletics competitions.
Eight days after Millrose, the IAAF indoor tour will cross the Atlantic and land in Stuttgart for the 25th edition of the Sparkassen-Cup (5 February) to begin the European season which concludes with the XL Galan in Stockholm on 22 February.
Unlike the 2010 indoor campaign, which climaxed with the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, there are no global titles to chase for most international athletes this indoor season, opening the door to the possibility of World record assaults and tantalising duels. European athletes will of course be gunning for continental bragging rights at the European Indoor Championships in Paris from 4-6 March.
As a whole, 2010 witnessed three World records indoors – Frenchman Teddy Tamgho’s sensational 17.90m leap to take Triple Jump gold at the World Indoor Championships; Ashton Eaton’s 6499-point tally in the men’s Heptathlon; and an 8:12.41 clocking by a Russian quartet to take down the women’s 4x800m Relay mark in Moscow.
You can follow all the action on the IAAF website’s dedicated Indoor Permit section here: http://www.iaaf.org/WIM11/index.html
Click here for the Calendar of 2011 IAAF Indoor Permit meetings - http://www.iaaf.org/WIM11/results/index.html