Madrid 2022: Preview Women’s 1500m World Athletics Indoor Tour Meeting

Madrid 2022: Preview Women’s 1500m World Athletics Indoor Tour Meeting

Olympic 5000m bronze medallist Gudaf Tsegay will be looking to improve her own world indoor record of 3:53.09 set in Liévin last year. The 24-year-old Ethiopian athlete won the mile in Liévin in 4:21.72 despite a fall in the first lap and set the second fastest time in history clocking 3:54.77 in Torun last week.

Tsegay will line up against four Olympic 1500 metres finalists: her fellow Ethiopian rival Freweyni Hailu, Oceanian record holder Jessica Hull and fellow Australian runner Linden Hall and Spanish champion Marta Perez.

Freweyni Hailu finished fourth at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 3:57.60 in the fastest 1500m final in history. Hailu moved up to third in the Ethiopian all-time list with 3:56.28 in Monaco and to fourth in the 800m with 1:57.57 in Chorzow. In this year’s World Indoor Tour Gold season Hailu finished third in two 1500m races in Karlsruhe in 4:02.66 and Torun in 4:02.50.

The other top Ethiopian athletes are Hirut Meshesha and Lemlem Hailu.

Meshesha finished second in the 1500m in Karlsruhe in 4:02.14 and third in the mile in Liévin in 4:27.19. Lemlem Hailu set her PB in the 3000m clocking 8:29.28 in Madrid last year and finished second in 4:02.25 in the 1500 metres in Torun.

The best non-Ethiopian runner in the line-up is Australia’s Jessica Hull, who set the Oceanian outdoor record in the 1500m clocking 3:58.81 in the Olympic semifinal in Tokyo before finishing 11th in the final. Hull also set Oceanian records in the indoor 1500m with 4:04.14 in Boston in 2020 in the mile indoors with 4:24.06 in New York in 2022 and holds the Australian outdoor records in the 3000m with 8:36.03, in the 5000m with 14:43.80 and in the indoor 3000m with 8:39.79. Hull will face her compatriot Linden Hall, who finished sixth in the Olympic final in the 1500m in 3:59.01.

The Spanish hopes are carried by Marta Perez, who finished ninth in the 1500m Olympic final in Tokyo setting the Spanish second fastest time in history with 4:02.12, and Esther Guerrero, who won the 1500m in the World Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Staten Island. Guerrero leads 11-10 in her career head-to-head clashes against Perez. Perez placed fourth in four Diamond League races last year and set the Spanish second best indoor 3000 time in Staten Island with 8:44.40. Guerrero broke the national indoor record in the mile clocking 4:28.54 in Liévin.

Marta Perez: “Gallur is the neighborhood track for me. It’s close to my home and I have been running in this meeting for years. It’s a meeting I like to run at. It makes me excited, and I want to run in a fast race, like tomorrow’s one probably will be. I think I can improve my PB of 4:07.37”.

The line-up  is completed by European under 23 champion Gaia Sabbatini, who set the second fastest Italian time in history in the 1500m with 4:02.25 in the Olympic Games semifinal in Tokyo and won the 800m national indoor title in 2:01.07, and Meraf Bahta from Sweden, who won the European gold medal in the 5000m in Zurich 2014.


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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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