Moscow hopes for 600m world best, expects high jump world record attempts


The Russian capital is currently frozen, with temperatures around minus 20 degrees Celsius, but the traditional Russian Winter indoor meeting, the second of this winter’s IAAF Indoor Permit meetings, should warm things up on Sunday (2).

Ethiopia’s Mohammed Aman, the reigning World 800m champion indoors and out, will be one of those trying to raise the temperature in the CSKA Arena.

Aman has very fond memories of his last trip to Moscow in August, when he won at the 2013 World Championships, and he is now aiming for the World 600m indoor best which has stood to the Germany’s Nico Motchebon at 1:15.12 since 1999.

Still only 20, he has not lost a single race in Moscow throughout his whole career and came very close to that mark in 2013 edition of the Russian Winter meeting, clocking 1:15.60.

This year, the organizers have prepared a strong list of competitors, who should push him even harder.

Among those, is Poland’s Adam Kszczot, the second-fastest man in history over 600m indoors, who holds meeting record at 1:15.26 when he won two years ago. The two-time European indoor 800m champion arrives in the Russian capital fresh from an impressive win in Dusseldorf over four laps of the track on Thursday night.


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