News14 Feb 2022

World medallists Visser and Ugen return to Madrid


Nadine Visser wins the 60m hurdles at the 2021 World Indoor Tour Gold meeting in Madrid (© Getty Images)

World indoor medallists Nadine Visser and Lorraine Ugen have been announced for the final meeting in the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series in Madrid on 2 March.

Visser already knows how to win in Madrid as she did it a year ago, improving her own Dutch 60m hurdles record to 7.81. The 27-year-old will race again at CDM Gallur, but this time the record to beat is 7.77, which Visser set on her way to her second European title in Torun last year.

Visser also claimed bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in 2018. Outdoors, she finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympics, sixth at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and seventh at the 2017 World Championships in London in the 100m hurdles.

Ugen, meanwhile, is a fellow world indoor bronze medallist, having leapt a then British indoor record of 6.93m to make the podium at the 2016 event in Portland. One year later, the 30-year-old won silver at the European Indoor Championships in Belgrade with a national indoor record of 6.97m.

She claimed victory earlier this month at another World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meeting – the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix – where she triumphed with a leap of 6.71m.

Outdoors, her best of 7.05m from 2018 is just 2cm off the outright national record.

Joining them in Madrid will be Anna Kielbasinska, who will try to improve her Polish indoor 400m record of 51.10 set earlier this month in Ostrava by dipping under 51 seconds.

After her 51.92 victory at the INIT Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe, Kielbasinska leads the World Indoor Tour Gold standings with 10 points along with USA’s Wadeline Jonathas.

Already announced for the meeting on home soil are Spain’s Orlando Ortega, Adel Mechaal and Marta Perez.

Organisers for World Athletics