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News05 Dec 2014

Karlsruhe indoor meeting looks to Holzdeppe to raise the rafters


German pole vaulter Raphael Holzdeppe (© Getty Images)

Germany’s world pole vault champion Raphael Holzdeppe will compete at the Karlsruhe indoor meeting on 31 January, the first of the 2015 IAAF Indoor Permit meetings, the organisers announced on Friday (5).

After his triumph in Moscow, Holzdeppe struggled with a series of injuries during last winter. His drop of form during the early part of the summer – and an admitted lack of confidence as a result of his modest results – meant he brought a premature end to his 2014 campaign in mid-June and he missed the European Championships in August.

“However, I feel fit again,” said Holzdeppe cheerfully from South Africa, where he is currently training.

Although he has not announced his full schedule, his outing in Karlsruhe is likely to be his first competition in more than seven months.

Holzdeppe is targeting the German Indoor Championships, which are also in Karlsruhe, on 21-22 February, and, if he qualifies, the European Indoor Championships in Prague the following month.

He will be joined in Karlsruhe by German sprinter Verena Sailer, ensuring considerable local interest in the well-known meeting where Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba broke the world indoor 1500m earlier this year.

Organisers for the IAAF