Andreas Kramer chasing a record at Spåret 100 GP

On Monday 4 February a new Swedish international indoor athletics meeting, Spåret 100 GP, will take place in Sätra sports hall in the suburbs of Stockholm. The event is part of the 2019 Folksam Grand Prix series and it is the first time an event in the series has been held indoors. Last year’s European 800m silver medallist, Sweden’s Andreas Kramer, will be there to race his specialist distance.


In 2017, Kramer broke the national 800m record at the Folksam GP meeting in Karlstad and won gold at the European U23 Championships but his big breakthough came with the European silver medal in Berlin. His goals for this year’s indoor season are clear – the Swedish record and a medal at the European Indoor Championships.

- I’ve been in South Africa for a few weeks and training has gone perfectly. I ran a 400m race in Norway last weekend which gave me the confirmation I was looking for. I’m not exactly a rocket out of the blocks but once I was underway, it was fast, said Andreas who will run his first 800m of the season at the weekend in Karlsruhe.

- It will be two 800m races in just a couple of days, but I think it’s good preparation for Glasgow, where I’m obviously aiming for as good a race as in Berlin last year. I broke the Swedish record last summer and even if the Swedish indoor record is tough (1:45.91 by Martin Enholm), I know that it’s within reach. If I can just get a good race, it could be broken on Monday in Sätra.

The strongest opposition on Monday will come from Australians, Peter Bol, who won the 800m at the Stockholm Diamond League meeting last year, in a pb of 1:44.56, and Joseph Deng who holds the Australian record of 1:44.21.

Spåret 100 GP commemorates athletics club, Spårvägen FK’s 100 jubilee which is being celebrated throughout 2019. The meeting will be broadcast live on Sweden’s TV12, starting at 19:00. The start field includes many of Sweden’s biggest names in athletics, pole vault record holder, Angelica Bengtsson, European Indoor long jump gold medallist, Michel Tornéus, long jumper Khaddi Sagnia and promising high jumper Fabian Delryd are some of the names confirmed for the competition.

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International indoor athletics return to Sweden after 3 years.On Monday 4 February a new Swedish international indoor athletics meeting, Spåret 100 GP, will take place in Sätra sports hall in the suburbs of Stockholm. The event is part of the 2019 Folksam Grand Prix series and it is the first time an event in the series has been held indoors.
An interesting Swedish name on the women’s 1500m start list is 2018’s middle distance rising star, Hanna Hermansson. Her goal on her indoor debut at the distance is to qualify for the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow.

Hanna’s career reads like a fairy tale. She only started training properly for athletics in the winter of 2015 and within four years she has managed to reach the 800m semi final in the 2017 World Champsionships in London and to the 1500m final at the European Championships in Berlin last summer.

The 1500m qualifying time for the European Championships, which take place the first weekend in March is 4:16 and Hanna will face tough opposition from Ethiopian and world championship medallist, Axumawit Embaye, as well as fellow Swedes Linn Nilsson, Lisa Havell and Anna Silvander.

Spåret 100 GP commemorates athletics club, Spårvägen FK’s 100 years jubilee which is being celebrated throughout 2019. The meeting will be broadcast live on Sweden’s TV12, starting at 19:00. The start field includes many of Sweden’s biggest names in athletics together with a good number of international stars, also chasing the qualification for Glasgow. Last year’s European 800m silver medallist, Andreas Kramer, Swedish pole vault record holder, Angelica Bengtsson, European Indoor long jump gold medallist, Michel Tornéus and promising high jumper Fabian Delryd are some of the names already confirmed for the competition.

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