European Athletics Indoor Championships 2023 Istanbul

The next indoor track & field European Championships will be held in Istanbul, Turkey between 2nd and 5th of March 2023. See the schedule of the competition and further information!
Athletics European Indoor Championships 2023 are held in Istanbul.
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Athletics European Indoor Championships 2023 are held in Istanbul.

The first official track & field European Indoor Championships were held in 1970 in Vienna, Austria. However, unofficial indoor European Championships were held four years earlier in Germany. Today, the competition is held every other year, while until 1990 the indoor European Championships were held annually.

In 2023 the indoor European Championships are held in Istanbul, Turkey.

European Athletics Indoor Championships 2023 – Schedule

The Istanbul event begins on Thursday, March 2nd with an evening session and thereafter both morning and evening sessions are competed daily from Friday to Sunday.

Thu 2nd March evening

17:00800 m, Round 1, men
17:05High jump qual, women
17:12Shot put qual, men
17:40800 m, Round 1, women
17:53Triple jump qual, men
18:303000 m, Round 1, women
18:40Shot put qual, women
19:051500 m, Round 1, men

Fri 3rd March morning

07:0060 m hurdles, pentathlon women
07:10Long jump qual, men
07:15Pole vault qual, women
07:45High jump, pentathlon women
07:50400 m, Round 1, men
08:40400 m, Round 1, women
09:10Triple jump qual, women
09:301500 m, Round 1, women
10:0560 m, Round 1, women
10:30Shot put, pentathlon women

Fri 3 March evening

17:00High jump qual, men
17:0560 m, women, semifinaler
17:10Long jump, pentathlon women
17:25Shot put, final men
17:35400 m, semifinaler men
17:55400 m, semifinaler women
18:183000 m, final women
18:35Triple jump, final men
18:401500 m, final men
18:53Shot put, final women
19:05800 m, final pentathlon women
19:4560 m, final women

Sat 4 March morning

07:0060 m, heptathlon men
07:04Pole vault qual, men
07:2060 m, Round 1, women
07:40Long jump, heptathlon men
08:003000 m, Round 1, men
08:3560 m hurdles, Round 1, women
09:05Shot put, heptathlon men
09:10Long jump qual, women
09:2060 m hurdles, Round 1, men

Sat 4 March evening

16:35High jump, heptathlon men
16:4560 m, men, semifinaler
17:05Pole vault, final women
17:15800 m, semifinaler women
17:35800 m, semifinaler men
17:50Triple jump, final women
18:001500 m, final women
18:20400 m, final men
18:30400 m, final women
18:5560 m, final men

Sun 5 March morning

08:0060 m hurdles, heptathlon men
08:12Long jump, final men
08:20High jump, final women
08:3560 m hurdles, semifinal men
08:5560 m hurdles, semifinal women
09:08Pole vault, heptathlon men

Sun 5 March evening

17:05High jump, final men
17:104x400 m relay, final men
17:18Pole vault, final men
17:254x400 m relay, final women
17:401000 m, heptathlon final men
17:50Long jump, final women
18:003000 m, final men
18:22800 m, final men
18:35800 m, final women
18:5560 m hurdles, final women
19:0560 m hurdles, final men

European Athletics Indoor Championships 2023 - Entry Standards

Athletes can qualify in one of two ways:
- By achieving the Entry Standard within the qualification period in accordance with the criteria detailed below.
- By virtue of the World Rankings Position achieved at the end of the qualification period according to the respective Event Ranking Rules (and ranking period). In case of ties, athletes

Qualification period valid for the Entry Standards and the World Rankings:
- For the Combined Events: 18 months from 20 August 2021 to 19 February 2023
- For all other events: 12 months from 20 February 2022 to 19 February 2023 with the next best Performance Score will prevail.


IndoorOutdoorTarget NumberIndoorOutdoor
6,6310,08 (100m)60 m (40)7,2411,10 (100m)
46,3545,15400 m (30)52,250,8
1.46,751.44,70800 m (30)2.02,201.59,00
3.37,403.32,801500 m (27)4.09,004.02,50
7.44,007.37,003000 m (24)8.48,008.39,00
7,6413,30 (110 m H) 8,0312,90 (100 m H)
230230High jump (18)196196
582582Pole vault (18)470470
812812Long jump (18)675675
17,0217,02Triple jump (18)14,3214,32
21,221,2Shot put(18)18,618,6
61408400 (Decathlon)Comb. Events (14)45806650 (Heptathlon)

European Athletics Indoor Championships 2023 - Entries

European Athletics Indoor Championships 2023 – Results

History & Trivia of European Athletics Indoor Championships

2021 Torun, Poland

In women's triple jump we witnessed an intense fight for the gold medals. Patricia Mamona (POR), Ana Peleteiro (ESP) and Neele Eckhardt-Noack (GER) finished within one centimeter with results of 14.53, 14.52 and 14.52. All eight finalists jumped over 14 meters.

2019 Birmingham, Great Britain

Karsten Warholm ran to the victory of 400 metres with a European indoor record. His compatriot Jakob Ingebrigtsen also grabbed the victory in 3000 meters. Laura Muir ran two championships to the delight of the home crowd.

2017 Belgrade, Serbia

Ivana Spanovic pounded as long as 724 in the long jump competition and won the European Championship gold. Kevin Mayer got his first big win in heptathlon with a European record of 6479. In the men’s long jump, Izmir Smajmaj won Albania's first gold medal in the country’s history.

2015 Prague, Czech Republic

Renaud Lavillenie cleared 604 and showed once more that he is a top pole vaulter in Europe. Long jumpers from Sweden took two medals 1) Michel Torneus 830 3) Andreas Otterling 806. Belgium won the men´s 4 x 400 metre relay with a new European record time of 3.02,87.

2013 Gothenburg, Sweden

The Swedes were in shape in their home stadium! Abeba Aregawi won 1500 metres, Ebba Jungmark got silver in high jump, bronze for Moa Hjelmer (400 metres), Emma Green Tregaro (high jump) and Erica Jarder (long jump). Torneus won silver in long jump with a great result of 829. Renaud Lavillenie took the gold medal in the pole vault with 601.

2011 Paris, France

Teddy Tamgho of France jumped a new triple jump world record 17,92. Reanud Lavillenie cleared 603 and took the gold medal.

2009 Turin, Italy

The Swede Johan Wissmann got the only elite competition victory of his career in 400 metres with a time of 45,89. Two golds for Estonia: Mikk Pahapill in heptathlon (6362) and Ksenia Balta in long jump (687).

Sebastian Bayer won gold in long jump with a ghost jump of 871. The winner of pole vault, Renaud Lavillenie, with a result of 581, got his first elite competition medal. Dwain Chambers accelerated the European record to 60,42 in 60 metres.

2007 Birmingham, Great Britain

Double victory for Swedes in a high jump 1) Stefan Holm 234, 2) Linus Thörnblad 231. Italian Assunta Legnante, currently blind and competing as a para-athlete, took the women’s gold in shot-put with a result of 18,92.

2005 Madrid, Spain

The Swedes continue to strike: Holm jumped his lofty record of 240 in high jump, the Kallur twins Susanna and Jenny got a double victory in the 60 metres hurdles, Carolina Kluft got the gold in pentathlon with a result of 4948 and Robert Kronberg won the only elite competition medal of his career in the 60 metres hurdles with a time of 7,65. Yelena Isinbayeva exceeded the indoor world record of 490 in pole vault.

2002 Wien, Austria

The Swedes dominated: gold for Staffan Strand and Christian Olsson, silver for Jimisola Laursen, Holm, Patrik Kristiansson and Kajsa Bergqvist, bronze for Carolina Kluft.

Women´s 800 metres was a thriller with great results: 1) Jolanda Ceplak 1.55,82 WR, 2) Stefanie Graf 1.55,85. A few years later Ceplak was tested positive for EPO.

Svetlana Feofanova won the pole vault with a new European indoor record 475.

2000 Gent, Belgium

18-year-old Russian Yuri Borzakovski achieved his first elite win in the 800 metre race.

1998 Valencia, Spain

Ashia Hansen claimed the triple jump indoor world record of 15,16. Ukranian Anzhela Balakhonova won the women’s pole vault with a world record result of 445.

1996 Stockholm, Sweden

Top duo of men´s pole vault (Dmitri Markov (BLR) – Viktor Tsistjakov (RUS)) moved on later on to represent Australia.

The women’s pole vault was in the elite competition program for the first time. The gold was taken by Island's Vala Flosadottir with a result of 416.

1994 Paris, France

The only elite competition victory in the long career of the British high jumper Dalton Grant, if the 1998 Commonwealth Championship is not included. Grant is remembered for his tremendous starting heights. For example, at the World Championships in Athens in 1997, he started his competition when the bar was set at a height of 232. In Paris, Grant surpassed his previous record of 237.

1992 Geneva, Switzerland

19-year-old Zhanna Tarnopolskaya from the CIS won the women’s 60 metres with a time of 7,17. At the World Championships in Edmonton in 2001, she defeated the legendary Marion Jones in the 100 metres final. By then Tarnopolskaya was married and had changed her last name to Pintusevich.

1990 Glasgow, Great Britain

Women’s triple jump was included for the first time in the elite competition program, albeit only as a show sport. The victory was taken by Soviet Galina Tsistjakova with a result of 14,14. She also won the long jump gold with 685.

1989 Haag, Netherlands

20-year-old French Marie-Jose Perec ran for the victory in the 200 metres race with 23,21.

1988 Budapest, Hungary

Sweden's Patrik Sjöberg won men´s high jump with a great result of 239. During his sporting career he won total of four European Indoor Championships.

1987 Lievin, France

20-year-old Brit Colin Jackson (7,63) was second behind the Finn Arto Bryggare (7,59) in the 60 metre hurdles. 22-year-old German Dieter Baumann took first shot at success and won the silver medal in the 3000 metres race (7.53,93).

1986 Madrid, Spain

Nelli Cooman (NED) set a new world record of 7,00 as she stormed to a victory. Also, long jumpers Robert Emmijan 832 and Heike Drechsler 718 won with a great results.

1985 Pireus, Greece

21-year-old Soviet Sergei Bubka won the gold medal in pole vault with a result of 570.

1984 Gothenburg, Sweden

17-year-old East German Heidi Krieger got bronze in women’s shot-put with a “reasonable” result of 20,18. Her later career stages include the European Championships gold medal in outdoor tracks in 1986 and a gender correction process.

1983 Budapest, Hungary

20-year-old Italian Stefano Tilli got the gold in 60 metres with a time of 6,63. Tilli was still fourth in the same sport in Ghent 17 years later. He was also engaged to Merlele Ottey for some time.

1982 Milan, Italy

The Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova ran a stunning world record time 49,59 in the 400 metre race. The record still stands.

1981 Grenoble, France

Swedish Linda Haglund got a silver in 50 metres with a time of 6,17. Later that year, Haglund got caught of using anabolic steroids.

1980 Sindelfingen, Germany

Polish Zofia Bielczyk won the 60 metre hurdles with a world record time of 7,77. Outdoors, her best elite competition ranking was the last place in the 1980 Moscow Olympics in 100 metre hurdles finals.

1979 Wien, Austria

Polish Marian Woronin won his first of total of four men’s 60 metres European Championships with a time of 6,57. Outdoors, Woronin's record best result in the 100 metre dash was an impressive 10,00. In the women’s 400 metres, Kratochvilova froze to silver.

1978 Milan, Italy

Italy's Pietro Mennea´s career's only European indoor championship medal – 400 metres gold with a time of 46,51.

1977 San Sebastian, Spain

20-year-old Brit Sebastian Coe took his first elite level win in the 800 metres race with a time of 1.46,4. Icelandic shot putter Hreinn Halldorsson won men´s shot put with a result of 20,56.

1976 Munich, Germany

Greek Vassilios Papageorgopoulos got the silver in the men’s 60 metres. Later during his life, he has served as, for example, The Mayor of Thessaloniki and is currently imprisoned for corruption offenses.

1975 Katowice, Poland

West German Thomas Wessinghage won the first of his total of four European Championships in the men´s 1500 metres race.

1974 Gothenburg, Sweden

The hosting coutry won both the men's and women's 4 x 182 metre relays. In both races only two teams participated.

1973 Rotterdam, Netherlands

First gold in major events for the Czech shot putter Helena Fibingerova with the result of 19,08.

1972 Grenoble, France

French Jacky Boxberger won gold in 1500 metres with a time of 3.45,66. Boxberger died in 2001 after having being stomped by an elephant in Kenya.

1971 Sofia, Bulgaria

Antonina Ivanova from the Soviet Union got bronze in the women’s shot-put competition with a result of 18,69. Ivanova (b. 1932) was ninth in the Munich Olympics the following year - the best track & field Olympic ranking in history of the grandma series!

1970 Wien, Austria

The first official indoor track European Championships. Soviet Tõnu Lepik is the men’s long jump champion with the Estonian indoor record of 805.

1969 Belgrade, Yugoslavia

An interesting relay competition was included in the sports program for the third time: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 laps, a total of 1950 metres. In the men’s competition, only the Polish team got a ranking.

1968 Madrid

In the women’s 4 × 182 metres, West German’s winning time was 1.28.8. It was indeed the only team to reach the finish line in that relay.