The next indoor track & field European Championships will be held in Torun, Poland in March 2021, on 4.3.-7.3.2021. See the schedule of the competition and further information!
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. The previous indoor European Championships were held in 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.
European Indoor Championships 2021 – Schedule
The Torun event begins on Thursday, March 3rd with an evening session and thereafter both morning and evening sessions are competed daily from Friday to Sunday.
Thursday March 4th
Friday March 5th, Morning
|10:00||Pentathlon 60 m hurdles||W|| |
|10:52||Pentathlon, High jump||W|| |
|13:05||Pentathlon, shot put||W|| |
Friday March 5th, Evening
|19:00||Pentathlon, long jump||W|| |
|20:45||Pentathlon 800 m||W||Final|
Saturday March 6th, Morning
|10:00||Heptathlon, 60 m||M|| |
|10:42||Heptathlon, long jump||M|| |
|11:30||60 m hurdles||W||Heats|
|12:10||60 m hurdles||M||Heats|
|12:15||Heptathlon, shot put||M|| |
Saturday March 6th, Evening
|18:50||Heptathlon, high jump||M|| |
Sunday March 7th, Morning
|10:00||Heptathlon, 60 m hurdles||M|| |
|12:00||Heptathlon, high jump||M|| |
|13:00||60 m hurdles||M||Semi-finals|
|13:20||60 m hurdles||W||Semi-finals|
Sunday March 7th, Evening
|17:00||60 m hurdles||M||Final|
|17:15||60 m hurdles||W||Final|
|17:30||Heptathlon 1000 m||M||Final|
|18:57||4 x 400 m relay||M||Final|
|19:10||4 x 400 m relay||W||Final|
European Indoor Championships 2021 - Entry Standards
Performance must be achieved between May 1st 2019 – Feb 24th 2021.
|60 m||6,77||10,20 (100m)|
|1500 m||3.45,00 / 4.01,00 (mile)||3.37,00 / 3.55,00 (mile)|
|60 m hurdl.||7,88||13,60 (110 m hurdl.)|
|4x400 m||Top 6 teams from rankings||–|
|Heptathlon||Top 12 from rankings||–|
|60 m||7,40||11,15 (100m)|
|1500 m||4.17.00 / 4.35,00 (mile)||4.09,00 / 4.30,00 (mile)|
|60 m aj.||8,25||13,05 (100 m hurdl.)|
|4x400m||6 top teams||–|
|Pentathlon||top 12 from rankings||–|
History & Trivia of European Indoor Championships
2019 Birmingham, Great Britain
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
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
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
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).
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
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.
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
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
(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
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.
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.