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XL Galan

The XL Galan is an annual indoor athletics event held in February at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting was first held in 1990 and from 2000 to 2010 known as GE Galan, because General Electric was the official title sponsor. From 2011 to 2015 it is sponsored by Swedish book-trade company XL-BYGG.

Meseret Defar made a world record run in the 5000 metres at the 2009 edition. She returned for a second record attempt in 2010 and finished just hundredths of a second short of the record, although Alemitu Bekele's second place finish improved the European record indoors.[1]

World records

Over the course of its history, numerous world records have been set at the GE Galan.

Year Event Record Athlete Nationality Ref
2012 Pole vault 5.01 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia [2][3]
2009 5000 m 14:24.37 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia
2002 Pole vault 4.72 m Svetlana Feofanova  Russia
1999 Pole vault 4.56 m Nicole Humbert  Germany
1999 1000 m 2:30.94 Maria Mutola  Mozambique
1998 5000 m 12:51.48 Daniel Komen  Kenya
1997 5000 m 12:59.04 Haile Gebreselassie  Ethiopia
1996 1000 m 2:31.23 Maria Mutola  Mozambique

Meeting Records


Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
60 m 6.51 Bruny Surin  Canada 1997
200 m 20.60 Jeff Williams  United States 1996
400 m 45.52 Kirani James  Grenada 23 February 2012 [4]
800 m 1:44.34 Yuriy Borzakovskiy  Russia 2003
1000 m 2:15.62 Venuste Niyongabo  Burundi 27 February 1995
1500 m 3:33.39 Laban Rotich  Kenya 1999
Mile 3:52.18 Rui Silva  Portugal 2001
3000 m 7:30.16 Galen Rupp 21 February 2013 [5]
5000 m 12:51.48 Daniel Komen  Kenya 1998
60 m hurdles 7.42 Colin Jackson  United Kingdom 1994
High jump 2.38 m Yaroslav Rybakov  Russia 15 February 2005 [6]
Pole vault 5.92 m Maksim Tarasov  Russia 1998
Igor Potapovich  Kazakhstan 1998
Long jump 8.49 m Carl Lewis  United States 1992
Triple jump 17.64 m Christian Olsson  Sweden 12 February 2004
Shot put 20.50 m Paolo Dal Soglio  Italy 1996
Heptathlon 6188 pts Erki Nool  Estonia 1996
(60 m), (long jump), (shot put), (high jump), (60 m hurdles), (pole vault), (1000 m)


Event Record Athlete Nationality Date Ref
60 m 7.03 Gail Devers  United States 1999
200 m 23.56 Galina Malchugina  Soviet Union 1990
400 m 50.94 Grit Breuer  Germany 1998
800 m 1:57.67 Stephanie Graf  Austria 2001
1000 m 2:30.94 Maria Mutola  Mozambique 1999
1500 m 3:58.40 Abeba Aregawi 21 February 2013 [7]
3000 m 8.26.57 Genzebe Dibaba 21 February 2013 [8]
5000 m 14:24.37 Meseret Defar  Ethiopia 18 February 2009 [9]
60 m hurdles 7.74 Susanna Kallur  Sweden 21 February 2008 [10]
High jump 2.03 m Kajsa Bergqvist  Sweden 2003
Pole vault 5.01 m Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 23 February 2012 [11][12]
Long jump 6.96 m Irina Simagina  Russia 21 February 2008 [13]
Triple jump 14.79 m Olga Saladukha  Ukraine 23 February 2012 [14]
Shot put 19.79 m Astrid Kumbernuss  Germany 1996
Pentathlon 4685 pts Yelena Lebedenko  Russia 1996
(60 m hurdles), (high jump), (shot put), (long jump), (800 m)


External links

  • Official website
  • XL Galan Records
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