World champions Barber and Schippers among the stars of the start of the IAAF World Indoor Tour in Karlsruhe

The organisers of the opening IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting, the Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe in Germany, have assembled a set of outstanding fields in their 12 featured events – 10 of which will count towards the IAAF World Indoor Tour standings – to get the innovative new series off to a flying start on Saturday (6).

With such a plethora of the sport’s stars on display, it’s unfair to focus on just a couple of the events but there is no doubt that the pole vault is expected to be one of the highlights of the night.

All three medallists from the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 will be in action: Canadian gold medallist Shawn Barber, who has already cleared 6.00m this winter, Germany’s 2013 world champion and 2015 silver medallist Raphael Holzdeppe and France’s world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie.

The trio have already met once this year, two weeks ago in the French city of Rouen, when Holzdeppe came out on top with an indoor best of 5.84m.






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