Katir will compete in Madrid after giving up the Nationals and the Indoor World Championship

Mohamed Katir, Spanish record holder of 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters outdoors, will compete on March 2 at the indoor track meeting in Madridwhich will be held at the Gallur Municipal Sports Center, the organization reported.

The confirmation comes a day after knowing that had given up the Spanish Indoor Championships that will take place in Orense this weekend and the World Championships in Belgrade, which will be held from March 18 to 20to give priority to the outdoor campaign, in which he plans to compete in the World Championships in Eugene (United States) and in the European Championships in Munich (Germany).

At the Madrid meeting of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold, will try to improve the European record of 3,000 meters that the also Spanish Adel Mechaal achieved a few days ago in Staten Island (United States) (7:30.82), which he will face in one of the great duels of the rally.

Katir, who has barely competed this winter, broke out in a stellar way last year. He was eighth in the 5,000 Olympic final and took the Spanish records of 1,500 (3:28.76), 3,000 (7:27.64) and 5,000 (12:50.79). He also won the 5,000 in Gateshead, was second in the 1,500 in Monaco behind the Norwegian Jakob Ingebrigtsen and won the San Silvestre Vallecana, among other great results.

On February 17 at the meeting in Lievin (France) he achieved a mark of 7:36.62 which brought him seventh place.

Mechaal set a new personal record in the 1,500 meters (3:30.77) at the Tokyo Games to be fifth, fourth best Spanish brand in history, and this year, after achieving the second national time in 10 kilometers in Ibiza (27:50), he did 7:36.57 in the 3,000 of the Karlsruhe meeting (Germany) and hours later he won the National Cross Country Championship in Jaén.

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At the beginning of February, he completed the exhibition with the continental record in Staten Island and also made a personal mark in 1,500 on the indoor track in Birmingham (3:35.50).which installed him in fourth place in the Spanish ranking of all history.

In the particular confrontations between both athletes, they equal one in 1,500, Katir won the only race of 5,000 and in 3,000 Mechaal dominates, who has won all six times that they have coincided on the track.

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