Finnish Indoor Athletics Championships

The Finnish Indoor Athletics Championships (Finnish: Yleisurheilun sisäratojen Suomen-mestaruuskilpailut) is an annual indoor track and field competition organised by the Finnish Amateur Athletic Association, which serves as the Finnish national championship for the sport. First held in 1962, the competition was open to non-Finnish athletes and several foreign athletes (mainly Swedes) were crowned as Finnish champions. The championship titles were restricted to Finnish nationals from 1987 onwards, with foreign competitors reduced to guest status only.[1][2]

Finnish Indoor Athletics Championships
Athletics pictogram.svg
SportIndoor track and field
Founded1962
CountryFinland

The competition features a 300 metres hurdles event, which highly uncommon as a senior national championship event.[1] Furthermore, winter championships in discus throw and javelin throw are held each year in the same period, but are typically held outdoors due to venue constraints.[3]

EventsEdit

The following athletics events feature as standard on the Finnish Indoor Championships programme:

The 200 m was first introduced in 1982. A men's 5000 metres was held from 1973 to 1987. A men's 2000 metres steeplechase was held from 1962 to 1972, which is not a typical senior steeplechase distance but one which was also contested at the English AAA Indoor Championships in this period.[4] The men's and women's 300 m hurdles was added in 1989. In throwing events, a men's weight throw was held in 1970 and winter discus and javelin contests began in 1986. The men's combined events was occasionally held as a sextathlon or octathlon prior to 1990. A women's pentathlon was added in 1980. Walking events were introduced in 1981.[1]

The women's Finnish Championships programme was gradually expanded to match the men's events. Initially the competition had no distance championship events for women, with the 1500 metres being added in 1972, then the 3000 metres in 1982. Field events were also limited until the addition of a women's triple jump in 1991 and pole vault in 1995 (in line with changes made at the international level).[1]

Championships recordsEdit

MenEdit

Event Record Athlete/Team Date Championships Place Ref
60 m

WomenEdit

Event Record Athlete/Team Date Championships Place Ref
60 m 7.16 NR Lotta Kemppinen 20 February 2021 2021 Championships Jyväskylä [5]
1500 m 4:11.42 Sara Kuivisto 20 February 2021 2021 Championships Jyväskylä [6]
300 m hurdles 40.57 OT NR Essi Niskala 20 February 2022 2022 Championships Kuopio [7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Finnish Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2019–07–06.
  2. ^ 50nnet sisaratojen sm-kilpailut (in Finnish). yleisurheilu (archived). Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  3. ^ Yleisurheilun mestaruuskilpailusäännöt (in Finnish), (p. 56). SUL. Retrieved 2015-01-25.
  4. ^ AAA Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  5. ^ Bob Ramsak; Jon Mulkeen (20 February 2021). "Iapichino breaks world U20 indoor long jump record with 6.91m in Ancona". World Athletics. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  6. ^ Alfonz Juck (20 February 2021). "NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS". runblogrun.com/. Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  7. ^ "300m Hurdles Result" (PDF). time4results.com. 20 February 2022. Retrieved 12 March 2021.