Mujinga Kambundji was one of the highlighted performers at the 2023 Swiss Indoor Championships, held in St. Gallen this past weekend. The World Indoor champion delivered an impressive series of performances in the women’s 60m dash, improving in every round, culminating in a winning time of 7.03 seconds in the final.
Kambundji’s time in the final improved her previous season-best of 7.06 seconds. She had clocked 7.20 seconds in the heats and bettered that time with 7.06 seconds in the semifinals before the final.
Interestingly, Kambundji initially protested and competed under protest in the final due to an alleged false start. However, her disqualification was later withdrawn, and she was confirmed as the winner.
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Also at the championship, Pascal Mancini set a new Swiss national record of 6.58 seconds to win the men’s 60m title, improving the previous mark by 0.01 seconds. Enrico Güntert took the second-place spot with a time of 6.62 seconds.
Other notable results included European U20 champion Audrey Werro, 18, winning the 800m title in 2:02.87 ahead of Rachel Pellaud (2:03.59) and Lore Hoffman (2:03.94), while reigning European indoor pole vault champion Angelica Moser cleared 4.50m for the win.
Other National Indoor Championships in Europe
In other national indoor championships this weekend, at the German Indoor Championships, European champion Gina Luckenkemper won the 60m in 7.17, with Lisa Mayer finishing second in 7.21, and Aleksandar Askovic won an exciting men’s 60m final in 6.56.
Prospective favorites Julian Wagner and Owen Ansah were both disqualified for false starts but ran under protest.
Elsewhere, at the British Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Reece Prescod won the men’s 60m in 6.54, with European 100m bronze medalist Jeremiah Azu finishing second in 6.57.
Meanwhile, Daryll Neita, another European 100m bronze medalist, took home the women’s 60m title in 7.17, ahead of former European indoor champion Asha Philip, who improved her season’s best to 7.21.