Andreas Kramer was only 0.10 from the final at IAAF World Indoor Championships this past weekend. Andreas ran 1:47.21, finishing 4th in his heat. His preparations have been disrupted by a few colds which should be considered when his performance is evaluated.
Kramer started his season very well with 1:46.87 in Düsseldorf finishing second, 0.40 behind Adam Kszczot. He then ran in Torun where he was 3rd, 0.51 from Kzczot but 0.25 before Elliot Giles who finished 4th in the final.
In the heats Hamada Mohamed, Egypt, was the most offensive runner from the start. Kramer was following behind and passed half way in 50.7, his fastest opening indoor. His last lap was tough and he was, with 100 m to go, last in the race. But at the home straight he past Mohamed and with 1:47.21 he took the 4th place in the first heat. That meant that he had the last spot to the final if not more then two runners would run faster in the second and last heat.
Sadly for Andreas, three runners ran faster in the second heat and he was just right outside the final finishing 7th, 0.10 from the final.
His seasons opener was his best indoors, 2.13 seconds faster the the previous year which ended with 1:46.86, and that know after this indoor season stands as his indoor PR. Kramer had problems with colds during February. He will now recover fully, taking some rest, and then will start to prepare for outdoor season with European Championships in Berlin as the big highlight.
Last year, 20 years of age, Kramer became the national record holder for Sweden outdoors, running 1:45.13 in Karlstad. With a good build up phase the chances of improving that time are high.
Text: Per Skoog
Photo: Deca Text & Bild