The 28th European Indoor Athletics Championships took place in Madrid in 2005 at the grand 15,000-seater Palacio de Deportes in Madrid.
563 athletes from 41 different nations came together to compete at the three-day competition across 28 events.
Russia came out on top of the medal table with a mighty 17 medals, including 9 golds, as hosts Spain claimed 12 medals themselves.
So, with Glasgow 2019 just around the corner, let’s look back at some of the incredible feats achieved 13 years ago.
Gardener goes for gold
Olympic 4x100m champion from Athens 2004 Jason Gardener arrived in Madrid with the world at his feet.
Featuring at his first major indoor event since winning gold at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest, the 60m specialist was used to topping the podium by the time he competed in Madrid.
With the added prospect of winning a third consecutive 60m European Indoor Championship crown in the offing, Gardener was clearly a man on a mission when he lined up in the starting blocks.
Having been the fastest qualifier in the heats and joint-fastest in the semi-finals, the Bath-born sprinter blew away all opposition on his path to gold – clocking a time of 6.55s in the final to claim the title ahead of Frenchman Ronald Pognon.
Two years later, Gardener went one better by winning a fourth European title in front of a raucous home Birmingham crowd.
Lambert’s sizzling silver
The 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships will go down in history as the last time that the 200m featured in at the biennial competition.
In its final ever race, British sprinter Chris Lambert achieved the biggest honour of his career by claiming a silver medal in Madrid.
The gold medal went the way of German Tobias Unger as he recorded a new national record in the distance by crossing the line in a sterling 20.53 seconds.
Lambert clocked 20.69s to set a new personal best and finish ahead of Polish athlete Marcin Urbaś in bronze.
Record breaking Isinbayeva
Two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva will go down in the history books as the greatest female pole vaulter of all time.
The Russian three-time world champion made her mark in Madrid a year after becoming an Olympic gold medallist in Athens by setting a new world record at the Palacio de Deportes.
Clearing 4.91m, Isinbayeva claimed gold by a whopping 0.16m to beat her own world indoor record by a centimetre.
Only a year later the Russian leapt to 4.93m before eventually upping her distance to 5.01m in 2012.
First gold for Kluft
Swedish great Carolina Kluft won everything in athletics before retiring as an Olympic, World, European, World Indoor and European Indoor champion.
The 2004 Olympic champion delivered one of her finest performances in Madrid by clinching a first European Indoor Championship title of her career.
The Sandhult-born athlete clinched a personal best on the way to winning the 60m hurdles before blowing away the rest of the opposition in the high jump with a stunning 1.93m triumph.
Kluft topped the long jump leaderboard, before delivering an assured performance in the final 800m event to clinch a first European pentathlon gold of her career ahead of Great Britain’s Kelly Sotherton.
More Swedish success
When Stefan Holm competed at the 2005 European Indoor Athletics Championships, no athlete in the world could replicate what the Swedish high jumper was doing.
Entering the event as the reigning Olympic champion, Holm was going in search of a first European title of his career.
Comfortably qualifying for the final with a height of 2.30m, Holm narrowly edged out Yaroslav Rybakov in the final by just 0.02m to clinch the European crown and set a new championship record of 2.40m.
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