Ethiopia's Gudaf Tsegay ran the second fastest women's indoor mile of all-time in Torun tonight ©Getty Images

Gudaf Tsegay failed to break the women's indoor mile record at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Torun, Poland, the third of this season's World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold meetings, but her time of 4min 16.16sec was the second fastest ever.

The 26-year-old Ethiopian, who set the world indoor 1500 metres record of 3:53.09 at the World Indoor Tour Gold event in Lievin in 2021, went into the race targeting the record mile mark of 4:13.31 set by Genzebe Dibaba in 2016 in a race where Tsegay, then 18, finished second in 4:24.98.

"I was hoping for the world record today, but athletics is like that," the world 5,000m champion said.

"You can feel you are in great shape in training, but you don't always do what you wanted in competition.

"I still hope the world record will be mine one day!"

Switzerland's world indoor 60m champion Mujinga Kambundji laid down a big marker ahead of next month's European Athletics Indoor Championships in Istanbul as she beat home hope Ewa Swoboda in a time of 7.06sec.

The Pole, who won the European indoor title in 2019, finished second in 7.11.

But there was home glee on behalf of Pia Skrzyszowska, who was roared on victory in the women's 60m hurdles in a meeting record of 7.79sec, just one hundredth of a second slower than she ran in Lodz four days ago.

The 21-year-old European 100m hurdles champion, who is targeting the 42-year-old Polish indoor record of 7.77, commented: "I missed the national record by a small margin again, but at least it is a meeting record.

"I am in good shape and there will be many more chances."

"I’m happy that even with a slow start today I was able to catch up and win with the final dip."

Britain’s Olympic and world 800m silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, who opened her season in Manchester on January 28 with a world 600m best of 1:23.41, produced a top quality 800m victory in a meeting record of 1:57.87 - the fastest time run so far this year, not far off her indoor British record of 1:57.20 from last year.

Benin's 37-year-old Noelie Yarigo was second in a personal best and national record of 1:58.48.

"This track brings back some good memories for me," said Hodgkinson, who won European indoor gold in Torun in 2021.

"It was good to get a decent first 800m of the season but to be honest, I am a bit disappointed with the time.

"I just did not commit enough early in the race, but I will try again to run fast in a few weeks.

"If everything goes perfectly, maybe I can come close to the world record, but it is a tough mark to beat."

That record currently stands to the Czech Republic’s Jolanda Ceplak, who ran 1:55.82 in 2002, five years before she served a two-year doping suspension.

Greece’s Olympic long jump champion Miltiadis Tentogloui, competing at the venue where he won the second of his European indoor titles in 2021, won in a meeting record of 8.40m, the farthest jumped so far this year.

Sweden’s world indoor silver medallist Thobias Montler was second with 8.17m.

"I am very happy with the result today," said Tentoglou.

"I came here knowing I could jump far."

French champion Azeddine Habz overpowered Britain’s George Mills and Spain’s Jesus Gomez to win the men's 1500m in an indoor personal best of 3:35.59.

In the men's pole vault, world bronze medallist Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines, who cleared a national indoor record-equalling 5.91m in Uppsala last week, won with 5.87m.

In the men’s high jump, New Zealand’s world indoor bronze medallist Hamish Kerr enjoyed a perfect performance up to his winning height of 2.27m, clearing 2.15m, 2.21m and 2.27m at his first attempt to win on countback from Germany’s Tobias Potye, whose mark was an indoor personal best.

Daniel Roberts of the United States won the men's 60m hurdles in 7.46sec, equalling the time he ran in Boston on Saturday in finishing runner-up to double world champion Grant Holloway.