Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships (© Erik van Leeuwen)
Belgium’s Nafissatou Thiam, who only turns 19 in August, put together a World indoor junior record* for the Pentathlon with a total of 4558 points in Gent on Sunday (3).
Thiam achieved 8.65 over the 60m Hurdles, 1.84m in High Jump, 14.00m in the Shot Put, 6.30m in the Long Jump and finally 2:21.18 in the 800m.
She added 23 points to the former record by Sweden’s Carolina Kluft, who scored 4535 points at the 2002 European Indoor Championships in Vienna.
World junior indoor records were approved by the IAAF Council in November 2011.
Thiam, fourth in the 2011 World Youth Championships Heptathlon, got four personal bests, only missing out in the High Jump in where she can boast of a best of 1.88m.
The occupational therapy student from Liege told local media that she is hoping now to get invited to the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, which will be held from 1-3 March and has as her main goal for the summer, a gold medal at the European Athletics junior Championships in the Italian town of Rieti.
Adeoye world-leading 200m
In Britain’s second city of Birmingham on Sunday, Margaret Adeoye produced a world-leading 200m in 22.98, the first woman this year to go under 23 seconds for one lap of a conventional indoor track. Her compatriot Nigel Levine won the men’s 200m in an indoor personal best of 20.93.
Andrew Pozzi, fourth in the 2012 World Indoor Championships 60m Hurdles, clocked a fast 7.58 in his heat, the second-fastest time in the world this year, in his first race since picking up an injury at the Olympic Games. In the final he lost his rhythm but still won in 7.91.
In the Finnish city of Tampere, South Africa’s 2008 World indoor Long Jump champion Godfrey Khotso Mokoena leaped to 8.01m, to just beat the new Finnish record-holder Eero Haapala, who was second with 7.99m. Finland’s 2011 European junior 100m Hurdles Champion Nooralotta Neziri improved her 60m Hurdles best to 8.14 and Russian horizontal jumps star Tatyana Lebedeva won the Triple Jump with 13.82m.
In Asia on Sunday, during the Japan-Taiwan indoor meeting in Osaka, Seito Yamamoto set a Japanese indoor Pole Vault record of 5.71m.
* pending the usual ratification procedures
Phil Minshull for the IAAF