Report24 Jul 2020

Dadic impresses in one-hour heptathlon, Ortega smashes South American discus record


Ivona Dadic in Amstetten (© Austrian Federation (ÖLV)/Alfred Nevsimal)

Austrian combined events star Ivana Dadic tallied 6235 points in a one-hour heptathlon in Amstetten, Austria, on Thursday (24) in an event marking one year to go to the start of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The 26-year-old kicked off the late afternoon event with a 13.64 performance in the 100m hurdles, the fourth quickest of her career. She followed up with a 1.80m clearance in the high jump, and a 14.84m effort in the shot put, her third best ever mark. Next came a 24.32 200m dash, a 5.76m leap in the long jump and a 47.60m javelin throw before concluding the evening with a 2:19.10 run in the 800m.

At the moment her performance is the second best tally in the world in this pandemic-ravaged season.

Dadic was pleased.

"It's difficult and hard work to do a heptathlon within two days. But within one hour that's just crazy," she said.

"I am totally groggy now, but I am very, very happy, it's a great result, and I am even no. 2 in the world in 2020. That's crazy good. I have shown what I am able to do."

Dadic's performance was the best ever in this rarely-contested one-hour event. But Sabine Braun, a two-time world champion in the heptathlon, scored 6214 points in a 45-minute competition in Ingelheim, Germany, on 28 August 1993. Three other competitors also broke the 6000-point barrier in that competition.

Austria's two-time world U20 medallist Sarah Lagger was second with 5794 points and Geraldine Ruckstuhl of Switzerland third with 5000 points, a performance marred by a no-height in the high jump.

"The competition was really cool, I loved it," said Lagger. "I am very happy with my javelin (46.85m) and long jump and the high jump as well," she added, performances of 46.85m, 5.71m and 1.74m, respectively.

A crowd of 500 spectators turned out, the maximum allowed at the moment by Austrian authorities.

Ortega smashes South American discus record

Mauricio Ortega of Colombia broke the South American record in the discus throw for the third time at a throws meeting in Lovelhe, Portugal, on Wednesday (22).

Ortega, 25, threw 70.29m to become the first South American to reach beyond 70 metres. He also shattered the previous Area record of 67.03m he set at the same Portuguese venue on 29 February, just a few weeks before the coronavirus pandemic lockdown began.


Colombian discus thrower Mauricio Ortega


“I feel incredibly happy," Ortega told "Now the most important thing will be to maintain this same level. And I have all the confidence to do it."

The throw was also a 2020 world leader, edging him past world champion Daniel Stahl (70.25m) on the current season list.

Ortega's training partner Juan Caicedo of Ecuador also had an outstanding day, throwing 69.60m to finish second, an improvement of more than six metres from his previous national record of 63.31m, also set in that same 29 February competition.

Ortega and Caicedo are based much of the year in Portugal and Pontevedra, Spain, training under Cuban-Spanish coach Frank Casañas.

1500m world leads in Portland

Karissa Schweizer of the US and Canada's Mohammed Ahmed clocked world-leading 1500m performances at a Bowerman Track Club Instraquad meeting in Portland on Tuesday (21).

Schweizer, a 5000m finalist at the World Championships last year, clocked 4:00.02 to knock more than two seconds from her previous career best of 4:02.81 set in Portland on 30 June.

Ahmed, meanwhile, continued his fine 2020 form, winning the men's race in 3:34.89, nearly five seconds better than his previous best.

Ahmed blazed to a 12:47.20 North American 5000m record in Portland on 10 July.

Bob Ramsak and Olaf Brockmann (in Amstetten) for World Athletics