Ivona Dadic at the Austrian Combined Events championship in Gotzis (Photo Plohe) © Copyright
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Dadic tallies 6419 world lead in Gotzis


Last updated: 20:50, 30 August

Ivona Dadic tallied a world-leading 6419 to win the heptathlon title at the Austrian Combined Events Championships in Götzis on Sunday (30).

Competing in heavy rain and temperatures of just 15C over both days, Dadic bettered the previous world lead of 6383 set by Ukraine's Alina Shukh two weeks ago.

"I am really proud about this competition," Dadic said. "It was my best heptathlon ever."

Dadic said that this weekend's competition was her main goal for this season.

"I was looking forward this whole season to this event, so I didn't care about the weather. But for these conditions it was really amazing to achieve 6419 points."

It was the third best performance of the 26-year-old's career, trailing just her 6552 tally at the 2018 European Championships and a 6461 score in Ratingen last year.

Starting in heavy rain on Saturday, she opened the competition with a 13.57 performance in the 100m hurdles, her third quickest performance ever. She was "paced" in that race by Beate Schrott, who won that event in 13.47. Dadic then topped 1.78m in the high jump and reached 14.58m in the shot put before ending the day with a 24.21 clocking in the 200m, her only disappointment over the two days. "I didn't know what happened in this event," she said.

She opened day two with a 6.25m best in the long jump, also contested in heavy rain, like the javelin throw, where she reached 47.93m.

"It was the worst conditions you can imagine for the javelin," she said. She then ended the weekend with a solo 2:15.57 in the 800m.

"If we would have had perfect conditions I am sure that I would have been able to break my personal best (6552) or even the Austrian record from Verena Preiner (6591). I am able to score 6650 points."

"This is an incredible result in these conditions," coach Philipp Unfried said.

Dadic made the most of her pandemic-shortened season, setting a pair of personal bests and winning a one-hour heptathlon in Amstetten with 6235 points.

Olaf Brockmann for World Athletics

Fabbri improves to 21.99m in Padova

Leonardo Fabbri's 21.99m heave in the shot put highlighted the final day of the Italian Championships in Padova on Sunday (30).

Fabbri's fifth-round effort added a hefty 42 centimetres to his previous career best, elevating the 23-year-old to No.2 on the 2020 world list as well as solidifying his No.2 position on the Italian all-time list.

Lamont Marcell Jacobs produced the key highlight of the first two days.

The 25-year-old won the 100m title on Saturday (29), clocking a wind-assisted 10.10 (3.3m/s), well clear of Roberto Rigali, second in 10.28. Jacobs also has a wind-legal 10.10 to his credit this season.

Other performances of note included Luminosa Bogliolo's triuph in the 100m hurdles in 13.02, the 25-year-old's fifth victory in six competitions this season.

On the infield, Gianmarco Tamberi won the high jump at 2.28m before bowing out with three tries at 2.31m and Larissa Iapichino won the long jump with 6.32m, the first senior title for the 18-year-old rising star.

Nowicki throws 80.28m at Polish championships

World and Olympic hammer bronze medallist Wojciech Nowicki improved his season's best to 80.28m to kick off the Polish Championships in Wloclawek on Friday (28).

Opening with a 78.36m heave, the 31-year-old took command of the competition with his big throw in the third round, the second farthest in the world in the 2020 season. He again threw nearly as far in the sixth round, reaching 80.25m.

Four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek was second with 78.61m.

Bartlomiej Stoj won the discus on Sunday with a 63.05m best, beating back veterans Robert Urbanek and Piotr Malachowski, who threw 62.48m and 60.15m respectively. Michal Haratyk took the honours in the shot put with a 20.64m effort in the third round.

On Saturday, Pawel Wojciechowski won the pole vault after a second-attempt clearance at 5.61m to notch his third straight national title, and fifth overall. Piotr Lisek was a late hour withdrawal, citing a minor injury.

In the men's 1500m, World University Games champion Michal Rozmys scored an upset win over world bronze medallist Marcin Lewandowski. In a tactical battle, Rozmys out-kicked his rival to win by more than a second, 3:53.09 to 3:54.13.

Elsewhere, Olympic javelin finalist Maria Andrejczyk won her event with a 62.66m season's best and Justyna Swiety-Ersetic won the 400m in 51.44, well ahead of Iga Baumgart-Witan who clocked 52.14m.

The championships conclude on Sunday evening.

McDermott tops 1.98 in Sinn

Nicola McDermott topped a career bet of 1.98m to win at the 26th high jump meeting in Sinn, Germany, on Saturday (29).

The 23-year-old Australian added two centimetres to her previous best which she first cleared in Ostrava last year and equalled on two occasions in February. She bowed out with a near-miss at 2.01m, DLV reports. Her jump also improved the meeting record by four centimetres.

Levern Spencer was second with 1.86m.

Edgar Rivera of Mexico won the men's competition on countback over Germany's Tobias Potye at 2.25m.

Vetter and Kolak win in Offenburg

World leader Johannes Vetter and Croatia's Olympic champion Sara Kolak beat troublesome headwinds to prevail at the javelin meeting in Offenburg, Germany, on Saturday.

Vetter reached 84.03m to secure his seventh straight victory, beating Sweden's Kim Amb, who threw 78.97m.

Kolak won the women's competition with a 62.68m effort in the fifth round to win for the fifth time in as many competitions this year. Germany's Christin Hussong was second with 60.91m, just ahead of Czech Nikola Ogrodnikova who reached 60.84m.

Bob Ramsak for World Athletics