World leads for Greece’s Tsátoumas and Lithuania’s Skujyte | 20.02.2011

Croatia's Sandra Perkovic set a new national indoor
shor put record 16.99m in Rijeka.

National indoor championships are being held in many countries across Europe this weekend, with many athletes using them as part of their final preparations for the European Athletics Indoor Championships next month.

Below is a round up of the leading marks across the continent on Saturday.

Austria: Clemens Zeller won the 400m in 47.07 while the 2010 world mountain running champion Andrea Mayr took the women’s 3000m in 9:29.78. Talented junior thrower Lukas Weisshaidinger, one day before his 19th birthday, won his first senior title with a personal best of 18.30m in the shot put with the senior implement.

Bulgaria: The best result on the first day in Sofia was 19.23m in the men’s shot put by Georgi Ivanov.

Croatia (Rijeka): The 2010 European Athletics Championships discus gold medallist and 2010 European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Sandra Perkovic improved her own national indoor shot put record to 16.99m in Rijeka while Nedzad Mulabegovic took the men’s event with a mark of 19.82m. Dario Horvat won the men’s 60 m in 6.74.

Czech Republic: Petr Svoboda clocked two 2011 European leading marks in the 60m hurdles with 7.51 in his heat and then 7.48 in the final in Prague. His girlfriend Jirina Ptacnikova easily cleared 4.57m to win the women’s pole vault and the unsuccessfully tried at national record of 4.67m. On her third attempt, she was well over the bar but fell onto it. Roman Novotny became the eighth European long jumper over eight metres when he went out to 8.01m while the 2010 Czech Junior Athlete of the Year Pavel Maslak clocked 47.05 in his 400m heat. Lucie Skrobakova, the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships 60m hurdles silver medallist, warmed up for this year’s championships by winning in 8.09.

Finland: Minna Nikkanen set a national women’s pole vault record of 4.36m in Helsinki.

France: Guy-Elphège Anouman, who was born in 1994 and a training partner of Teddy Tamgho, won the 200 m senior title in a sparkling 21.13 in Aubiere, a world indoor youth best for the event. The current European pole vault champion, indoors and outdoors, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.85m for victory before trying a new French absolute record of 6.02m while the 2009 World Championships silver medallist Romain Mesnil returned to form with 5.80m for second place. Long jumper Salim Sdiri leapt to season’s best of 8.06m, with triple jumper Tamgho switching event and finishing fourth with 7.79m. Alice Decaux improved in the women’s 60m hurdles to 7.97, beating Sandra Gomis who ran 8.00. Hind Dehiba, as expected, won the 1500m in 4:15.24 while Jessica Cerival registered a personal best in the shot put to win with 17.99m.

Greece: Long jumper Loúis Tsátoumas was in impressive form at the 25th Greek Indoor Championships at the Peanía Hall in Athens. After opening with 7.98m and around 20 cm to spare from the board, Tsátoumas took off almost perfectly on his second attempt and landed at 8.21m, the best mark in the world this year and a national indoor record. As a precaution, aware of his injury problems in 2009 and 2010, he then called it a day. Yeóryios Tsákonas secured second place with 7.97m, just one centimetre short of his lifetime best. The other Greek indoor record went to Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou, who got over 4.55m, a height which also equals the Greek outdoor record that she co-onws with Afrodíti Skafída. In her first competition of the season, sprinter Yeoryía Koklóni ran 7.28 in the 60 heats and then easily won the final with 7.27. Konstadínos Baniótis won the men’s high jump title from 21-year-old Dimítrios Hondrokoúkis, both men cleared 2.27m but Baniótis did it a second time in a jump-off.

Hungary: Anita Marton improved her own women’s under 23 shot put record to 17.80m while while Lajos Kurthy won the men’s event with 19.71. Former SPAR European Cross Country Championships junior and under 23 men’s winner Barnabas Bene took the 1500m title with 3:43.21.

Petr Svoboda clocked a European leading 7.48 in 60m hurdles at the
Czech indoors in Prague.

Ireland: Robert Heffernan won the 5000m walk in 19:09.56 in Belfast while the women’s 3000m walk was won by Laura Reynolds in a personal best of 12:47.55, just ahead of 17-year-old Kate Veale who set a national junior record to 12:49.28.

Italy: The star of the 2009 European Athletics Championships on home soil in Torino, men’s triple Jump winner Fabrizio Donato improved his long jump best to 8.03m in Ancona. Shot putter Chiara Rosa, a 2007 World Championships finalist, sent her implement out to 18.34m, the fifth best performance by a European this year. Marta Milani lowered her indoor 400m best to 53.09 to beat Maria Enrica Spacca, who also improved to 53.35 in the 400 m. In the men’s pole vault the 2010 World Junior Championships silver medallist Claudio Stecchi cleared 5.50m to improve his best by 10cm and finish second behind Giorgio Piantella, who vaulted 5.55m.

Lithuania: The 2004 Olympic Games heptathlon silver medallist Austra Skujyte competed in her first multi-events competition since the 2008 Olympics and posted a world leading pentathlon score of 4578 points in Klaipeda. Her individual marks were: 8.66, 1.82m, 16.94m, 6.29m and 2:32.51.

Poland: Recently minted pole vault indoor record holder Pawel Wojciechowski, who jumped 5.86m in Gent last Sunday, cleared 5.70m to win the national title in Spala. Mateusz Demczyszak improved his 1500m best to 3:41.01 and, in a close race beat national record holder Bartosz Nowicki, who was second with 3:41.42, while Lukas Parszczynski had to settle for third in 3:41.76. Adrian Swiderski registered 16.63m to win the men’s triple jump. In women events, Marika Popowicz won the 60m in 7.33 and Malgorzata Trybanska took the, long jump with 6.61m.

Romania: Ancuta Bobocel added the 3000m title to the 1500m one she won on Friday, clocking 9:01.25 in Bucharest.

Slovakia: The 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships women’s triple jump bronze medallist Dana Veldáková secured her expected title with 13.83min Bratislava.

Slovenia: Triple jumper Snezana Rodic achieved 14.11m in Celje, beating the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships silver medallist Maria Sestak, who could only find 13.73m. Marina Tomic clocked 8.17 in the 60m hurdles while 2008 Olympic Games men’s high jump finalist Rozle Prezelj cleared 2.22m.

Spain: European junior long jump record holder Eusebio Caceres improved his indoor best to 8.08m in Valencia. There was also a lifetime best for Borja Vivas in shot put with 20.18m. The 2010 European Athletics Championships 5000m silver medallist Jesus España clocked 7:50.70 to win the 3000m on his indoor debut of the year, with Victor Garcia second in 7:51.95. Ruth Beitia won the women’s high jump with 1.95m while Dolores Checa took the 3000m title in 9:08.36.

Switzerland: Irene Pusterla was the star of first day in St Gallen with wins at both 60m and the long jump, with performances of 7.50 and 6.57m respectively.

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