RunBlog Run opines: A busy day in Grosseto, Italy as the European Athletics U 20 Championships conclude! Check out the great video capturing Mondo Duplantis on his final attempt. There is some fantastic video on the twitter account for European Athletics, don’t miss it!
Duplantis MR 565, Hruba 193, Giger over Zupin
GROSSETO (ITA, Jul 23): Sweden’s Armand Duplantis broke another long standing record to claim the pole vault title with 565 cm. Germany’s Bo Kanda Lita Baehre cleared 5.45m to secure the silver medal and France’s Romain Gavillon improved his lifetime best to 5.35m to claim bronze. Jakob Ingebrigtsen only made his debut at the 3000m steeplechase three weekends ago but the 16-year-old has already broken the long-standing European U20 record, qualified for the World Championships in London and now he has the continental title to his name in 8:50.00. After 5000 m his second title here. Yasmin Giger from Switzerland won surprisingly the 400 m hurdles in 55.90 NJR to move to sixth on the European all-time U20 lists – missing Zuzana Hejnova’s championship record by just one-hundredth. Agata Zupin of Slovenia who was leading the full race was second in 55.96 national senior record. France’s Wilfried Happio claimed gold in a national U20 record of 49.93 in boys 400 m hurdles. France also claimed the triple jump title as expected but the source of the title was a surprise. World indoor U20 record-holder Melvin Raffin had to settle for bronze with 16.82m behind 17-year-old Andrea Dallavalle from Italy (16.87m) and Martin Lamou, who improved his lifetime best from 16.34m to a European U20 lead of 16.97m in the second round. Having won world U18 and world U20 titles in the last two seasons, Czech Republic’s Michaela Hruba capped her stellar junior career by clearing 1.93m in the high jump before three attempts at a championship record of 1.96m which would have added one centimetre to a mark jointly held by Yelena Yelesina and Mariya Kuchina. There was an upset in the 800m final as Croatia’s Marino Bloudek fended off European U20 leader Markhim Lonsdale, 1:48.70 to 1:48.82 while Jemma Reekie put her fourth place finish in yesterday’s 3000m final behind her by claiming the 1500m title in 4:13.25. In the 5000m, the Netherlands’ Jasmijn Lau won gold in 16:38.85. Serbia has another star in the making as Milica Gardasevic followed in Ivana Spanovic’s footsteps by winning the long jump title with 6.46m while Poland’s Oskar Stachnik won the discus title with a season’s best of 62.01m. From European Athletics.