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Kambundji blasts to a European 200m lead of 22.18 in Bern

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World indoor 60m champion Mujinga Kambundji was in superlative form as she competed a sprint double at the CITIUS Meeting in her hometown of Bern on Tuesday (12) evening.

Kambundji won the 100m at the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting by a clear distance in a season’s best of 11.11 into a headwind of 1.3 m/s ahead of her compatriot Geraldine Frey <, whon was second in 11.43, before the Swiss star rounded off the meeting in sensational style in the 200m. 

Drawn in lane five, Kambundji had already made up the stagger on the three athletes on her outside - including European indoor 60m champion Ajla Del Ponte - in the first 50 metres and she came off the bend with a clear lead. 

And that lead was only to get bigger down the home straight as Kambundji showcased all of her speed and strength, powering to victory in 22.18: a meeting record, a Swiss record and a European leading time with the European Athletics Championships in Munich just over two months away.


In total, the Kambundji sisters won three of the five women’s track races which comprised the main programme. In between Mujinga’s successes in the sprints, her younger sister Ditaji won the 100m hurdles in a lifetime best of 12.77 and led home a Swiss one-two with Noemi Zbaren second in 12.99.

It was also a successful evening for another renowned athletics family in Bern as the Borlee brothers showed encouraging early season form.

After Jonathan won the B race of the 400m in 46.00, twin brother Kevin won the A race in 45.12 - his fastest time in four years - ahead of Dylan who finished strongly to take second in a lifetime best of 45.18.

Their long-time relay teammate Julien Watrin - who was part of Belgium’s gold medal-winning team at the World Athletics Indoor Championships - also came away with a national record of 48.90 in the 400m hurdles, shaving 0.01 off Marc Dollendorf's previous record which had stood since the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, ahead of Dutchman Ramsey Angela in 49.20.

Lieke Klaver, part of the Netherlands' 4x400m teams that won world indoor silver in March and European indoor godl last year, won the women's 400m in 51.21, just outside her recent personal best, while fellow Dutchwoman Eveline Saalberg was second in 51.51; which augurs well for the Dutch hopes of further 4x400m medals at this summer's two big championships in Eugene and Munich.

Full results here.

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