At the HALPLUS Westerfage, a World Athletics Continental Tour Challenger event, in Halle on Saturday (20), Norway’s Sigrid Borge smashed her lifetime best in the javelin by over three metres with a world leading mark of 66.50m.
Borge, who is coached by two-time Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen, hadn’t broken the 60 metre-line since 2019 prior to Saturday’s competition but the 27-year-old launched her first throw far in excess of the 65 metre-line with 66.50m.
Not only was her effort a world lead, it was also in excess of the qualifying marks for both the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest this August and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
"Just did what Andreas Thorkildsen told me to do. After some long years we’re finally back in the game," Borge wrote on Instagram after the competition.
European indoor champion Zane Weir led an Italian one-two in the shot put with a European lead of 21.74m ahead of Leonardo Fabbri with 20.75m.
Other highlights included world champion Feng Bin from China winning a high quality discus with 66.70m from Germans Kristin Pudenz (66.34m) and Shanice Craft (65.89m) and fellow world champion Chase Ealey from the United States beating world indoor champion Auriol Dongmo from Portugal in the shot put - 20.06m to 19.16m.
Records tumble at the Night of the 10,000m PBs
The Night of the 10,000m PBs at Parliament Hill in north London, a World Athletics Continental Tour Silver meeting, on Saturday (20) lived up to its billing once again with a spree of record-breaking performances across the board.
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Behind Ethiopia’s Mizan Alem who set a UK all-comers’ record of 29:59.03 to win the women’s race, four-time European U20 and U23 cross country champion Nadia Battocletti finished third in a lifetime best of 31:06.42, missing the long-standing Italian record set by the late Maura Viceconte in 2000 by 0.85.
Camilla Richardsson did come away with a Finnish record of 31:12.78 in ninth, smashing the previous mark of 31:40.42 set by Annemari Sandell in 1996. Bojana Bjeljac also set a Croatian record of 32:28.67 in 13th.
In the men’s race which was won by Paul Chelimo from the United States in 27:12.73, Tadesse Getahon took third in an Israeli 10,000m record of 27:33.99. Norway’s European silver medallist Zerei Kbrom was sixth in a lifetime best of 27:41.44.
The British titles went to Jessica Warner-Judd who was fourth in the women’s race in 31:09.28 and Andrew Butchart, tenth in the men's race in 27:47.43.
Elsewhere around Europe…
At the Mityng Gwiazd na Rynku Kosciuszki (WACT Challenger) in Bialystok in Poland on Sunday (21), Piotr Lisek won a high quality pole vault with a 5.81m on countback from Austin Miller from the United States.
Fellow Pole Michal Haratyk won the shot put with an effort of 20.92m ahead of European indoor medallists Roman Kokoshko from Ukraine (20.41m) and Croatia’s Filip Mihaljevic (20.13m).
Other highlights included Portugal’s Jessica Inchude winning the women’s shot put with 18.65m and European indoor champion Douwe Amels clearing 2.23m to win the high jump.
At the Meeting Gala Fernanda Ribeiro in Maia (WACT Challenger) on Saturday (20), Etson Barros won the 3000m steeplechase in a Portuguese U23 record of 8:22.20.
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