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Kudlicka 5.77m, Stasek 20.73m, Torneus 8.15m at national indoor champs

Martin Stašek in action at the 2013 Czech indoor championships (Jan Kucharčík - Stašek in action at the 2013 Czech indoor championships (Jan Kucharčík - © Copyright

The second day of various 2013 national indoor championships were held across Europe on Sunday (17), and there were impressive results Czech pole vaulter Jan Kudlicka and shot putter Martin Stasek as well as Swedish long jumper Michel Torneus.

London 2012 Olympic Games finalist Kudlicka, after needing three attempts at 5.60m, went over a career best of 5.77m at the Czech Republic indoor championships in Prague before unsuccessfully attempting a national record of 5.82m while the 23-year-old Martin Stasek went over 20 metres for the first time when his series included marks of 20.16m, a European-leading 20.73m and 20.14m.

Jaroslav Baba, as expected, took the High Jump title with 2.24m and 800m runner Lenka Masna dropped down distance and won the 400m in 53.79. Denisa Rosolova and Zuzana Hejnova, seventh and third respectively in the Olympic Games 400m Hurdles, decided to do battle over 200m, with the former coming out on top with a win in 23.51 to Hejnova’s  23.71.

The current Swedish Athlete of the Year Michel Torneus confirmed his good shape before the European Athletics Indoor Championships on home soil in Gothenburg next month when he won the Long Jump with and indoor best of 8.15m in Norrkoping.

The young sprinting talent Irene Ekelund, who does not turn 16 until 8 March, again improved over 200m to 23.15. Second was 2012 European Athletics Championships 400m gold medallist Moa Hjelmer in a personal best of 23.32.

High jumper Emma Green Tregaro improved her season’s best to 1.94m to win over Ebba Jungmark, who cleared 1.92. In the men’s track events, Nil de Oliveira won the 200m in 21.14 while Danish guest Nick Ekelund-Arenander set a national indoor record of 46.85 when winning the 400m.

A second-time clearance at 5.60m was enough for pole vaulter Konstadínos Filippídis to win at the Greek championships in Pireaus, although he was not close in his three attempts at 5.75m. There was also a good win for Níki Panétta in the women’s Triple Jump with 14.29m

On the track, Athiná Koíni set a national under 23 record in the 3000m with 9:14.45.

Moreira does the double

At the Portuguese indoor championships in Pombal, Sara Moreira added to her 1500m title on Saturday with a high quality 3000m victory in 8:55.24, running against the clock in the final laps. Marco Fortes achieved 19.72m in the Shot Put.

Former IAAF World Junior Championships heptathlon gold medallist Dafne Schippers confirmed she is in form with a 60m win in 7.26 at the Dutch championships in Apeldoorn. Tessa Van Schagen was surprise 200m winner in 23.63 and while Sharona Bakker got the 60m Hurdles title in 8.11.

In the men’s events, Jerrel Feller got the 200m gold in 21.21 and Jesper Arts won the 400m in 47.38. Thijmen Kuipers was little bit slower than in his 800m heat but won over four laps of the track in 1:48.65, ahead of returning Robert Lathouwers in 1:48.95.

Long jumper Eero Haapala again went over eight metres when he won the Finnish title in Jyvaskyla with a leap of 8.03m while 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships 100m Hurdles winner Nooralotta Neziri clocked a national 60m Hurdles record of 8.07 in her but then false-started in the final. Hannu-Maari Latvala won the women’s 200m in 23.32.

Sara Aerts was the star of the Begian championships, held over just one day in Gent on Sunday. She won the 60m Hurdles in a personal best of 8.01and also the 60m without the barriers in 7.41.

There were personal bests at the Irish championships in Athlone middle-distance winners Mark English, who won the 800m in 1:48.44, and 3000m gold medallist John Travers in 7:58.54. Two-time European Cross Country Championships winner Fionnuala Britton posted a 1500m, outdoors or indoors, of 4:13.96.

Phil Minshull for the IAAF