06 JUL 2012 General News

Bengtsson vaults 4.58m in Sollentuna

Angelica Bengtsson - 4.58m in Sollentuna (DECA Text&Bild)Angelica Bengtsson - 4.58m in Sollentuna (DECA Text&Bild) © Copyright
Swedish teenager Angelica Bengtsson topped 4.58m in the Pole Vault to highlight the Folksam Grand Prix in Sollentuna on Thursday (5).

Her third attempt clearance added one centimetre to her previous PB of 4.57m set at the European Junior Championships in Tallinn last year. Bengtsson, who turns 19 on 8 July, holds the World junior record of 4.63m, set in the winter of 2011. She tried 4.65m in Sollentuna but missed.

There were strong middle distance races on the programme as well highlighted by Abubaker Kaki's dominant 1:43.69 victory in the 800m, more than two seconds clear of runner-up Jeff Risely (1:45.99) of Australia.

Moroccan Yassine Bensghir won the 1500m in 3:34.50 ahead of Algerian Taofik Makhloufi who clocked 3:35.07. Kenyan Josphat Menjo won the 5000m in 13:16.87. Canadian Hillary Stellingwerf won the 1500 m in 4:09.14.

Elsewhere, Kimmari Roach of Jamaica won the 100m in 10.49, Swede Nil de Oliveira the 200m in 20.72 and Sudanese Yusif Rabah the 400m in 45.80. Gerd Kanter took top honours in the Discus Throw with a 67.27m toss.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

* NOTE: In an earlier version of this story it was incorrectly reported that Bengtsson's mark was a World junior record outdoors. We apologise and regret the error.