10 MAR 2001 General News

Men heptathlon event four

Men's Heptathlon event 4High Jump

Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic continued to lead the heptathlon after the fourth event--the high jump--which concluded the first session of the two-day event.

The Sydney silver medallist cleared 2.08, a height bettered only by US champion Stephen Moore with 2.14.

En route to his world-leading score of 6267 in Tallinn in early February, the Czech jumped 2.10. Even with a slightly lower mark today, his 3626 is still six points ahead of his first-day world-leading pace.

The three medal positions remained the same as they had been after three events.

Jon Arnar Magnusson of Iceland jumped a personal-best 2.05 to hold a solid second-place spot with a 3575 total. And Russia's Lev Lobodin, despite being well off his normal level with a 1.93 leap, was in third with an aggregate 3379.

Moore benefited greatly from his high jump prowess, moving from last place to fourth with 3377, only two points out of third and 15 points ahead of Sydney champion Erki Nool. In fact, there are currently only 67 points separating places three through seven.

Olympic bronze medallist Chris Huffins had a sub-par 1.93, owing to an injury to his right knee which forced him to take a short approach.

After the first day, the point summaries are Sebrle 3626, Magnusson 3575, Lobodin 3379, Moore 3377, Nool 3362, Yurkov 3334, Huffins 3312, and Anibal 3227.

The final three events commence on Sunday at 12:30 local time with the 60 metres hurdles.