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Vienna, AustriaAustrian Roland Schwarzl seems to be approaching the shape of his life. The 29-year-old set a new national record of 6065 points in the Heptathlon at the Austrian Indoor Championships for Combined Events in Vienna on 20-21 February. Competing as a guest, Karolina Tyminska of Poland tallied 4685 points to win the Pentathlon.
Schwarzl had set the previous mark in 2005 in Madrid, where he won bronze at the European Indoor Championships, and improved it by exactly one point.
Schwarzl achieved three personal bests with 2.02m in the High Jump, 8.14 seconds in the 60m Hurdles and an excellent 5.30m clearance in the Pole Vault. His other marks were 7.30 in the 60m, 7.52m in the Long Jump, 14.60m in the Shot Put and 2:45.96 in the 1000m.
“I was extremely focused,” Schwarzl said. “There was a great atmosphere in the stadium and among the competitors. Together we pushed us forward all the time. My shape has not reached its peak yet. I hope that I will have the chance to show my best at the World Indoors in Doha.”
His performance was all the more applauded as he has ended his 2009 outdoor season prematurely on a low. Schwarzl had to quit the Decathlon at the World Championships in Berlin after the first event. A pulled muscle made it impossible to keep on with the competition and he frustratingly had to limp off the track.
Though Schwarzl clearly has some big events in his career ahead of him, one of his likely predecessors showed his abilities at the Championships in Vienna. Young Austrian Dominik Distelberger, who turns 20 in March, improved his best to 5854 points and moved up to second place at the Austrian all-time list. Eighth at the World Youth Championships in Ostrava 2007 in the Octathlon he now showed some very fine performances in the senior ranks. His marks in Vienna: 60m 6.83 (PB) - LJ 7.45m - SP 11.87m (PB) - HJ 2.02m (PB) - 60mH 8.09 (PB) - PV 4.50m (PB) - 1000m 2:42.30 (PB).
As a guest at the national championships Karolina Tyminska of Poland registered one of the top performances in the Pentathlon of the current indoor season. Seventh at the Olympic Games in Beijing she scored 4685 points in Vienna: Her results: 60mH 8.47 - HJ 1.75m - SP 14.96m - LJ 6.40m - 800m 2:13.66.