Augusto de Oliveira needed just three attempts to take the lead in the Pole Vault at the Grande Premio Internacional Caixa in Uberlandia on Thursday (16). A fourth and final jump bagged him the South American record.
The 22-year-old opened at 5.40m, which he cleared on his second attempt, and his first-time clearance at 5.60m was better than anyone else managed on the day. He then moved the bar straight up to 5.81m and once again sailed over at the first time of asking.
It added 11cm to the outdoor PB he set four days prior in Belem and broke by one centimetre the South American record of 5.80m set by compatriot Fabio da Silva in 2011. De Oliveira now holds the area record indoors and out, having set a South American indoor record of 5.71m earlier this year.
“I cannot tell you how happy I am,” said de Oliveira, who planned on visiting da Silva in hospital the following day as he is due to undergo surgery after picking up an injury in Belem.
Brazil’s Mauro da Silva produced his best jump since winning the 2012 World indoor title to win the Long Jump. His opening-round effort of 8.14m remained his best of the competition, but he followed it up with two other jumps over eight metres – 8.09m and 8.08m – to comfortably defeat fellow Brazilian Tiago da Silva (7.88m).
Following his recent South American record at last weekend’s Diamond League meeting in Doha, Argentina’s German Lauro found that 20.20m was enough to win in Uberlandia. But Brazilian record-holder Darlan Romani wasn’t too far behind, putting 19.82m for second place.
Jamaica’s Patricia Hall, winner of the 400m in Belem with 50.86, was once again in top form, this time in the 200m. She smashed the meeting record by 0.87 and improved her PB by 0.39, winning in 22.67 to beat USA’s Chauntae Bayne (22.86), who suffered from a sluggish start.
The finish was much closer in the men’s equivalent as Michael Mathieu of The Bahamas broke the meeting record with 20.38 (-0.4m/s), narrowly beating World finalist Bruno de Barros by just 0.01. De Barros had earlier won the 100m in 10.22 (-0.3m/s), the second-best time of his career.
Elsewhere, Mikele Barber won a close 100m in 11.26 as Bayne once again finished second (11.28) and Franciela Krasucki was third (11.28), South American record-holder Andressa de Morais was the only woman over 60m in the Discus, winning with 60.97m, and Bianca Stewart of The Bahamas took the Long Jump with 6.67m.
Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF