Roman Sebrle looks as if he wants to add the world indoor record to his decathlon world best, after an awesome display in the shot put, the third event of the day in the heptathlon at these 10th IAAF World Indoor Championships.
The Czech champion, now 29, and the winner of this title in 2001, having set an indoor best in the long jump earlier in the day, now added 20cm to his shot best, with 16.28m.
That added 869pts to his score, for an overall three-event score of 2812pts and well on target to challenge Dan O’Brien’s 11-year-old world best of 6476pts.
Sebrle thus overtook the early heptathlon leader, Bryan Clay, of the United States, who nevertheless kept himself in close contention on 2795pts, thanks to his 14.84m shot for 780pts.
The runner-up in the shot was the noted putter, Iceland’s Jon Arnar Magnusson whose 15.77m effort scored him 837pts and moved him into fourth position with 2682, 26 points less than Dmitriy Karpov (2708pts), who put the shot 14.95m (787pts).
The heptathletes conclude their first day’s action with the high jump, due to start at 4.05pm.