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Scotching 12.84s By Korte As Finland National Record Was Broken In Central European Meet

Full athletics meet seem to be in full blown as more European meet continue today; a follow-up to yesterday meet across Scandinavia.

Finland’s Annimari Korte and Bence Halasz of Hungary were the key highlights on Sunday (7) as athletics action continued its return in European countries that are emerging from lockdown. 

Korte clocked 12.84 in the 100m hurdles at the Uusi Alku meeting in Lahti, Finland, the second second fastest of her career, trailing just the 12.72 national record she set last year in Joensuu. She clocked 13.03 in the heats.

Korte competes next in Oslo’s Impossible Games on Thursday where she’ll contest the 200m hurdles.

That rarely-run event was also on the Lahti men’s programme. Oskari Moro, the national record holder in the 400m hurdles, clocked 23.24 to break a national record set 33 years ago.

Topi Raitanen, an 8:31 steeplechase runner, won the flat 3000m in 7:52.89, just shy of his 7:52.82 career best set last season.

The field events also witnessed an increndible performance like yesterday in Scandinavia meet as athletics meeting move to Central Europe.

Hungary’s Bence Halasz, the reigning World Championships bronze medallist in the hammer throw, threw 78.86m at a meeting in Szombathely, the farthest in the world this year. It was the 22-year-old’s third competition since restrictions in Hungary were eased in late May.

About 265km to the southwest, Kristjan Ceh, the European U23 champion in the discus, broke the Slovenian national record at a throws meeting in Domzale on Sunday (7), reaching 66.29m.

His effort shattered the previous mark of 64.79m set by Igor Primc in 1999. It was the 21-year-old’s first competition since the national winter throwing championship on 7 March when he threw 63.48m. He set his previous lifetime best of 63.82m when taking the continental U23 title in Gavle, Sweden, last year.

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