World champion, Venezuela Yulimar Rojas landed a world-leading 14.71m jump to win the triple jump at a low-key competition in Castellon on Saturday (5).
The world indoor record-holder had opened her outdoor season in mid-August at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Monaco, winning with a modest 14.27m. Today in Castellon, however, she returned to producing the big jumps for which she is known for.
After a foul in the opening round, she landed at 14.47m in round two and almost matched that in the third round with 14.42m. As she did when setting her indoor (15.43m) and outdoor (15.41m) PBs, Rojas saved her best for the last round as she bounded out to 14.71m (0.7m/s).
In Tampere on the first day of action at Finnkampen, the long-running annual Finland vs Sweden match, world champion Daniel Stahl produced the best performance.
He dominated the discus with two throws beyond 69 metres, his best a 69.20m effort in the third round, just 22 centimetres shy of the competition record he set last year. He led a Swedish 1-2-3 in that event with compatriots Simon Pettersson (63.79m) and Jakob Gardenkrans (56.93m) finishing behind him.
Finland excelled in the men’s hammer, though, with Aaron Kangas throwing 76.74m to lead a Finnish sweep of the podium spots. World bronze medallist Perseus Karlstrom won the men’s 10,000m race walk for Sweden in 39:24.47.
Heading into the second day, Finland leads the men’s contest, 120 to 104 points, while Sweden leads the women’s, 103 to 80.
Coppell breaks national pole vault record at British Championships
Harry Coppell scaled a UK record of 5.85m to win the pole vault at the British Championships, producing the highlight of the two-day competition in Manchester.
The 2013 world U18 champion entered the competition at 5.42m, the rest of the field having exited at that point. He got over it on his first try, then did the same at 5.62m. He needed three attempts to clear 5.72m, then moved the bar straight up to 5.85m.
On his final try at the record height, he cleared the bar without touching it, adding two centimetres to the outright UK record of 5.83m set indoors by Luke Cutts in 2014.