Ukraine’s Alina Shukh broke her three-year-old lifetime best in the heptathlon at the Ukrainian Team Championships in Lutsk on Sunday (16).
Shukh won the European U20 title in Grosseto in 2017 with 6381 points and the 21-year-old finally eclipsed that score in her first heptathlon of the season, tallying a world leading total of 6386 points. “Not bad for the first competition, but I still feel like I can improve a lot!” Shukh wrote on her Instagram page.
Shukh excelled on the first day with a 1.91m clearance in the high jump and she concluded her campaign brilliantly, reaching out to 53.64m in the javelin and recording a fast 2:11.31 in the 800m which took her five points in excess of her previous lifetime best.
With a more benign wind in the 200m, Shukh would have almost certainly surpassed the 6400 point-barrier but a 2.2 m/s headwind pegged her back to a modest 26.62.
World and European finalist Iryna Klymets was in great shape in the hammer, producing throws of 73.01m and 72.96m. Viktoriya Tkachuk also won the 400m in a fast 51.85 ahead of European 400m hurdles silver medallist Hanna Ryzhykova in 52.01.
Nedasekau clears a world lead of 2.33m in Minsk
Maksim Nedasekau began his competition in Minsk on Saturday (15) by clearing 2.02m off a three step approach but the European silver medallist eventually cleared a world leading height of 2.33m.
One of six athletes to jointly hold the world lead at 2.30m prior to the weekend, Nedasekau cleared 2.26m before raising the bar to a prospective world lead of 2.31m. After two failures, Nedasekau – as he often does – gambled at the next height of 2.33m and the 22-year-old duly went cleared before unsuccessful attempts at lifetime bests of 2.36m and 2.37m.
“I’m so glad I cleared 2.33m; now I lead the world ranking alone. My attempts at 2.36m and 2.37m were good in principle but we still need to practice technically to overcome it. If I am invited to international competitions, I will gladly perform at them because I am in good shape,” said Nedasekau, who finished fourth at the World Championships last year.
Elsewhere, Pavel Bareisha won the men’s hammer with 76.41m and Iryna Vaskouskaya won the triple jump with 14.05m ahead of former European U20 champion Violetta Skvartsova with 13.89m.
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