Duplantis, Ingebrigtsen and Del Ponte triumph at European Indoors

Mondo Duplantis just missed out on another world record as Jakob Ingebrigtsen claimed his second gold, and Ajla Del Ponte clocked the fastest women's 60m of 2021.

By Rory Jiwani
Picture by (c) Adam Nurkiewicz

Armand Duplantis and Jakob Ingebrigtsen lived up to their headline billing on the final day of the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland.

Pole vault world record holder Duplantis was the only man clear at 5.85m, doing so with his first attempt.

He then went over 6.05m, a new championship record, at the second time of asking before having the bar raised to a new world record height of 6.19m.

The Swede came desperately close with his second attempt, at the venue where he set his first world best over a year ago, but had to settle for his 20th consecutive competition victory.

Valentin Lavillenie, brother of Olympic champion Renaud, jumped a personal best of 5.80m which saw him take silver ahead of home favourite Piotr Lisek on countback.

Meanwhile, Ingebrigtsen oozed class as he won the 3000m to add to his 1500m success on Friday.

In a slow tactical affair, the 20-year-old Norwegian moved around the outside to the front with five laps to go.

He wound up the pace from there, looking the epitome of calm as he gazed at the big screen in the stadium to see his rivals toiling behind.

Ingebrigtsen sprinted clear on the last lap, crossing the line in a personal best 7:48.20 with Isaac Kimeli of Belgium edging out Spain's Adel Mechaal for silver.

One of the performances of the week came from Ajla Del Ponte in the women's 60m.

The Swiss surged clear of her rivals, clocking a 2021 world leading time of 7.03s with Lotta Kemppinen of Finland taking silver from Dutchwoman Jamile Samuel, both athletes credited with 7.22s.

There was another world leading time in the 60m hurdles with Nadine Visser taking gold for the Netherlands in 7.77s.

Cynthia Sember and Tiffany Porter were second and third for Great Britain.

Keely Hodgkinson collected Britain's second gold of the event with a comfortable victory in the 800m.

The 19-year-old moved sat on Joanna Jozwik's shoulder before moving to the front with 300m to go.

She never looked like being passed from there, winning in 2:03.88 with Jozwik second ahead of fellow Pole Angelika Cichocka.

France had their first gold of the week in the men's 60m hurdles as Wilhem Belocian won in 7.42s, just one-hundredth of a second ahead of Britain's Andrew Pozzi.

Paolo Dal Molin took bronze for Italy.

Kevin Mayer doubled France's tally in the men's heptathlon after holding a narrow lead overnight.

The decathlon world record holder and Olympic silver medallist from Rio 2016 got the better of his nearest rival Simon Ehammer in the 60m hurdles, clocking 7.78s to the Swiss athlete's 7.82s.

But Ehammer came to grief in the pole vault, having three failures at his opening height of 4.50m in the pole vault.

Mayer cleared a season's best 5.20m and despite finishing seventh out of eight in the 1000m, he had more than enough in hand as he recorded a winning score of 6392 points.

Spain's defending champion Jorge Urena took silver with 6158, just ahead of Poland's Pawel Wiesiolek on 6133.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh won the women's high jump with a first-time clearance of 2.00m.

The 2019 world silver medallist led a one-two for Ukraine with Iryna Herashchenko posting a personal best of 1.98.

It would have been a Ukraine podium sweep but for Ella Junnila's Finnish record of 1.96m which saw her beat Yuliya Levchenko's 1.94m.

Mahuchikh had three failures at a new personal best of 2.07m having cleared 2.06m last month.

Portugal's Pedro Pablo Pichardo claimed the first gold of the day in the men's triple jump with a first round leap of 17.30m.

Alexis Copello, born in Cuba like Pichardo but now representing Azerbaijan, was second with 17.04m, just 3cm ahead of Germany's Max Hess.

The closest event of the week was the women's triple jump with just one centimetre separating the medallists.

Patricia Mamona won it with a new Portuguese record of 14.53m in round three.

Spain's Ana Peleteiro produced a final leap of 14.52m to match the distance of Germany's Neele Eckhardt. But Peleteiro took silver thanks to a superior second best jump.

Maksim Nedasekau won a thriller of a men's high jump.

Italy's reigning champion Gianmarco Tamberi led with a second-time clearance of 2.35m after Nedasekau had two failures at that height.

Trailing on countback, the Belarusian had one attempt at 2.37m and made it - the best height in the world this year - with Tamberi subsequently failing three times.

Thomas Carmoy of Belgium (2.26m) took bronze.

The hosts won their first gold in the men's 800m although it came from an unexpected source.

Poland's three-time winner Adam Kszczot was just out of the medals as Patryk Dobek took victory in a personal best of 1:46.81 from team-mate Mateusz Borkowski with Britain's Jamie Webb third.

The Netherlands ended up on top of the medal table with four golds, two coming in the closing 4x400m relays.

Tony van Diepen anchored the men to victory from the Czech Republic and Great Britain, before individual 400m winner Femke Bol brought home the baton for the Dutch women as they finished clear of Great Britain and Poland.


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