Kirt breaks Estonian javelin record with 88.45m in Tartu

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Estonia's Magnus Kirt broke former world champion Andrus Varnik's long-standing national record in the javelin in Tartu

Such has been the amazing standard of the javelin this summer, Estonia’s Magnus Kirt will know he may have to go even further than his national record on Sunday (3) if he is to challenge for a medal at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships this summer.

But along with the Czechs Petr Frydrych and Jakub Vadlejch, Kirt is now among the major threats to the German triumvirate of Johannes Vetter, Andreas Hofmann and Thomas Rohler after a superb 88.45m at the 54th edition of Gustav Sule Memorial in Tartu. 

His mark breaks the previous best of 87.83m held by Andrus Varnik since 2003 and makes him the fifth best thrower in the world in 2018 behind the German trio and Vadlejch.

As he was celebrating at home, Turkey’s Alperen Acet, who only turned 20 last month, was having quite a time at the Romanian International Open Championships in Cluj-Napoca as he broke the national high jump record with an excellent 2.30m.

Metin Durmusoglu’s now-beaten mark of 2.26m would have been 16 years old this week but Acet has now moved himself into world class after breaking his own personal best by eight centimetres. 

His previous best mark was achieved in Grosseto last summer when he was fourth at the European Athletics U20 Championships. Now he can look towards greater success in his first season in the senior ranks. 

Rutherford makes a winning comeback in Oordegem

After missing the IAAF World Championships in London last summer with injury, Greg Rutherford began his journey on Saturday towards chasing a hat-trick of European long jump titles.

The Brit opened his season in Oordegem, Belgium, with a best leap of 7.86m for victory at the Memorial Leon Buyle. 

Bigger marks will be very much on the agenda for the 2012 Olympic champion who then won European gold in Zurich in 2014 with 8.29m and retained his title in Amsterdam in 2016 with 8.25m. He will be looking to become the first male jumper in history to claim three successive European long jump titles in Berlin.

At the same meeting, there were good times over the barriers as Italy’s Paolo Dal Molin ran 13.63 to win the 110m hurdles and Belgium’s Sarah Missinne won the 100m hurdles in 13.19. Rutherford’s compatriot Jamie Webb also won the 800m in a fast 1:45.73. 

Garcia breaks Spanish U23 20km race walk record

Wherever you looked across Europe at the weekend, records were being broken across all different categories.

In La Coruna, Spain’s reigning European U23 champion Diego Garcia put down a marker ahead of the European Championships in Berlin, finishing second in 1:19:18 in the 20km walk at the 32nd Gran Premio Cantones. His time was a personal best and a Spanish U23 record as he finished four seconds behind Colombia’s world champion Eider Arevalo.

It moves Garcia to second on this year’s lists, having previously registered a quickest mark of 1:21:15.

In Gothenburg, Carl Bengtstrom, 18, ran 50.02 for a Swedish U20 400m hurdles record while at the different end of the age scale, Slovakia’s hammer record-holder Martina Hrasnova, 35, returned from injury in Banska Bystrica to throw a fine 73.25m, the best ever throw from a European veteran

Fast 4x100m clocking for Germany in Regensburg

The Sparkassen Gala always brings fast times and Sunday’s meeting in Regensburg lived up to its reputation as the German quartet of Rebekka Haase, Yasmin Kwadwo, Tatjana Pinto and Gina Luckenkemper combined to win the 4x100m relay in a European-leading of 42.24.

Their time was faster than their gold medal-winning time from the IAAF World Relays in Nassau last April and faster than their clocking at the IAAF World Championships in London where they finished fourth. 

Pinto was also in good form individually, clocking 11.15 and 11.11 in the 100m. 

Hungary’s European U23 hammer champion Bence Halasz improved his personal best to 79.57m at the Budapest Open Agoston Schulek Memorial on Saturday and fellow European U23 champion Konrad Bukowiecki set an outdoor season’s best of 21.06m in Lodz on Sunday. 

Elsewhere, Poland’s former world champion Pawel Wojciechowski cleared a season’s best of 5.81m in the pole vault for a meeting record in Sopot. 

And anything dad can do? Not just yet for Sweden’s Melvin Lycke-Holm, who cleared 1.95m in the U14 category in Kil where his father, Stefan Holm, the 2004 Olympic champion, was still better as he went over at 2.00m.