Mikk up to his old trick of winning | 02.02.2013
His success arrived with a score of 6362 and now the Estonian is ready to reclaim that crown.
On home soil in Tallinn this afternoon (Saturday), Pahapill completed an outstanding two days by winning the seven-event competition at the European Athletics International Combined Events Meeting.
So close to the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Göteborg in under a month, Pahapill could not have asked for a better triumph.
After day one Pahapill found himself in second place with 3423 points, trailing fellow Estonian Kaarel Jõeväli by just 33 with Luiz Alberto de Araujo, of Brazil, third with 3316.
And it was that trio which took the first three places at the end of this second day but Jõeväli was left in third with 5899 as Pahapill won and de Araujo was second with 5916, achieving his aim of breaking Brazil's heptathlon record of 5753.
Personal bests in the 60m, of 6.90, Long jump, of 7.67m, and Shot put, of 13.88m, along with matching his best clearance of 2.04m, had given Jõeväli the overnight advantage.
And the opening event of this second day saw Jõeväli stretch his lead, even though he was only fourth in the 60m hurdles in 8.19 as Estonian Andres Raja won in 7.95.
De Araujo was third in 8.06 with Pahapill back in sixth in 8.33.
Jõeväli increased his advantage with 4391 against Papahill's 4323 but the Pole Vault changed the whole course of the competition.
It was here that Pahapill showed why he will be such a major contender in Göteborg as he cleared 4.94m with Jõeväli managing only 4.54m.
It meant 120 points more for Pahapill in a really fine series of executions over the bar, with first attempt clearances at 4.64m, 4.84m, and 4.94m before he failed at 5.04m.
But on this day 4.94m was enough, taking him into the 1000m knowing he had control of the competition.
And he completed the victory in style by winning his heat in 2:45.92 with Jõeväli back in fifth in 2:52.85.
This second day of the meeting staged a women's pentathlon, where the glory goes to Latvian Laura Ikauniece, 20, a potential superstar of the multi-events.
Ikauniece won bronze in the heptathlon at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki last summer but here in Tallinn her victory was secured came after her closest rival missed the 800m.
But that should nothing away from another fine performance from this youngster.
The opening event, the 60m hurdles, brought delight for the home crowd as Grit Šadeiko, who was third in Helsinki, won it in 8.35 with Ikauniece second in 8.52.
It put her ahead with 1050 points from Ikauniece with 1013 and Russian Kristina Savitskaya third in 980 after her run of 8.67.
Savitskaya then took the overall lead as she won the high jump with 1.83m from Ikauniece's 1.80m.
Savitskaya was eighth at the Olympic Games so she knows how to handle the biggest of stages and her 1996 points put her five in front of both Šadeiko after her jump of 1.77m and Ikauniece.
But still there was no sign of the final outcome as Savitskaya extended her advantage even further with the 785 points her victory in the Shot put brought with 13.86m as Ikauniece was only fifth with 12.32m and Šadeiko in seventh with 11.73.
It meant the Russian now had a 108 lead over Ikauniece's - 2781 to 2673 - ahead of the Long Jump where the balance of power took a major shift.
The event was won by Brazilian Vanessa Chefer Spinola with 6.04m in the second round but as Savitskaya fouled on her first and third efforts, recording only 5.56m in the second round, Ikauniece leaped in with a last jump of 5.87m for third place and 810 points, 93 more than her Russian rival.
Even though Savitskaya led by 15 points, 3498 to 3483, in the end the Russian did not start the final event, the 800m, which Spinola won in 2:16.82 followed by Norway's Ida Marcussen in 2:17.43 with Ikauniece third in 2:20.74.
It meant victory for Ikauniece with 4296 from Spinola with 4261 and Finland's Miia Kurppa in third with 4153.