Swedish stars were naturally to the fore on home soil at the Karlstad GP on Wednesday night, the last European Athletics Classic Permit Meeting before the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships in two weeks’ time.
National records fell to pole vaulter Angelica Bengtsson and 800m runner Andreas Kramer while Monod Duplantis and Daniel Stahl were in fine form in the men’s pole vault and discus respectively.
Former European U20 and U23 champion Bengtsson, who also took the bronze in Amsterdam two years ago and will be looking to add to her impressive list of major championship accolades in the German capital after setting her second Swedish record in just three weeks.
Now 25, Bengtsson cleared 4.72m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne earlier this month and, to the delight of the crowd of almost 5000 fans, flew clear on her second attempt at 4.73m in Karlstad before having three failures at 4.83m.
Reigning European U23 champion Kramer improved on his own 800m national record of 1:45.13, set at the same meeting 12 months ago, by exactly 0.1 when he crossed the line in 1:45.03.
Stahl produced arguably the performance of the meeting when he sent his discus out to 69.11m to move to third on the 2018 world list and second on the European list, behind only Lithuania’s reigning world champion Andrius Gudzius.
On the night, Stahl only had two valid throws, 66.31m in the third round and his big effort one round later, which was the third best distance of his career, but he won the competition by almost five metres.
Duplantis won the pole vault with his first-time clearance at 5.65m before setting a meeting record when he went over 5.80m on his third attempt and then unsuccessfully attempting a world junior record height of 5.94m.
Russia’s Georgiy Gorokhov, competing as an Authorised Neutral Athlete was second with 5.60m while Norway´s Sondre Guttomsen cleared the same height in third place for a national U20 record.
Two other Swedish wins came in the women’s jumps with Sofie Skoog taking the honours in the high jump as the only woman over 1.90m while Erica Jarder was the best in the long jump with 6.37m.
The 400m hurdlers was won by Great Britain’s 2014 European champion Eilidh Doyle in 55.71.
Adding an international flavour to the meeting, notable successes from non-European performers came from Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Chao-Tsun, who won the javelin with 83.67m, while the USA’s Ce'aira Brown set a personal best of 1:58.01 to win the 800m.
Brown’s compatriot Erica Bougard, better known as a heptathlete, won the 100m hurdles in 12.80.