On a memorable weekend in Europe for indoor 800m running, Germany’s Marc Reuther produced one of his country’s greatest ever performances.
Reuther, 23, won over four laps at the Erfurt International on Sunday (2) in a superb 1:45.39, the best time in the world this year and the second fastest ever time by a German athlete indoors.
Just over 24 hours after Great Britain’s Jemma Reekie moved to tenth on the European indoor all-time list with 1:57.91, Reuther moved to eleventh on the men’s side and he could have his sights on the national record of 1:44.88 set by Nico Motchebon one quarter of a century ago this week.
This will mean breaking the 1:45-barrier but smashing down barriers did not seem to trouble Reuther this weekend as he lowered his indoor personal best from 1:46.51. He only just missed his outdoor lifetime best of 1:45.22 - a time he set in 2017 and matched in 2019.
Reuther was disqualified at the European Championships in Berlin in 2018 and has failed to progress past the heats at the last two editions of the World Athletics Championships but at this early juncture of the indoor season, Reuther is only 0.19 away from achieving the qualifying standard for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
European indoor champion Jan Volko won the 60m in 6.60 and Poland’s Patrycja Wyciszkiewicz provided another of the meeting’s highlights, winning the 400m in 52.55.
European all-time 800m list
1:42.69 Wilson Kipketer (DEN) 9 March 1997
1:44.15 Yuriy Borzakovskiy (RUS) 27 January 2001
1:44.57 Adam Kszczot (POL) 14 February 2012
1:44.78 Pawel Czapiewski (POL) 3 March 2002
1:44.82 Mehdi Baala (FRA) 18 February 2003
1:44.88 Nico Motchebon (GER) 5 February 1995
1:44.91 Sebastian Coe (GBR) 12 March 1983
1:44.93 Andre Bucher (SUI) 3 March 2002
1:45.22 Andrew Osagie (GBR) 15 February 2014
1:45.25 Antonio Manuel Reina (ESP) 3 March 2002
1:45.39 Marc Reuther (GER) 2 February 2020
1:45.41 Marcin Lewandowski (POL) 18 February 2012
World leading multi event performances for Erm and Vidts
European multi-events came to the fore this weekend as Estonia’s Johannes Erm and Belgium’s Noor Vidts produced early season world-leading displays.
After a fine 2019 when he won a hard-fought silver medal behind Germany’s Niklas Kaul in the decathlon at the European Athletics U23 Championships, Erm started his indoor season in great style in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Erm broke his overall personal best with a score of 6114 points to win the heptathlon ahead of his compatriot Karel Tilga who also achieved a lifetime best of 6019.
Erm set four individual lifetime bests across the weekend: 6.99 in the 60m, 14.56m in the shot put, 8.03 in the 60m hurdles and 2:36.02 in the 1000m.
Vidts was also celebrating a series of superb set of performances in Louvain-la-Neuve as she broke her indoor pentathlon score of 4446 with 4629 points to beat Hanne Maudens (4373 points) at the Belgian Indoor Combined Events Championships.
She began with a 60m hurdles lifetime best of 8.31 before a high jump of 1.79m, a shot put of 13.55m and then lifetime bests of 6.36m in the long jump and 2:16.07 in the 800m.
European U20 decathlon champion Simon Ehammer, 19, set a Swiss heptathlon record of 5915 points at the Swiss Combined Events Championships in Magglingen. Caroline Agnou won the pentathlon title with 4298 points.
Italy’s Luca Lai also brought his personal best in the 60m down from 6.65 to 6.57 in the heats in Magglingen. His mark is also a European lead.
Thomsen and Iuel break national records at Norwegian Championships
Domestic records were being broken all across the continent by and nowhere more so than at the Norwegian Indoor Championships in Rud.
If 2017 European U20 shot put champion Marcus Thomsen is looking to make a breakthrough this year, he is going about it the right away after reaching 21.01m to break the national record of 20.98m which had stood to Georg Andersen for almost 31 years.
Amalie Iuel already owned the Norwegian indoor 400m record with 52.52 but she lowered that performance with a European leading time of 52.25.
Henriette Jaeger, 16, was another standout performance at the Norwegian Indoor Championships. Jaeger broke three national records in the U18 age-group on Saturday over 60m, running 7.46 in the heats, 7.43 in the semifinals and then 7.37 in the final before winning the 200m the following day in 23.55, the fourth best on the European all-time U18 lists.
Reigning European U18 and U20 pole vault champion Pal Haugen Lillefosse also improved his Norwegian indoor U20 record to 5.65m before attempting 5.74m.
Sinancevic breaks Kolasinac’s Serbian indoor shot put record
In 2013, Asmir Kolasinac won gold at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg and held the Serbian indoor record with 21.06m but that mark eclipsed by 23-year-old Armin Sinancevic who won with 21.13m at the Serbian Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
Kolasinac, who has twice surpassed the 21-metre line during the indoor season, had to settle for second with 19.96m.
Elsewhere, Strahinja Jovancevic won the long jump with 7.92m and Elzan Bibic won the 3000m in 8:12.93.
Nearly three years after establishing the Portuguese high jump record of 2.24m, Paulo Conceicao extended his record to 2.28m at the CMCM Indoor in Kirchberg, Luxembourg, and he was not alone in rewriting history.