Commonwealth silver medallist clears 1.97m in Hustopece, while Holly Mills impresses in exciting under-20 pentathlon competition in Cardiff

Morgan Lake got her year off to a strong start by equaling the UK indoor high jump record with a clearance of 1.97m in Hustopece, Czech Republic.

The 21-year-old Commonwealth silver medallist had cleared that height outdoors when winning the British title last summer, but her previous indoor best was 1.94m from 2015.

Clearing that height four years ago (report here), Lake broke the national under-20 record in a competition which also saw heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson break the British senior record with 1.97m – the mark Lake matched on Saturday.

Ukraine’s Kateryna Tabashnyk won the competition on countback ahead of her 17-year-old compatriot Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who broke the European indoor under-20 record and equalled the world indoor under-20 record with her 1.99m clearance. Lake placed third.

Holly Mills was among the athletes to impress in Cardiff on Saturday following an exciting under-20 pentathlon competition.

In the Combined Events International, she scored a PB of 4216 points to move to third on the British under-20 all-time list behind Lake and Johnson-Thompson and amazingly that mark was exactly matched by Spain’s Maria Vicente, resulting in a tie.

Mills started off with PBs of 8.42 in the 60m hurdles and 1.75m in the high jump, while Vicente clocked 8.49 and also cleared 1.75m.

Mills then improved her shot put lifetime best from 11.01m to 11.27m and long jumped 5.92m as Vicente threw 12.03m and leapt 6.15m.

Finally, Mills recorded another PB with 2:19.75 in the 800m as Vicente clocked 2:27.69 for the same overall score, which saw Vicente break the Spanish under-20 record.

Over in Vienna, Rachel Miller further improved to a European-leading 60m PB of 7.20, while Amber Anning ran a 400m PB of 53.35 for the fastest time by a British under-20 athlete for 49 years.

Double world relay medallist and 400m specialist Zoey Clark claimed two medals – 200m gold and 60m silver – at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow.

First she clocked a PB of 7.42 in the 60m behind Portugal’s Tamiris de Liz (7.37) before running 23.60 to take the 200m title in her sixth race of the day.

In the men’s long jump, Alessandro Schenini and Stephen McKenzie both improved on the previous Scottish under-20 indoor record with leaps of 7.52m and 7.51m respectively.

Further weekend coverage can be found here.

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