Gianmarco Tamberi and Marco Fassinotti clear 2.35m at the Banska Bystrica high jump meeting, while Robbie Grabarz jumps 2.33m

A capacity crowd at the 22nd Banska Bystrica high jump meeting saw both Gianmarco Tamberi and Marco Fassinotti break the Italian indoor record with a world-leading clearance of 2.35m on Thursday.

Tamberi, competing in his first meet of the year, cleared the winning height on his first attempt, while Fassinotti managed the mark on his second go to equal Tamberi’s national record.

After two attempts at 2.37m, Tamberi upped the bar to 2.40m for his final attempt.

Donald Thomas of Bahamas cleared 2.33m for third, while Britain’s Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz matched that height in fourth for his best clearance since 2012.

“I did not expect such a result in my first meeting, but I love it here,” said Tamberi. “I will be back next year to attack 2.40m.”

In the women’s competition, Doreen Amata cleared a Nigerian indoor record of 1.93m for victory before attempting a world-leading and African indoor record height of 1.98m.

In second, Sofie Skoog of Sweden improved her indoor PB to 1.91m as her coach Stefan Holm watched from the stands. Czech world junior leader Michaela Hruba also cleared that height for third.

British outdoor high jump record-holder Isobel Pooley cleared 1.88m for joint fourth with Saint Lucian Levern Spencer, while Britain’s double world junior champion Morgan Lake also cleared that height and finished seventh.

Lithuania’s world leader Airine Palsyte had an early exit from the competition with a best of 1.80m for ninth.

“I do not understand what happened. I did not cope with the surface, but that is not an excuse, I need to analyse it,” she said after her three attempts at 1.85m.

Kimetto in Spain

World marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto is set to compete in the Granollers Half Marathon on the road to the London Marathon in April this Sunday.

According to organisers, Kimetto looks set to try and challenge the course record held by the late Sammy Wanjiru at 59:26.

His rivals include fellow Kenyans Titus Mbishei, Matthew Kipkoech, Vincent Yator and Emmanuel Bor while Carles Castillejo leads the domestic hopes.

The leading contenders in the women’s race include Kenya’s Nancy Jepkosgei Kiprop and Ukraine’s Olha Kotovska. 12,000 runners are set to compete.

Barshim at Pedro’s Cup

Fresh from clearing a world-lead of 2.34m in Malmo (improved in Banska Bystrica), Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim will compete in the Pedro’s Cup in Lodz.

He will face Ukraine’s Andrei Protsenko and leading Polish athletes Sylwester Bednarek and Wojciech Theiner.

Roleder in multi-events training

Despite winning a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships, Cindy Roleder is still training for the multi-events, reports IAAF.

“I’m still training for the heptathlon and planning to compete in Gotzis, but then I’ll be focusing on the hurdles with Rio in mind,” she said.

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