Reigning European indoor and outdoor champion Miltiadis Tentoglou continued his spectacular run of form with a jump of 8.48m on the second day of the Greek Championships in Patra on Sunday (6).
His latest feat comes just 11 days after he moved to third on the European outdoor all-time list with a phenomenal jump of 8.60m in Kallithea on 26 May.
Tentoglou had marginal fouls with his first two attempts but observors estimated that he landed close to 8.60m.
Adjusting his run up for his third attempt, he barely hit the board but still went out to 8.41m, the second-best distance of his career. A fourth attempt was also a foul but in the fifth round everything came together, and he jumped 8.48m before fouling again in the sixth round.
"I felt my legs were in great condition today. I think I could do crazy things if I didn't make some mistakes. To date, in training we have not done much jumping. The third jump was 8.41m and I took off with a lot to spare. I’m happy today but can do even better,” Tentoglou told local media.
At the German Championships in Braunschweig on Sunday, Robert Farken showed that his 1500m win at the recent European Athletics Team Championships Super League was no fluke when he won a high quality 1500m in a championship record and personal best of 3:34.64.
His time smashed the long-standing mark of 3:37:00 set by Thomas Wessinghage back in 1977. The 23-year-old from Leipzig came home ahead of Marius Probs, who was second in 3:35.88.
Alexandra Burghardt followed up her personal best of 11.14 when winning the 100m on Saturday by completing the sprint double with a 200m victory in 23.15. Other track highlights included Carolina Krafzik winning the 400m hurdles in 54.86 Tokyo qualifier and Corinna Schwab winning the 400m in 52.54.
In the field events on Sunday, world and European champion Malaika Mihambo won the long jump with 6.62m while Kristin Pudenz edged out Marike Steinacker in the women’s discus 64.07m to 64.02m, and Daniel Jasinski took his first national title in the men’s event with 65.08m.
At the Chateau de l´Emperi , a castle which dates from the 9th century, in Salon-de-Provence 17-year-old Anthony Ammirati (he turns 18 on 16 July) sensationally improved from his previous best of 5.50m to a French U20 record of 5.72m.
Only Mondo Duplantis has vaulted higher at the age of 17, and Ammirati moved up to equal 7th on the world U20 all-time list. Into the bargain, he beat all his older rivals including Renaud and Valentin Lavillenie, who finished second and third respectively with the same height.
Ammirati also elevated himself into the role of favourite for gold at the European Athletics U20 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia next month.
At another French meeting in Montelimar, six-time national discus champion Lolassonn Djouhan added more than a metre to his previous best of 65.10m, which dated from 2017, when he launched his implement out to 66.66m.
On the US west coast in Chula Vista, Great Britain’s 2016 European long jump silver medallist Jazmin Sawyers improved her best to 6.90m on Sunday.