Report23 Jun 2024

Caudery clears 4.92m world pole vault lead in Toulouse


Molly Caudery (© Ostrava Golden Spike)

Molly Caudery cleared a world pole vault lead of 4.92m to break the British record and move to seventh on the world all-time list at the Toulouse Capitole Perche on Saturday (22).

The world indoor champion’s previous best was 4.86m, achieved in Rouen in February, but she added six centimetres to that mark on her return to France at the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting in Toulouse, also improving Holly Bradshaw’s national record by two centimetres.

With her performance, achieved in wet conditions, Caudery managed the highest women’s pole vault clearance since 2021.

She entered the competition at 4.36m and cleared that, 4.51m and 4.61m on her first attempts. She passed at 4.67m and needed two tries to make it over 4.73m, but then she managed 4.80m on her first attempt and her record-breaking height on her second go. She then had a single attempt at 5.00m.

It was the 24-year-old’s first competition since she claimed bronze at the European Championships in Rome on 10 June.

Caudery’s 4.86m had been the previous world lead, with USA’s Olympic champion Katie Moon second on this year’s top list with her 4.85m clearance achieved in Chula Vista earlier this month.

Marie-Julie Bonnin of France finished second in Toulouse with 4.51m, while her compatriot Thibaut Collet won the men’s event with 5.82m.


Tolo throws Asian record

Mohamed Daouda Tolo threw 21.80m to set an Asian shot put record, while Camryn Rogers set a meeting record of 77.76m in the hammer at the Meeting Madrid, a Continental Tour Silver event, on Friday (21).

Saudi Arabia’s Tolo, the Asian Games silver medallist, improved his previous best by more than a metre to win the competition ahead of Scott Lincoln with 21.06m.

Canada’s world champion Rogers equalled the season’s best she set when winning at the Prefontaine Classic with her 77.76m throw. This time she won ahead of Anna Purchase with 71.79m.

World 400m record-holder Wayde van Niekerk dropped down in distance and won the 200m in 20.29 (-0.5m/s) ahead of his South African compatriot Akani Simbine in 20.38. 

Eliott Crestan won the men’s 800m in 1:44.28 and Catriona Bisset the women’s in 1:59.17 ahead of Worknesh Mesele with 1:59.33 as the top eight all dipped under two minutes.


Kaczmarek and Van Niekerk win in Poznan

Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek and South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk won the 200m races at the Czesław Cybulski Memorial, a Continental Tour Silver meeting, in Poznan, Poland, on Sunday (23).

World 400m silver medallist Kaczmarek ran a PB of 22.70 (2.0m/s) to triumph ahead of Bianca Williams (23.24). Two days after his 200m win in Madrid, world 400m record-holder Van Niekerk repeated the feat, this time clocking a slightly wind-assisted 20.23 (2.1m/s).

Justyna Swiety-Ersetic got a 400m win in 51.91, while Anita Horvat topped the 800m in 2:00.92.

Five-time world champion Pawel Fajdek won the hammer ahead of his Polish compatriot Wojciech Nowicki, the Olympic champion, 78.77m to 78.37m, while world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk won the women's event with a 72.00m throw ahead of China's Li Jiangyan with 71.45m.

Ernest John Obiena beat home favourite Piotr Lisek in the pole vault as he cleared 5.87m to Lisek's 5.82m. 


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