Fan favourite Nafi Thiam opened her 2014 indoor season in fine fashion by winning the women’s high jump competition at the Record Bank Flanders Indoor in Ghent on Sunday February 9 setting a personal best of 1m94.
The 19-year-old European Junior Champion in the heptathlon who also surprised with a 1m92 performance in the high jump at last year’s IAAF World Championships in Moscow cleared 1m94 on her second attempt after a third-attempt clearance at 1m91, to win the overall competition ahead of Leverne Spencer (1m91).
“I am actually pretty surprised with my performance today as this is only my first competition of the season, but I am very happy and satisfied with the win and the qualifying mark for Sopot.” Said the geography student.
Now Thiam’s attention will shift to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot next month.
Another outstanding performance belonged to fellow-Belgian Cedric Nolf who claimed 2nd place overall in the men’s triathlon. Nolf came second in the 60m in a new personal best of 7.03 and went on to jump 7m53 in the long jump. In the shot put he delivered a 13m20 throw to finish 2nd overall behind Ukranian Kasyanov and ahead of Dutchman Eelco Sintnicolaas.
800m stand out Jan Van Den Broeck ran an honorable race finishing 5th in a season’s best mark of 1.48.20.