At the IAAF World Indoor Championships in the Polish town of Sopot, Belgium’s multi event specialist Thomas Van der Plaetsen ended the first day of competition 58 points ahead of his day-one score from Apeldoorn earlier this season while 19-year-old Nafi Thiam remarkably qualified for the women’s high jump final.

Van der Plaetsen kicked off with a PB mark of 7.13 in the 60m followed with a solid 7m67 jump in the long jump and another PB effort of 14m32 in the shot put. He finished the day with a 2m12 clearance in the high jump and a tally of 3477 points, 58 points ahead his overnight total (3419) when he broke his own NR score a few weeks ago in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.

The competition continues tomorrow with the 60m hurdles followed by the pole vault and 1000 meters.

Thiam, the reigning European Junior champion in the heptathlon and national record holder, decided not to compete in the multi events this indoor season and managed to qualify easily for the high jump on her first competition of the season clearing 1m94. The Geography student came to Sopot with the main aim of gaining experience competing on the highest level in an individual event. However, she stepped up and reached the final with a solid 1m92 clearance.

The high jump final is scheduled for Saturday evening at 19:15 with the final event of the men’s heptathlon set to start at 19:20.