Following solid performances and two PBs on the first day of the men’s heptathlon, Belgian Van der Plaetsen went on to claim the bronze medal with a new national record score of 6259.
Thomas started Saturday with a 8,16 clocking in the 60m hurdles, just 0,03 shy off his PB. He then cleared 5m20 in the pole vault placing 2nd behind Dutchman Sintnicolaas who dominated the event clearing 5m40. With just one event left, the World University gold medallist was leading The Netherlands’ Sintnicolaas by 78 points which showed to be sufficient to hold an advantage over Sintnicolaas.
Van der Plaetsen, still only 23, crossed the line in 2min 40.50sec in the 1000m taking the bronze medal in the overall standings with a new national record tally of 6259. Gold and Silver medals went to multi event star Ashton Eaton and Belorussian Andrey Krauchanka respectively.
“This is definitely a milestone performance in my career, I’ve been working very hard coming back from an injury that kept me side-lined in 2012 and the first half of 2013 so it’s brilliant to win the bronze medal and post another NR score in such a strong field”.
Also on Saturday, multi event standout Nafissatou Thiam placed 8th in the women’s high jump final.
Both Thiam and Van der Plaetsen have scheduled their first outdoor multi event competition at the prestigious Hypomeeting in Götzis, Austria from May 31st – June 1st.