At the Dutch Championships for Combined Events in Apeldoorn, Belgian Thomas Van der Plaetsen put together a national indoor record for the heptathlon this weekend (15-16). 

The reigning World University champion kicked off his two-day competition with a 7.24 clocking in the 60m and went on to jump a 7m78 long jump PB. He continued with a 14m14 PB throw in the shot put and finished the day clearing 2m08 in the high jump, scoring a promising subtotal of 3419 points after day 1.

On Sunday, Van der Plaetsen had a decent 8.16 opener in the 60m hurdles and a first-time clearance at 5m30 in the pole vault which kept him 188 points ahead of his previous national record score with just one event to go.

He finished off with 2.44.64 in the 1000m, achieving a massive personal best score of 6188 to break his own national record with 168 points. His 6188 tally ranks him currently 2nd on the 2014 World Indoor Rankings and will hopefully qualify him for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in the Polish town of Sopot from March 7-9th.