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Estonia's Jõeväli has a day to remember in Tallinn 03 February 2012, www.european-athletics.org label_share

Local athlete Kaarel Jõeväli was the surprise leader in the men's heptathlon at the end of the first day of the International Combined Events Meeting in the Estonian capital of Tallinn, the second of this winter's European Athletics Indoor Permit Meetings, on Friday.

Jõeväli rattled off marks of: 60m – 6.91, long jump – 7.36m, shot put  - 12.82m, high jump – 2.04m for a total of 3301 points on the first day.

The 60m and long jump were personal bests for the 22-year-old Estonian, who was competing in his first indoor heptathlon since his days as a junior and who finished a modest 26th at the 2011 European Cup Combined Events Super League.

He also came out on top of the 16 athletes in three of the four events with only Kazakhstan's two-time World Championships decathlon bronze medallist Dmitry Karpov interrupting his winning when he produced the best shot put with 14.95m.

Karpov lies in second place overnight with 3234 points while New Zealand's Brent Newdick is third with 3211 points.

Sadly, two of the pre-competition favourites came to grief on the first day.

Local hero Andres Raja, the winner at the 2011 European Cup Combined Events Super League, failed to register a valid mark in the long jump and withdraw.

The Netherlands' 2010 European Athletics Championships decathlon silver medallist Eelco Sintnicolaas similarly brought the bar down three times at his opening height of 1.86m.

The second day on Saturday sees the concluding three events of the heptathlon - 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m - and also the women's pentathlon where the leading names are Norwegian record holder and 2006 World Junior Championships heptathlon silver medallist Ida Marcussen, Latvia's 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships heptathlon bronze medallist Laura Ikauniece and Iceland's 2010 World Junior Championships heptathlon bronze medallist medallist Helga Margret Thorsteindottir.

The complete results of the meeting can be found in both Estonian and English at the event website here.

Further details of all the 2012 European Athletics Indoor Permit Meetings can be found here.