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Austria's Distelberger and Latvia's Ikauniece win in Tallinn 04 February 2012, www.european-athletics.org label_share

Austria's 21-year-old Dominik Distelberger had a strong second day to win the men's heptathlon with 5803 points at the International Combined Events Meeting in the Estonian capital of Tallinn on Saturday.

Distelberger, who set his personal best of 5951 points when finishing third in Tallinn 12 months ago was fourth overnight at the second of this winter's European Athletics Indoor Permit Meetings but he made up a lot of ground on the men ahead of him when he was the quickest in the 60m hurdles in 8.02m.

He remained in fourth place but a personal best of 4.93m in the pole vault moved him up to second place, just seven points behind Estonia's overnight leader Kaarel Jõeväli.

However, Distelberger is by far the better distance runner - his 1500m outdoor personal best is almost 20 seconds faster than Jõeväli – and he made this advantage count when he went around five laps of the track in 2:46.71.

However, all credit has to go to Jõeväli who finished less than three seconds in arrears in 2:49.51 to put together a personal best score of 5781 points and ended the second day just 18 points in arrears.

Jõeväli got personal bests in all three events on Saturday, starting off the afternoon with 8.33 in the 60m hurdles and then adding a massive 23 centimetres to his career best when he went over 4.63m in the pole vault.

Like Distelberger, Latvia's 2011 European Athletics Junior Championships heptathlon bronze medallist Laura Ikauniece was third in Tallinn last year but moved up two places in the women's pentathlon this time around with a personal best of 4346 points.

Ikauniece, still only 19, rattled off scores of: 60m hurdles – 8.44, high jump – 1.80m, shot put – 11.29m, long jump – 6.00m, 800m – 2.16,30; where were indoor personal bests in all events apart from the long jump. 

She won the first two events but a big shot put of 14.74m by Iceland's 2010 World Junior Championships heptathlon bronze medallist medallist Helga Margret Thorsteindottir, more than three metres better than Ikauniece and more than a metre better than anyone else, took the latter into the lead by 28 points after three events.

However, the Latvian regained the lead after winning the long jump and retained it to the finish despite Thorsteindottir being the fastest in the 800m with 2:12.97.

Thorsteindottir, only 20 herself, finished second overall with a national record of 4298 points after producing performances of 9.03, 1.74m, 14.74m, 5.59m and 2.12,97.

Norway, 2006 World Junior Championships heptathlon silver medallist Ida Marcussen was third with 4256 points, just 27 points short of her own Norwegian record, with individual marks: 8.81, 1.71m, 13.26m, 5.84m, 2.14.99.

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.