Thiam breaks world indoor pentathlon record in Istanbul

European Athletics Indoor Championships
Athletics - European Athletics Indoor Championships - Atakoy Arena, Istanbul, Turkey - March 3, 2023 Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam poses with the screen as she sets a new world record and wins the women's pentathlon REUTERS/Murad Sezer

March 3 (Reuters) - Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam, double Olympic heptathlon champion, broke the pentathlon world record with 5,055 points at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday.

Thiam beat Poland's Adrianna Sulek, silver medallist, who with 5,014 points also surpassed the previous world record set in 2012 by Ukraine's Nataliya Dobrinska (5,013 points).

After running 8.23 in the 60 meters hurdles and clearing 1.92m in the high jump, Thiam achieved a personal best of 15.54m in the shot put and jumped 6.59m in the long jump.

In the 800 metres, the 28-years-old athlete clocked a time of 2:13.60, which meant she broke the record with her tally totalling 5,055 points.

Noor Vidts joined her Belgian team mate on the podium, claiming bronze with a score of 4,823.

Reporting by Angelica Medina in Mexico City Editing by Christian Radnedge

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