Ratified: Iapichino's world U20 indoor long jump record


Larissa Iapichino's world U20 indoor long jump record of 6.91m, set at the Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona on 20 February, has been ratified.

With that mark achieved in the fifth round of the competition, the 18-year-old added three centimetres to the record which had been set by Heike Drechsler in Berlin on 1 February 1983.

It placed Iapichino a close third on the world lists for the indoor season, behind only Tara Davis of the USA with 6.93m and Ukraine's Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk with 6.92m.

"Surreal, a dream, I have no words to describe it," Iapichino told the Italian athletics federation. "The first thing I thought is: 'I jumped like my mom'. Only later I realised that 6.91m is also the world under-20 record, and that is the standard for Tokyo!"