China Daily (Hong Kong)

Italy’s Iapichino lands mother of all records


European junior champion Larissa Iapichino set a new indoor under20 long jump world record on Saturday to match the Italian mark of her mother, Fiona May.

Iapichino jumped 6.91 meters at the national championsh­ips in the Italian Adriatic town of Ancona.

The 18-year-old overtook the previous under-20 record of 6.88m achieved by German legend Heike Drechsler on Feb 1, 1983 in Berlin.

Iapichino also equaled the Italian long jump record which her UK-born mother, a two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist, achieved aged 28 on her way to gold at the European Indoor Championsh­ips in Valencia in March 1998.

“I found the necessary energy jump after jump, then the incredible happened,” said Iapichino, who also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with the best jump so far this year.

“The Olympics? I’ll go and learn from the best.”

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