Ken Mullings, a Bahamian heptathlete improved upon his own national record in the men’s indoor heptathlon at the Illini Challenge on Saturday. The Illini Challenge takes place at the University of Illinois Armory in Champaign, Illinois.
Mullings accomplished a 5,933-point performance after completing the seven disciplines to smash his own record of 5,678 points, which was set in January 2020. Mullings won the event. There were 10 other competitors chasing the champ. For Mullings it was a season opener and puts him into the top-6 on the World Athletics list.
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He led the competition from start to finish.
The indoor heptathlon events include the men’s 60-metre sprint, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault, and a 1000m middle-distance run.
In the 60m sprint, the 25-year-old recorded a 6.90-second performance for 918 points. His previous best was 7.0 seconds. Mullings went on to set a personal best in the long jump when he leaped 7.24m (23’ 9”) to collect 871 points and a second-place finish in that event. His previous indoors long jump best was 7.04m.
Mullings put the shot over the 13m mark for the first time in his career; 12.90 was his previous best. Then Mullings cleared 2.08m (6’ 10”) in the high jump to score 878 points.
Mullings ran 7.93 seconds over the 60m hurdle run, which garnered him 999 points, crushing his old best of 8.08 seconds. Then he went on to clear 4.77m (15’ 7-3/4”) in the pole vault competition, scoring 840 points, his previous best was 8.40m. In the 1000m run, Mullings finished fourth, clocking 2:54.83. He scored 716 points in that event. The high jump and 1000m were the only two events where he did not record a new personal best. His performance from January 10 and 11, 2020 in Lafayette, Indiana was the site of his previous personal bests, all in one meet.