Weekend in numbers: big jumps, records and broken down cars


1 – The amount of times an Ethiopian woman has been awarded the prestigious AIMS/ASICS Female Athlete of the Year award, following the presentation of the gong to Olympic marathon champion Tiki Gelana. 

3 – The number of records smashed by 16-year-old US middle-distance sensation Mary Cain in the two miles at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston. She set the US High School two miles record of 9:38.69, and the US High School and US Junior 3000m records.

5 – The number of times in succession that Olympic high jump bronze medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim has cleared 2.30m or more this indoor season. The Qatari athlete sits top of the world lists following his impressive 2.37m clearance at the Russian winter meeting in Moscow.

8 – The number of kilometres (5 miles) from Boston that pole vaulter Jenn Suhr’s car broke down on her way to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. The Olympic champion shrugged off the distraction to win the meet with a world-leading height of 4.76m.

10 – The number of steps (which is not very many) taken on the long jump runway by Olympic silver medalist Mitchell Watt, to win the Hunter Track Classic in Australia. He achieved a distance of 7.56m.

400 – The total number of metres covered by New Zealand international hockey player Anita Punt en route to two victories at the International Track Meet in Christchurch. Punt took on and beat her more established track rivals, winning the 100m in 12.61 and the 300m in 39.6, on the grass surface at Christ’s College.

4558 – Total points achieved by 18-year-old Belgian Nafissatou Thiam, who bettered Swedish legend Carolina Kluft’s world junior heptathlon record by 23 points in Gent.

6000 – The approximate value in US dollars (£3814) of Mike Leckie’s sculpture of a nude discus thrower, which he has been reunited with 23 years after a thief nicked it from a Eugene art gallery.