Rising track and field star Helga Margrét Thorsteinsdóttir, who is only 17, made her country proud at the track and field tournament in Kladno, Czech Republic, yesterday, when she set a new Icelandic record in heptathlon with 5,878 points.
In Kladno, Thorsteinsdóttir ran the 800 meter, the last event in the heptathlon, in 2:16.14, which is her personal best.
Through her achievements at the tournament, Thorsteinsdóttir shot up from the second to the top seat on the list of the world’s best track and field teenage athletics in heptathlon, 19 and younger.
Thorsteinsdóttir is only 22 points away from the minimum score to qualify for the adult world tournament in heptathlon and has one more chance to do so. She competes at the teenage European championship in the sport in Serbia, July 23-26.
“It’s […] a bittersweet feeling. I improved a lot and everything worked out, but then there are these 22 points that are missing, which hang over you. But I’ll just get them later; I’m satisfied with my achievement,” Thorsteinsdóttir told Morgunbladid.