Athletics: Champion Lane is right on track for more glory

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Toni Minichiello trained Sheffield athlete John Lane is feeling on top of the world after leading Great Britain to victory in the indoor International Combined Events match at the English Institute of Sport this weekend.

Lane, aged 24, broke the British record for the indoor heptathlon - 60m, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m - as Great Britain beat France, Spain, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Another Minichiello trained athlete, Sheffield Hallam University student Karla Drew, was part of the eight-strong British squad. Drew, competing in her final multi-event competition before focusing on the sprint hurdles, finished seventh in the women’s rankings in the pentathlon.

But it was Lane who was the headline act for Britain as his score of 5,982 points broke the previous British record of Alex Kruger’s 5,978 and also set a world-leading mark this season.

Lane told The Star: “I knew I was in good shape coming into the event because of my form over the past couple of weeks but I didn’t think I’d break the National Record.

“The last time I completed an indoor heptathlon was three years ago so I thought I may break my personal best.

“Over the seven events I broke my individual records four times and equalled it once so I was strong across the board rather than having one stand out event.”

Lane, who is part of Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill’s training group, now has to wait to see if his score is good enough to earn a place at the World Championships in the Polish city of Sopot between March 7-9.

Ennis-Hill was at the EIS cheering Lane on and later posted on Twitter: “New British record for @85_lane whoop whoop! #proudtrainingpartner”

Minichiello said: “We’re all really happy with John’s performance. To break a British record is a fantastic achievement.

“Karla was battling tonsillitis all weekend but felt well enough to compete.”