Young prodigy Clovis Asong, just 16 years of age, has got off to a searing start as he stormed a big PB of 46.74 secs in the heats of the 400m at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Turkey.

Doubling as a new championships record, that represents a sizeable improvement of a full three tenths of a second on his previous best of 47.04 secs, set only nine days ago at the Aviva SIAB U17 International in Cardiff, and puts him up as a super hot favourite to clinch gold in the final. Even more so when second fastest Aliaksandr Krasouski (BLR) was over one and a half second slower at 48.44 secs in the previous heat.

In other events, Sophie Papps crept inside her PB by single hundredth of a second to 11.77 secs in the Girls 100m (0.9m/sec) which made easily the fastest qualifier out of the preliminary heats while Rachael Dickens advanced only as a fastest loser despite a 55.21 secs over 400m.