Katie Byres, fourth at the European U20 Championships in Tallinn last summer, has taken a huge leap up the international junior vaulting ranks as she soared over a second, but this time a total, UK U20 record in as many outings this winter.

Byres clears a UK U20 indoor record of 4.16m off 12 strides in Orleans last month

The 18-year-old Julien Raffalli‘s charge carved out a massive 20cm on her previous UK indoor figure of 4.16m on her season debut in Orleans early last month as she reached a new milestone of 4.36m at Aulnay, Paris, last night to even eclipse the outdoor record of her groupmate, and UK number one, Holly Bleasdale at 4.35m in her stride.

That last mark was set in Blackburn in June 2010 en route to a bronze medal at the World U20 Championships in Moncton for the latter.

France proves a happy ground for Raffalli’s group as Bleasdale herself scaled over a total UK record of 4.71m in Orleans as well last month and Byres will be looking for even more when steps out into the arena of Clermont Ferrand next Saturday.

Incidentally, she is lying now just 4cm off the Olympic B standard although she is effectively going to need to meet the A standard of 4.50m if she is  to lay a claim on a place in the British team for London. But at that rate nothing can be ruled out.

Andrew Sutcliffe, the world U20 bronze medallist, came runner-up on countback at a SB of 5.22m in the men’s B competition.