The European Athletics Association named Angelica Bengtsson, the junior world record holder in the pole vault, as the women’s Rising Star for 2012.
BENGTSSON IS THE RISING STAR
LAUSANNE (SUI): Swedish pole vault prodigy Angelica Bengtsson is the 2012 winner of the women’s European Athletics Rising Star award. Informs European Athletics. Bengtsson becomes the first Swedish athlete of either gender to be voted as a European Athletics Rising Star and it is an honour that is fully deserved. After winning at the 2009 World Youth Championships, Bengtsson has since dominated her event in the junior ranks and won every title on offer.
This summer, she travelled to Barcelona to defend her World Junior Championships title and did so in style with a clearance at 4.50m before just failing at 4.60m, bringing the curtain down on her junior career by finishing 20 centimeters better than anyone else in the Catalan city. Her absolute world junior record of 4.63m was achieved under cover in February 2011 in front of her family and friends in Stockholm and this summer she added a centimeter to her world junior outdoor best when she scaled a Swedish senior record 4.58m at another Swedish venue in Sollentuna.
by: Larry Eder