04 MAR 2014 Preview Sopot, Poland

Women's long jump preview – IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014

Russian long jumper Svetlana Biryukova (Getty Images)Russian long jumper Svetlana Biryukova (Getty Images) © Copyright

This will be the first global championships in which world and Olympic long jump champion Brittney Reese hasn't taken part.

Winner of the past six global gold medals – comprising three from the World Championships, two from the World Indoors and one from the Olympics – the US indoor record-holder is taking a well-earned break from the 2014 indoor season.

In her absence, Svetlana Denyaeva-Biryukova leads the 2014 world indoor season list. The Russian has twice leapt 6.98m on her home turf this season – an improvement of more than 20 centimetres on her previous indoor best – and the 22-year-old will be hoping for more success on her debut on the global stage.

Undefeated this year, world bronze medallist Ivana Spanovic leapt a 6.92m national record recently and could become Serbia's first ever medallist at the World Indoors.

She will be joined in the quest for medals by France’s European champion Eloyse Lesueur, USA’s Tori Bowie and Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

Nicola Bamford for the IAAF

Women's Long Jump Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Brittney Reese USA USA 11 MAR 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Brittney Reese 7.23 USA USA Istanbul (Ataköy Arena) 11 MAR 2012

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Svetlana Biryukova RUS RUS 6.98
2 Tori Bowie USA USA 6.95
3 Ivana Španovic SRB SRB 6.92
4 Éloyse Lesueur FRA FRA 6.86
5 Katarina Johnson-Thompson GBR GBR 6.81