Antonina Krivoshapka on her way to victory in the 400m at the 2012 Russian Championships (Alex Kiselev/sportfoto.ru) © Copyright
In the men’s High Jump six athletes cleared 2.31, then 2 centimetres higher Daniil Tsyplakova and Sergei Mudrov (2.33) failed, while four others – Aleksei Dmitrik, Aleksandr Shustov, Andrey Silnov and Ivan Ukhov – went on to clear 2.33, and such was thew quality of the competition only the 2011 World Championships silver medallist Aleksey Dmitrik failed to deal with 2.35.
The European champion Shustov managed to clear 2.35 to gain his bronze, while Olympic champion Silnov cleared 2.37 for silver. That left the unpredictable Ukhov, who had failed twice at 2.28, alone and he cleared 2.39m on his first effort, a world lead for 2012, so never mind that he went on to miss at 2.41.
Interesting to note that 2009 World champion Yaroslav Rybakov on a comeback after a serious leg injury, could only clear 2.20.
National Record in Women’s Hammer
Tatyana Lysenko set a new national record of 78.51m which is also the world lead of the season. Her attempts were examples of excellence: 77.37; 76.81; 76.24; x; 78.51; 77.26, in what was a high quality event. Her permanent opponent Gulfiya Khanafeyeva wasn’t that much behind with 76.04. Marina Bespalova was third – 74.91. Two more athletes bettered 70m – Anna Bulgakova (74.02 PB) and Oksana Kondratieva (72.22).
The men’s Hammer Throw was dominated by Kirill Ikonnikov whose last effort was over 80m – 80.71. Igor Vinnikov was second on the podium with 78.09. Now the Council of the Coaches will have to make their decision about the young prodigy Sergei Litvinov (the son of the legendary Olympic champion Sergei Litvinov) as he didn’t manage a single attempt in qualification and naturally missed the final.
49.16 lap for Krivoshapka
A new world lead was also set by Antonina Krivoshapka in the Women’s 400m – 49.16 which is also a PB for the 24-year-old World Championships bronze medallist from 2009. But what was also important was the level of the results overall. Seven runners made it faster then 51 sec. Yulia Gushchina (49.28) and Tatyana Firova (49.72) also set their personal bests.
In the men’s 400m, five runners went quicker than 46 sec which leaves the hope that Maksim Dyldin (45.01), Pavel Trenikhin (45.24), Vladimir Krasnov and whoever joins them as the fourth participant of the Russian 4x400m Relay team might challenge for medals in London.
Pishchalnikova spins out discus to 70.69
Darya Pishchalnikova won her national title in the Women’s Discus Throw following her brother’s (Bogdan) success in the men’s event. Pishchalnikova amazed everybody by her fighting spirit. She set the new world lead with a tremendous effort at 70.69, the best result in the event for 20 years. Vera Ganeyeva remained far behind with 64.20 for second, and Svetlana Saykina with 60.81 was third.
In other events, Konstantin Shabanov was first in the Men’s 110m Hurdles, with 13.57sec (+0.9). The experienced hurdler Yevgeniy Borisov was second – 13.81, and Aleksey Dremin, third – 13.83. In the women’s 100m Hurdles Tatyana Dektyareva continues to dominate the national scene winning with 12.81sec (+1.1). She was followed home by Yekaterina Galitskaya (12.90) and Yuliya Kondakova (12.93).
In the Men’s Pole Vault, Sergey Kucheryanu and Dmitriy Starodubtsev cleared 5.72 but Kucheryanu won the title on count-back. The silver medal winner of the Beijing Olympics Yevgeniy Lukyanenko got bronze – 5.65.
In the Men’s Long Jump Aleksandr Menkov set his new season’s best with 8.24m (+0.2). Pavel Shalin was also over 8m with 8.08m for second but Sergey Polianskiy was not happy with his leap of 7.93m in third. Luc Adams was the only one who managed to go beyond 17m in the Men’s Triple Jump – 17.06 (0.0m/s). Aleksey Fedorov was satisfied with his effort of 16.84m (0.0m/s) for second and Yuriy Kovalev tripled to 16.68 (-0.3).
Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF
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