12 MAR 2006 General News Moscow, Russia

Kotova hits 7m on first - Moscow

Tatyana Kotova (RUS) celebrates her 7.00m win in Moscow (AFP / Getty Images)Tatyana Kotova (RUS) celebrates her 7.00m win in Moscow (AFP / Getty Images) © Copyright

Tatyana Kotova had been waiting for this since Helsinki when the unsung Tianna Madison snatched gold from her grasp in the Finnish rain. This time there was to be no surprise, as the Russian killed the competition off in round one with a world leading 7.00m.

She had qualified with ease with one jump at 6.73 the day before and said. “I usually add around 20cm to my qualification in the finals, so if that happens, it should be OK.” She was as good as her word...

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