12 FEB 2012 General News Mogilev, Belarus

Ostapchuk opens with 20.70m world leader at national champs in Mogilev

Nadezhda Ostapchuk clinches the 2010 Diamond Race Trophy in the Shot put at Zurich's main train station (Getty Images)Nadezhda Ostapchuk clinches the 2010 Diamond Race Trophy in the Shot put at Zurich's main train station (Getty Images) © Copyright

Nadzeya Ostapchuk made her winter season debut an auspicious on the the Belarusian Indoor championships (10-11) at the Olypian Sports Complex in Mogilev. On Friday the 31-year-old reigning World indoor Shot Put champion reached a world-leading 20.70m.

Ostapchuk’s opening round effort of 19.65m was already the world season’s leader, one she extended in the second round before hitting 20.70m in round three. It was also the best result of the championships to earn the newspaper Sport Panorama prize for highest scoring mark. With her final attempt the iron ball flew beyond the 20-metre mark for the third time landing at 20.20m.

“I wanted to test myself In his first start of the season, to see what can I show this winter,” Ostapchuk said in an exclusive interview for IAAF.org. “It was nice to plunge once again into the competitive atmosphere, to feel the spirit of the tournament. I expected more from Natallia Mikhnevich, who I hoped would compete with me. I had to compete with myself, but I still thank the girls. It would be difficult to establish a season best alone.”

“In March, I’m going to participate in the World Indoo Championships in Istanbul. I’ll try to retain the World title. Then I intend to go to Montenegro for the European winter throwing Cup.”

It was also the first competition of the season for Mikhnevich, the Beijing Olympic silver medallist. In the fifth round she reached 19.15m to finish second. Third went to Alena Kopets, who threw 18.90m with her first attempt.

In the men's Shot Put Pavel Lyzhyn was the best at 19.80m. Second place went to Andrei Siniakou (18.43m) and third to 19-year-old Mikhal Abramchuk from Mogilev, who reached a personal best of 18.10m.

Maksim Lynsha was the best male athlete, as he s clocked 7.63 in the 60m Hurdles, just as he did a week ago at the Russian Winter meeting in Moscow. Oleksandr Shahov from Kiev was unable to compete with him, finishing more than two-tenths of a second back in 7.88.

In the 800m Ukrainians took revenge. In the strongest race Ihor Davydov from Kiev led from start to finsih to win in 1:49.24. Belarusians Maksim Yuschanka from Gomel and Andrei Kuris from Brest battled it out for the silver. The more persistent of the pair was Yuschanka with 1:50.45. Kuris finished third in 1:51.44, two seconds better than his previous personal best.

In the women’s 800m Merve Aydin from Turkey led the race, with Maryna Arzamasava then taking over an racing for the win. But over the final metres she was overtaken by Natallia Kareiva from Lida who won in 2:02:67, just o.02 head of Arzamasava’s 2:02.69. Kareiva, who won the 1500m on the first day, became a double champion on the weekend.

In the rarely-contested 3000m Steeplechase Nastassia Puzakova from Mogilev, who finished second, set a national junior record of 10:02.82. She will take part in the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. The winner was Sviatlana Kudzelich with 9:51.50.

Mikhail Dubitski for the IAAF

Select results:



1. Ihor Davydov  1:49.24

2. Maksim Yuschanka  1:50.45

3. Andrei Kuris 1:51.44

60m Hurdles:

1. Maksim Lynsha  7.63

2. Oleksandr Shahov 7.84

Shot Put:

1. Pavel Lyzhyn 19.80

2. Andrei Siniakou 18.43

3. Mikhal Abramchuk 18.10

10,000m Race Walk

1. Vitali Talankou 40:25.98

2. Andrei Talashka 40:42.14

3. Dzmitry Dziubin 41:02.02



1. Yuliya Balykina 7.25

2. Alena Danilyuk-Neumiarzhitskaya 7.30

3. Katsiaryna Hanchar 7.31


1. Hanna Tashpulatava 52.48

2. Usovich Sviatlana 52.74

3. Yulyana Yushchanka 52.79


1. Natallia Kareiva  2:02.67

2. Maryna Arzamasava 2:02.69

3000m Steeplechase:

1. Sviatlana Kudzelich 9:51.50

2. Nastassia Puzakova 10:02.82

60m Hurdles

1. Alina Talai 8.14

Shot Put

1. Nadzeya Ostapchuk 20.70

2. Natallia Mikhnevich 19.15

3. Alena Kopets 18.90

10,000m Race Walk

1. Alina Matveyuk 47:42.34


1. Brest area 323.5

2. Grodno area 236.5

3. Gomel area 189.5