Nadzeya Ostapchuk unleashing a 21.39m national record for Belarus in Grodno (Nastassia Marynina) © Copyright
On 12 June Ostapchuk rewrote the national record books at the new throwing facility at the National Olympic Training Center for athletics in Minsk, by sending the shot 21.13m. On Friday (6), in Grodno, she twice topped that mark. In the second round she reached 21.32m, and then in the sixth pushed the flag of the national record a further seven centimetres to 21.39. She also bettered 21 metres in the third round with 21.05m.
Ostapchuk did not hide her joy.
"I did a serious power workout this morning," she said, "and in the evening went to the stadium and twice beat my national record. Draw the conclusion – together with coach Alexander Efimov we’ve chosen the right training course, some interesting new things. I am sure that after coming back from the intense training sessions, I can add more."
Natallia Mikhnevich was not able to overpower the 20-metre barrier in Grodno where she set her 20.70m PB four years ago. On Friday, she reached 19.77m, improving her season’s best by five centimetres. This gave her second place, with Yanina Pravalinskaya-Karolchyk taking third with 18.31m. All three will be going to the London Olympics.
Windy 7.22m for Mironchyk-Ivanova
Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova again surprised everyone with a series of long jumps. Back on 12 June at the Olympic Prizes meeting in Minsk, she crossed the seven-metre barrier for the first time with a 7.01m leap and bettered it later in the competition to 7.08m. She was disappointed afterwards hoping to come closer to the national record of 7.39m set by Yelena Belevskaya way back in 1987.
Mironchyk-Ivanova missed the national mark in Grodno, but again produced notable jumps. With her first attempt she reach 7.01m (+2.0) and then, aided by a hefty +4.3 m/s wind, reached 7.22m, the farthest jump of the year under any conditions.
In the men's Shot Put Pavel Lyzhyn won with 20.26m and in the Javelin Throw Uladzimir Kazlou threw 82.86m to meet the Olympic A-standard. He added 80 centimetres to his previous best set at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In the women’s Hammer Throw Alena Matoshka from Novopolotsk won her first national title with a 73.76m effort. She, together with Aksana Miankova, who is going to defend her Beijing title, will perform at the Games in London.
In the men’s Hammer throw the winner was Grodno native Pavel Kryvitski with 77.81m. He was almost two metres better than Yury Shayunou from Minsk, who showed 75.96m to finish second. Third went to Dzmitry Shako from Vitebsk, who fell just shy of the 75-metre barrier with 74.96m.
Pavel Kryvitski will join Ivan Tsikhan and Vadim Devyatovskiy, who missed the championship, at the Olympics.
In the stifling hot evening Maxim Pankratov from Novopolotsk won the 10,000m in 29:30.15 to capture his first national title.
For some athletes, Grodno provided the final opportunity to meet Olympic qualification standards. This was true for guests as well who came from Israel, Iran, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine. Among them Mohammad Samimi from Iran distinguished himself, winning the Discus Throw with a season’s best 64.77m.
Elsewhere, in the 800m the two best results were produced by Ukrainians Ihor Davydov (1:47.36) and Oleksandr Borysyuk (1:48.35).
Mikhail Dubitski for the IAAF
Leading Results –
1 Aliaksander Linnik 10.68
1 Ihor Davydov (Ukraine) 1:47.36
2 Oleksandr Borysyuk (Ukraine) 1:48.35
1 Maxim Pankratov 29:30.15
1 Pavel Lyzhyn 20.26
1 Mohammad Samimi (Iran) 64.77
1 Pavel Kryvitski 77.81
2 Yury Shayunou 75.96
3 Dzmitry Shako 74.96
1 Uladzimir Kazlou 82.86
1 Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova 7.22w (+4.3)
1 Anastasiya Shvedova 4.50
1 Nadzeya Ostapchuk 21. 39
2 Natallia Mikhnevich 19.77
3 Yanina Pravalinskaya-Karolchyk 18.31
1 Alena Matoshka 73.76
2 Alina Kastrova 68.59
3 Volha Tsander 65.04