14 JUN 2012 General News Moscow, Russia

Rain dampens the action at the Kuts Memorial

Stockholm 400m winner Tatyana Firova (DECA Text&Bild)Stockholm 400m winner Tatyana Firova (DECA Text&Bild) © Copyright
Despite the rains that hampered Wednesday's Vladimir Kuts Memorial, there were still several standout performances at the Brothers Znamenskiy Stadium.

Svetlana Podosenova prevailed in a deep women's 1500m contest clocking 3:59.61 ahead of Yekaterina Gorbunova (3:59.89) who also reached the line under the four-minute barrier.

Yelena Soboleva, who led virtually the entire race (400m – 1:02.8; 400m – 2:06.3; 1000m – 2:39; 1200m – 3:11.5), was third in 4:00.39. Results behind the leading three were also rather impressive: Kristina Khaleeva – 4:00.53, Yelena Arzhakova – 4:00.82 and Tatyana Tomasheva – 4:01.95.

The men's 1500m featured a similar scenario with only 0.46 seconds separating the first finisher from the fourth. It was Pavel Khvorostukhin who won it with the best result of the Russian season – 3:39.22 with Dmitriy Nezelskiy left behind in second with 3:39.40. Ruslan Maleev was third (3:39.50)ahead of Oleg Sidorov (3:39.68).

The rain stopped for the women's 800m and the participants took advantage of the break in the weather to produce another quality race. Yekaterina Poistogova clocked 1:57.93 (400m – 57.9) to collect the victory ahead of four others who also dipped under two minutes: Yelena Kofanova (1:58.83), Yelena Tutaeva (1:59.40), Tatyana Markelova (1:59.43), and Yekaterina Kupina (1:59.85).

Stepan Poistogov was the men's winner in 1:46.02 ahead of Ivan Nesterov (1:46.88) and Ivan Tukhtachev (1:47.33).

Elsewhere…

Tatyana Firova made her outdoor season debut in the 400m with a 50.71 victory. Long jumper Pavel Karavaev set the new best of the Russian season in the Men’s 100m with 10.44 and Olympic 4x100m Relay champion Yuliya Chermoshanskaya clocked 23.2 to take thee 200m.

Olga Golovkina clocked 15:11.20 in the women's 5000m which is rather fast for Russia and even for the Old Continent. The women's 100m Hurdles race was dominated by Olga Samylova in 13.19 while Yelena Churakova prevailed in the 400m Hurdles clocking 55.64m.

In the Men’s Long Jump Kirill Sukharev landed at 7.72m and Svetlana Deniaeva at 6.64m in the women's. Angelina Zhuk cleared 4.40m to win the women's Pole Vault.

The throwing events were severely affected by the heavy rains. A summary of the events:

MEN -
Shot Put: Nikita Zhidkov – 19.71m
Hammer Throw: 1. Sergey Litvinov – 80.98m; 2. Kirill Ikonnikov – 79.46m.
Javelin Throw – Valeriy Iordan – 77.04m.

WOMEN -
Shot Put: Olesya Sviridova – 18.81m.
Hammer Throw: 1. Anna Bulgakova – 73.55m; 2. Gulfiya Khanafeeva – 73.51m; 3. Yelena Konevtzeva – 71.70m

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF