Penza, RussiaThree national records were set at the Under-20 Russian Indoor Championships held in the city of Penza from 31 January to 2 February.
18-year-old Leonid Kivalov cleared 5.67m for a new Under-20 Pole Vault national indoor record which is also the World’s best ever indoor mark by a junior athlete. He improved the global standard by 1 centimetre bettering the previous mark set four years ago by his compatriot Artem Kuptzov.
Winner of the World Junior bronze medal at last year’s IAAF World Junior Championships, Kivalov had a clean sheet (5.20; 5.35; 5.50) up until the bar was raised at 5.67, a height which he cleared at his second attempt.
Kivalov is coached in his native Stavropol by the duo of father and son Isakin who were well-known pole vaulters themselves.
Sergei Pogorelov and 16-year-old Dmitriy Zhelyabin who are also coached by the Isakins also took part in the championships. Pogorelov finished second with 5.35m while Zhelyabin cleared 4.80m.
The second national record fell to Aleksandra Fedoriv who won the women’s 60m Hurdles in 8.22. She improved the national standard by 2 hundredth of a second and concluded her successful weekend with a 23.74 win the 200m.
In the men’s 60m Hurdles final, 2006 World Junior Championships finalist Vladimir Zhukov stopped the watch at 7.73 for the third national junior indoor record of the competition.
Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF
60m Ekaterina Koneva – 6.39
400m Kseniya Uatalova – 54.29
800m Aleksandra Uvarova – 2:06.85
1500m Yekaterina Gorbunova - 4:30.84
HJ – Julya Babaeva – 1.79
PV – Alisa Vodopyan – 3.90
LH – Julya Pidluzhnaya – 6.20
TJ – Anastasyia Matveeva – 13.75
SH – Anna Gavrilova – 14.88
60m – Mikhail Idrisov – 6.84
200m – Konstantin Shabanov – 21.85
400m – Ruslan Bayazitov – 48.60
800m – Pavel Terekhov – 1:51.04
1500m – Ivan Mandrykin – 3:55.73
3000m – Egor Nickolaev – 8:37.13
HJ – Evgeniy Shishakov and Roman Evgeniev – 2.15
LJ - Dmitriy Grishin - 7.55
TJ – Luckman Adams – 16.45
SP – Aleksandr Bolshakov – 18.16