07 MAR 2004 General News

Women 200m Final

Anastasiya Kapachinskaya completed a Russian sweep of the long sprints after blasting off the final bend en route to a 22.78 win in the 200 metres.   It was the first major title for the 24-year-old, who followed up her 2003 indoor bronze with a silver outdoors in Paris.

Behind her, the battle for the remaining medals was extremely tight.  Natalya Safronnikova (23.13) of Belorus, a finalist last year, squeezed by Svetlana Goncharenko (23.18), the 1998 European Indoor champion to claim the silver and prevent a Russian 1-2 sweep.  Austrian record holder Karin Mayr-Krifka took a strong early lead, but faded in the homestretch, to finish fourth in 23.18.