16 MAR 2003 General News

Women Long Jump Final

Despite coming into the meet ranked only No. 5 on the yearly list, Tatyana Kotova had little trouble in becoming the most successful women's long jumper in the history of the World Indoor Championships. The 26-year-old Russian first won gold in '99, then added a silver in '01.

Her first-round 6.84 here - a yearly world leader - left her never threatened, and even her next-best attempt, 6.81, would have sufficed to win by a solid 9cm.

The winner of the most-consistent series award was silver medalist Inessa Kravets (Ukraine), who after a first-round 6.50 hit 6.66, 6.68, 6.67 and 6.67. Maurren Maggi of Brazil wasn't nearly as consistent, but she was still holding down the silver-medal spot after five rounds, having spanned a South American Record 6.70 in the third stanza.

In the final round Kravets finally broke out of her high-6.60s rut with a 6.72 that edged Maggi for silver. Kravets thus returned to the WIC long jump podium for the first time since Toronto '93. Maggi's bronze marked not only her first WIC medal, but also the first medal of any kind for Brazil.