Scoring a sterling upset, Olesya Krasnomovets finally moved out from compatriot Natalya Nazarova’s shadow with her convincing 50.04 win, breaking the 50.19 Championship record set by Nazorova in Budapest two years ago.
As expected, the Russian pair forged to the lead as they made the break at the midway point, with Nazarova, the two-time defending champion, a step ahead on the inside. Krasnomovets, who was second to her domestic rival in Budapest two years ago, ran slightly to outside, just ahead of Bahamian Christine Amertil and Bulgarian Vania Stamboleva. The Russians still led approaching the final turn, effectively blocking any passing attempt until the final straight.
With Nazarova beginning to slow on the inside, Krasnomovets was the first to move up, followed by Amertil and the Bulgarian. With Krasnomovets fully in command forty metres from the finish, Nazarova soon faded out of the medal picture, while Stamboleva moved ahead of the Bahamian to snatch the silver. The 22-year-old Bulgarian completed her stellar breakout campaign with yet another national record as she lowered her own mark to 50.21. Amertil, the World silver medallist indoors in 2003, held on for third after smashing her personal best clocking a 50.34 Area Record.
Jamaican Novelene Williams was fifth in 51.82 with Mariyana Dimitrova of Bulgaria a distant sixth (52.66).