Aleksandra Fedoriva wins the 60m at the 2010 Russian Indoor Champs (Nikolay Matveev) © Copyright
General News 25 January 2011 – Moscow, Russia

Diachkov and Ozolin Memorial meeting

The Memorial of Vladimir Diachkov and Nikolai Ozolin was held today in the indoor hall of the State Moscow University of Physical Culture and Sport for the 18th time.

This traditional tournament is dedicated to the memory of two outstanding coaches who were at the same time scientists. During their careers they had set a lot of national records mostly in jumping events, and their pupils also followed their tracks winning Olympic medals mostly in the High Jumps. It was quite an epoch in the history of Athletics. It is no wonder the programme of the Memorial consists mostly of jumping events.

In Men’s Pole Vault Sergei Kucherianu cleared 5.40m leaving behind Nikolai Lavrinenko with a best of 5.20. In the women’s the 22-year-old Anastasiya Savchenko cleared the bar at 4.40. Ludmila Eremina, who is 20, was second with 4.30. Alena Lutkovskaya, only 15, took the bronze with 3.80.

Ivan Ilichev won the High Jump with 2.20m and in the Long Jump Yuriy Nikolaev landed at 7.74 for first place. In women’s Long Jump, it was Anna Nazarova whose effort at 6.22 turned out to be victorious.

The men’s Triple Jump was quite a battle between Dmitriy Kolosov and Lukman Adams. Kolosov tripled to 16.33 to beat his opponent's best of 16.21.

There were three running events. Anastasiya Vosmerikova won the non-standard 600m – 1:32.60, while Sergei Trushin was the fastest over the men’s distance – 1:20.90. Mark Tolstikhin was the best at 2000m gaining the victory at the finishing line – 5:13.50.

Wednesday (25) was also the day when athletes of Moscow were also competed in the Hall of Brothers Znamenskiy. Some promising results were registered at the beginning of the indoor maiden season. The 4x100m Olympic Relay champion Aleksandra Fedoriva set her personal best at 400m - a new distance for herself clocking 52.39.

Lubov Kharlamova set a new world’s season lead for the rarely run 2000m Steeplechase – 6:13.10. Ildar Minshin took the men’s race, 5:24.80. The European U-23 champion Ilgizar Safiulin was the runner-up in 5:27.09, improving a national U-23 record that had been set nearly 30-years-ago.

Natalya Murinovich set a new season’s best in Russia at 60m, 7.29sec, while Konstantin Shabanov clocked 7.71 in the men’s 60m Hurdles and also set the new national season’s best.

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF