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Linnik cruises to Belarusian 200m national record in Mogilev

Mogilev, BelarusThree national records highlighted the Belarusian open indoor championships at the Olympian Sports Centre in Mogilev over the weekend (11-12).

Alexander Linnik twice improved the indoor 200m record and at the end of the second day the Vitebsk region quartet was broke the mark in the 4?400m Relay.

Linnik, the silver medallist at the 2010 World Youth Championships, clocked 21.21 in the preliminary round to knock 0.04 seconds from the prvious record set by Dzmitry Kotenkov at the 2002 national open championships in Minsk. An hour-and-a-half later, Viktor Myasnikov’s pupil improved again, stopping the clock in 21.18.

In the men’s 4x400m Relay, a quartet from Vitebsk region - Mikita Yakauleu, Andrey Syritsa, Andrey Katershal and Dzmitry Paluyan – clocked 3:12.69. The team representing the Mogilev region - Sergey Serkov, Anis Ananenka, Sergey Traulko and Vadzim Kebets - finished second in 3:14.48, also under the previous national record.

Two more pupils of Myasnikov pupils took national titles. Once again it was Maksim Lynsha who won the 60m Hurdles in 7.67 while Alina Talai won the women’s title in 8.07.

Linnik and Talai received the best athlete of the meet awards from the Sportivnaya Panorama newspaper.

Young Marina Arzamasova, the daughter of the late European champion Ravilya Agletdinova-Kotovich, beat the more experienced Natallia Kareiva to take the women’s 800m title in 2:04.40. One day earlier Kareiva took the 1500m crown in 4:13.64.

The Long Jump sector featured another meeting between rivals Veronika Shutkova and Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova. Shutkova took the win with a 6.65m best, with Mironchyk-Ivanova  reaching 6.53 for second. On Saturday Mironchyk -Ivanova took revenge, winning the Triple Jump with a 14.00m leap. The men’s title went to Dzmitry Dziatsuk, whose 16.94m leap was just two centimetres shy of his personal best. 16.94.

2004 Olympic 100m champion Yulia Nestsiarenka won the 60m in 7.35 after running 7.30, the fastest time of the weekend, in the prelimins.

Mikhail Dubitski for the IAAF

Leading results -

200m: Alexander Linnik 21.18
60m Hurdles: Maksim Lynsha 7.67
Triple Jump: Dzmitry Dziatsuk 16.94
4x400 Metres Relay: Vitebsk area (Mikita Yakauleu, Andrey Syritsa, Andrey Katershal, Dzmitry Paluyan) 3:12.69

60m: Yulia Nestsiarenka 7.35
400m: Hanna Tashpulatava 53.76
800m: Marina Arzamasova 2:04.40
1500m: Natallia Kareiva 4:13.64
60m Hurdles: Alina Talai 8.07
Long Jump: Veronika Shutkova 6.65
Triple Jump: Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova 14.00
Shot Put: Alena Kopets 18.11

1. Brest area 274
2. Vitebsk area 214
3. Minsk 181