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Long Jump surprises in Moscow Christmas Cup

Moscow, Russia  - The 21st edition of the Moscow Christmas Cup was held in the Russian capital’s old Sports Palace, with the highlight being two Long Jump competitions on Friday (12).

The 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships gold medallist Darya Klishina leapt out to 6.66m, her best result since last July, but had to settle for second best behind fellow 21-year-old Svetlana Denyayeva, eighth at last year’s European Athletics Championships, who achieved a personal best 6.75m.

In similar fashion, there was an slight upset in the men’s Long Jump with the The 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships silver medallist Pavel Karavayev winning with 7.95m while Pavel Shalin was a close second with 7.91m.

Aleksander Shpaer was the first in the men’s 60m, clocking 6.73 while Yekaterina Filatova was the fastest women with 7.32.

Svetlana Topylina was the fastest in the women’s 60m Hurdles, crossing the line in 8.15.The 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships Triple Jump gold medallist Aleksey Fyodorov bounded out to 16.60m. Other field event exponents in the spot light were Shot putters Aleksander Bulanov and Irina Tarasova, who won with 19.20m and 17.51m respectively.

There were a variety of races over non-standard distances, as has become traditional at early season Russian indoor meetings.

The 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships 40m silver medallist Yuliya Terekhova  won over 300m in 38.10 while  Yegor Babenko took the men’s 300m in 34.48; the 500m events were won by Kseniya Prytkova  in 1:10.26 and Denis Skorobogatov in 1:03.81.

Anna Schagina took the honours over 1000m with 2:38.38 while Kirill Simakov improved to 2:23.96 as the best in the men’s race.

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF