Yuliya Pechonkina set a new World record in the women's 400m hurdles at the national athletics championships here today.
Having clocked a world season’s lead of 53.52 on Thursday for first place in her qualifying round heat in Tula, 25 year-old Pechonkina who won the World Cup last year and is the reigning World championships silver medallist run an astonishing 52.34 in today’s final. That time improved on USA’s Kim Batten’s World record of 52.61 which she set in 1995 when winning the World title in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Prior to her two runs in Tula, Pechonkina had only run twice over the barriers this summer both in Moscow – 55.34 on 15 July and 54.27 on 27 July. Her previous personal best was 53.10 set in Tula on 9 June 2002.
Prior to the Russian's runs, the best time in 2003 had been Jana Pittman’s 53.62 clocking in Rome on 11 July.
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