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Seven world leads in Moscows mid-winter chill

06.02.2012

More than 200 athletes from 26 countries on four continents gathered for the 21st edition of the Russian Winter in the chill of Moscow on Sunday (5) where seven world leading performances were produced on the 13-event programme.

At the first edition of this IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting, back in 1992, two World indoor records were established, both in Race Walking: over 3000m for women by Alina Ivanova and over 5000m for men courtesy of Grigory Kornev. And now after two decades the organisers of the competition decided to return walking to the programme with some of the finest race walkers in the world taking part.

In the women’s race, the focus was on Russia’s Olympic champion Olga Kaniskina and Claudia Stef of Romania, whose World record in the event, 11:40.33, dates back to 1999. The line-up also included Anisya Kirdyapkina, a silver medallist at last year’s World Championships.

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