Savinova’s 800m victory the highlight in Moscow - IAAF World Challenge
Mariya Savinova’s impressive 800m victory was the key highlight at the Moscow Challenge on Monday (11), a stop on the IAAF World Challenge Meeting series as well as a test event for 2013 IAAF World Championships.
Luzhniki Olympic Stadium greeted the participants and spectators with pleasant weather conditions - already a good sign for even in June the weather in the Russian capital is sometimes unpredictable. So the equipment was well tested, the judges were at their best and from the point of view of organisers of the Moscow World Championships of 2013 everything went on smoothly.
The Women’s 800m was the moment of truth for the runners and for the public. Savinova, the reigning World champion, won it with such ease that there are no doubts left that she is ready for the Olympic season. Savinova clocked 1:57.95 (splits 27.0 – 57.89 – 1:28.55) ahead of Elena Arzhakova (1:58.28) and Irina Maracheva (1:58.71).
After the race Savinova told reporters that she was satisfied with the result and controlled the race to ensure victory. She also indicated that this may be her last international competition prior to the Olympics, as she’ll leave it up to her coach, Vladimir Kazarin, to decide if she’ll run at the national championship in Cheboksary. She added that she knows that in Russia the rivalry in the 800m is very intense, but she is always doing her utmost and believes she is able to improve her personal best 1:55.87 (2011).