Ustalova and Shubenkov post world leads at Russian Indoor Championships
Kseniya Ustalova and Sergey Shubenkov shot straight to the top of the 2013 season lists with their winning performances at the Russian Indoor Championships, held at the Vladimir Kutz Arena in Moscow.
The first day belonged to Shubenkov. The European 110m Hurdles champion cruised through each round, running 7.64 in the heat and 7.60 in the semi-final before smashing his PB in the final with 7.50. World indoor finalist Konstantin Shabanov was second in 7.67.
Shubenkov’s time equalled Kevin Craddock’s world-leading mark set just four days prior and moves him to third on the Russian all-time list.
Ustalova was the star of the second day. The 2010 European silver medallist improved her PB in the semi-finals (52.05) before completely rewriting it in the final with a world-leading 51.31. She finished almost a second ahead of European silver medallist Kseniya Zadorina (52.29), Olga Tovarnova (52.46), Tatyana Veshkurova (52.56) and Nadezhda Kotlyarova (52.67).