Klishina and Fajdek the stars of the second day at the World University Games


Severe thunder storms forced the organisers of the World University Games to suspend the second day’s programme in Kazan, Russia, for more than 30 minutes but that didn’t distract Russian long jump star Darya Klishina on Monday (8).

As in the qualification rounds on Sunday, Klishina and her Russian compatriot Yelena Sokolova dominated the final and although the worse of the deluge had abated, there was still steady rain.

The 22-year-old Klishina, the two-time European indoor champion, started with a leap of 6.72m and, despite sodden sand and a watery runway, produced her longest distance of 6.90m in the fourth round while Sokolova took the silver medal, just like at the London 2012 Olympic Games, with a leap of 6.73m in the third round.

Another one-two for the host country came in women’s Discus. Vera Ganeeva won with a distance of 61.26m and was more than four metres ahead of her nearest rival and compatriot Yelena Panova, who was second with 56.86m.


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