Zaripova shows off her speed with 1500m win at Russian Championships


The final day of Russian Championships in Moscow saw an outstanding women’s 1500m won by London 2012 Olympic Games 3000m Steeplechase winner Yulia Zaripova, who won her first national title at the distance in an impressive 4:02.56 on Thursday (25).

"As I was already selected for the Steeplechase as the reigning World champion, running that event was not necessary, and therefore I decided to compete in the 1500m like year. Unlike last year (when she did not start the 1500m final) I decided to run in the final as well as it’s a championship of Russia.

“In the final I wanted to work on my speed, and try out some new tactics. I generally like to run at the front straight from the gun but at the beginning of the race I felt too heavy to do this. I only arrived yesterday (in Moscow) from my training camp in Kislovodsk," said Zarpova.

“I’m very happy with my time but I’m not looking for a place in the team at this distance. This winter, after the Olympics, I rested longer, and so my first Steeplechase was just weeks ago at the World University Games (which she won).

“The barriers require careful technical work, and that takes time. The performances of my rivals, of course, I also watch. I watch all these videos two-or-three times, scrolling through them slowly,” she added.

Behind Zaripova, Svetlana Podsyonova was second with 4:04.01, Yelena Korobkina third in 4:05.43 and, Anna Shchagina fourth with 4:05.91.


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