Three Russian wins in Zagreb


Russian athletes took three wins at the Zagreb 2006, this years final IAAF Grand Prix meeting. Tatyana Lysenko won the womens hammer throw setting a new meeting record of 76.54 m.
The meeting opened under warm and clear blue skies with a fierce battle in the womens Hammer Throw between World record holder Tatyana Lysenko of Russia and German star Betty Heidler. In a competition of the highest level, both threw beyond 76 metres, with Lysenko, the European champion ultimately gaining the upper hand with a 76.54 best.

The Russian opened with a 73.18 effort, one Heidler surpassed with a 74.29 in the second round to take the lead. In a seesaw contest, Lysenko reclaimed the lead with a third round 74.54, before Heidler stole the show two rounds later with a massive 76.11 meeting record, not far from her 76.55 national record. It was a lead - and venue record - that proved short-lived. Throwing immediately after the German, Lysenko responded with her 76.54 heave to wrestle back the lead. Heidler still had enough wind in her sails to close with a notable 75.72 in the final round, but not enough to catch the Russian giant.

About 40 metres from the finish of the womens 800, it appeared that Slovenias Brigita Langerholc was well on her way to victory. Resisting Russian Svetlana Cherkasovas home straight charge, Langerholc held her ground on the inside, but in the meantime, Svetlana Klyuka burst by on the outside to steal the win in 2:00.77. The Slovenian crossed the line second ahead of Cherkasova, 2:01.01 to 2:01.32

Russias European champion Darya Pishchalnikova took control of the Discus Throw competition with her 63.66 throw in the third round, but Romanian Nicoleta Grasu made it tantalizingly close with her final round 63.64, just two centimeters shy of stealing the win.
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