Ryzhova improves 400m world lead, Ukhov dominates high jump at Russian Indoors


Thirteen sets of medals were awarded on the second day of the Russian Indoor Championships, held at the CSKA Indoor Arena in Moscow on February 17-19.

Kseniya Ryzhova further improved on her 400m world lead and personal best of 51.06 she set yesterday in the preliminary round of the women’s 400m. In the final, the world 4x400m champion clocked 51.03 to move to equal 10th on the Russian indoor all-time list.

European 400m hurdles champion Irina Davydova placed second in 52.51 and World University Games silver medallist Alena Tamkova was third in 52.86.

“I wanted to dip under 51 seconds today, but the first lap was too fast,” said Ryzhova, who went through 200m in 23.60. “I gave it my all until the last meters of the race, because I still remember how I lost by a narrow margin at the Russian Winter. In the World Indoor Championships final, it will be mostly about tactics, not about the time, I think.”

European under-23 champion Lev Mosin, who was the fastest in the 400m preliminary round on Monday, confirmed his status as the national leader, winning the men’s final in a personal best of 46.32.

Aleksandr Khyutte, who switched from short sprints to the 400m just this year, finished second in 46.56, his first sub-47-second clocking. National 400m hurdles champion Denis Kudryavtsev finished third in 47.15.


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