Sidorova flies high and three doubles at the Russian Indoor Championships
The Russian Indoor Championships, held in Moscow at the CSKA hall, saw three athletes perform a double, but the star performer over the three-day event, which ended on Thursday (19), was pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova.
The European champion cleared 4.75m on the first day of the championships, her best vault under any conditions, and the 23-year-old now looks set to do battle for the gold medal with Greece’s Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou at the European Indoor Championships in Prague in two weeks’ time, the latter taking over from Sidorova at the top of the 2015 European list when she went over 4.76m in Stockholm on Thursday night.
Angelina Zhuk-Krasnova and Anastasiya Savchenko tied for second place with 4.60m world junior champion Alena Lutkovskaya equalling her own national junior record when she placed fifth with 4.50m.
Yelena Korobkina won the long-distance double by winning both the 3000m and 5000m, in 8:50.39 and a personal best of 15:47.09.
Two gold medals also went to the world 4x400m relay champion Kseniya Ryzhova, who won the 60m in 7.30 and the 200m in 23.45. She was faster in the heats in both events, clocking PBs of 7.26 and 23.36.
Yekaterina Koneva has probably been one of the busiest athlete in the world in the past week as she competed four times in just three days.
First, Koneva successfully qualified for the finals in the triple and long jump, and then won both events, and both times with her final attempts.
The toughest victory was probably the long jump, as Koneva was struggling until she managed to pull it all together with her final effort of 6.79m, just three centimetres shy of her recent personal best.
Surprisingly, in her favourite event, the world indoor triple jump champion was also second until the final round, behind Natalia Alekseyeva who had jumped a personal best of 14.08m earlier in the competition. But Koneva dug deep to produce a winning jump of 14.44m.
“It was a complete surprise to me what happened at the national championships, but it was very hard,” said Koneva. “I competed in the long jump just to improve some technical things and the speed for my triple but I will definitely only do the triple jump in Prague.”