Russia out to keep title


Ilya Shkurenyov and Anna Blank will look to lead the way as Russia chase a second Super League success in Aubagne this weekend.

Having won the European Athletics Team Championships two weeks ago in Cheboksary, now the attention turns to their defence of the European Cup Combined Events title.

The Super League takes place in southern France with the First and Second Leagues both being staged at the same time in Inowroclaw, Poland.

It is only the third year of the event being a joint team competition, with France winning in 2013 from Russia and Estonia before Russia triumphed 12 months ago from the Netherlands and France.

In Shkurenyov, the Russians have the leading individual as he is sixth on the European Athletics decathlon rankings with 8343 after finishing fifth in Götzis in May.

He is joined in the men’s team of four by Roman Kondryatyev, Yevgeniy Sarantsev and Sergei Timshin.

Shkurenyov was third at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich last summer in a personal best of 8498 but Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kasyanov is not far behind that with 8479 and he will lead their squad.


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