Tomashova, Chicherova and Slesarenko the stars as Russian Championships conclude in Kazan


Kazan, Russia Tatyana Tomashova and high jumpers Anna Chicherova and Yelena Slesarenko produced the key highlights as the Russian championships concluded in Kazan on Sunday.
Twice World champion Tatyana Tomashova returned to track after a break to once again take the national title. Yulia Fomenko-Chizhenko controlled virtually the entire race until she was caught and passed by Tomashova over the final 50 metres en route to a solid 3:59.42 performance. Fomenko-Chizhenko held on for second in 4:00.57, with Anna Alminova third 4:02.02.

Chicherova, Slesarenko both scale 2.03m

Very interesting was the competition in the jumps. Only one attempt has solved the destiny of the first place in the womens high jump. Anna Chicherova and Elena Slesarenko were virtually in synch throuough, scaling one height after another. Things werent settled until the bar was raised to 2.03m. Chicherova sailed over on her second attempt, and Slesarenko with her third, to decide the order for the national title. The following height, 2.05m, was too much for both. Third place went to 22-year-old Svetlana Shkolina, who cleared 1.98m.

Enviable consistency was shown by the multiple Long Jump medallist Tatyana Kotova. Having begun the competition with a leap of 6.85m, she then twice jumped 6.86m, enough to win the title. Oksana Udmurtova leaped 6.73m to take second, while a 6.69m leap made Anna Nazarova third.

In the mens Triple Jump, each round resulted in shifting positions, as five athletes managed to sail beyond 17.00m. The winner was Olympic bronze medallist Danila Burkenya who reached 17.48m with which he celebrated his 30th birthday today. Alexander Petrenko who trains with Burkenya, reached 17.43m to finish second, with Igor Spasovhodsky third (17.36m).

Kapachinskaya takes 200m

Two Olympic champions, Irina Privalova and Natalia Sadova, were on the stage in Kazan, but their results were very dissimilar. Competing in the 200m Privalova could only manage 23.47, finishing seventh. Anastasia Kapachinskaya took the victory in 22.77 ahead of 19-year-old Alexandra Fedoriva (22.87) and 22-year-old Juliya Chermoshanskaya (22.95).

It is interesting, that all are daughters of known athletes: Kapachinskayas father was the strong sprinter, and her mother a High Jump champion; mp (High Jump), Fedorivas parents were both sprinters as well; and Chermoshanskayas mother, Galina Malchugina, was a World champion in the 4x100m Relay.

Sadova was the winner in the Discus Throw, reaching 65.46m in front of European champion Darya Pischalnikova (63.64m).

Bogdan Pishalnikov took the revenge for his sister and defended the family honour as he took the title in the mens Discus Throw, reaching 64.18. During the qualifying round Pishalnikov was even better, reaching 65.00m. The runner-up position went to former national junior champion Nikolay Sedjuk (59.35m) who trains with Sadova, while 38-year-old Alexander Borichevskomu (57.98) was third.

In a tactical race, Vyacheslav Shabunin won the 1500m in 3:40.96. Such tactical races play into the hands of the experienced Shabunin, who capitalised with his strong kick to take, at age 39, his 16th national title. The runner-up was Vladimir Yezhov, 12 years Shabunins junior, in 3:42.25,, just ahead of Alexey Popov (3:42.70).

Running against a strong headwind down the homestraight, Roman Smirnov took the 200m title in 20.78, beating defending champion Ivan Teplyh (21.11) and Konstantin Petrjashov (21.22) who was third.

Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF
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