Znamensky Memorial welcomes


The 53nd edition of the Znamensky Memorial will be held in Zhukovsky. This year, the meeting is an IAAF World Challenge meeting and a part of the IAAF World Hammer Throw.

Hammer throw
In the women’s hammer throw, the crowd can see an attractive duel between the Znamensky record holder (77.41), IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge leader Tatyana Lysenko of Russia and Germany’s Betty Heidler who set a new World record of 79.42 on 21 May.
The lineup in the men’s hammer throw consists of World leader Aleksey Zagorny (81.37), Sergey Litvinov, Hungary’s Krisztian Pars, USA’s Kiwbe Johnson, Olympic champion, World silver medalist Szimon Ziolkowski of Poland and others.

Men’s High Jump
This event traditionally promises to be very attractive. Olympic champion Andrey Silnov and European champion Alksandr Shustov can be the main rivals to win. Silnov beat Shustov by attempts one year ago at 2.33m, so they both own the meeting record. Britain’s Martyn Bernard starts his season in Zhukovskiy and can fight for the win.

Men’s 100m
Kim Collins is going to break the meeting record of 10.03sec. His season best is 10.05. Jamaica’ Michael Frater, World relay record holder, clocked a sub-10 this season, when he set a PB of 9.94 in Eugene. Their main rivals will be European Indoor champion Francis Obikwelu and Ramil Giliyev of Turkey.

Women’s 200m
Season leaders in Europe Olesya Povkh and Mariya Remen of Ukraine will compete in the event. USA’s Stephanie Durst of USA, European Indoor champion Kseniya Zadorina and Russian Cup winner Yelizaveta Savlinis are in the lineup.

Women’s 400m
Ukraine’s Antonina Yefremova is going to win the event. She won at the European team Championships in Stockholm and is the European leader with her 50.69. Her main rival in Zhukovskiy is Russia’s Antonina Krivoshapka, World Championships medalist and European Championships in relay.

Women’s 100mH
Last year, Nevin Yanit of Turkey unexpectedly won the event. This year, she returns as European champion and the favorite to win. USA’s Kristi Castlin (12.83 SB), Queen Harrison (12.61 PB), Russia’s Aleksandra Antonova and Anastasiya Solovyova are in the lineup as well.

Men’s 3000mSt
Roba Gary of Ethiopia won the Znamensky last year to set a meeting record of 8:10.59. This season, he clocked faster - 8:10.41. Roba will face to Kenya’s Elijah Kipterege (8:17.19) and Russia’s Ildar Minshin who has promised to set a PB in Zhukovskiy after his third place at the European Championships in Stockholm.

Women’s 1500m
The women’s 1500m will be one of the most representative events in Zhukovskiy. The lineup consists of European Indoor Champion Yelena Arzhakova, European silver medalist Yekaterina Martynova, Ethiopia’s Tizita Bogale, Russia’s Yuliya Rusanova, Olesya Syryeva and Yuliya Zaripova.

Men’s 800m
Yuriy Borzakovskiy never misses the meeting in his native city, so he will compete in Zhukovsky again. Yuriy recently achieved 1.46.57 (Belgium) and 1:45.92 (France) and meet at the Znamensky meeting World Indoor silver medalist Boaz Lalang and World Championships finalist Jackson Kiwuwa (both of Kenya). Russia’s Ivan Tukhtachev is going to clock a fast time.

Men’s Javelin Throw
Experienced Sergey Makarov (SB: 85.33) will face to World Junior bronze medalist Dmitiry Tarabin who set a PB of 85.10m at the Russian U23 Championships this season, Turkey’s Fatih Avan who achieved 84.69 in Riga and the Ukrainian Team Championships winner Dmitriy Kosinskiy.

Women’s Shot Put
There will be a duel between World leader Nadezhda Ostapchuk (20.59, Belarus) and Jillian Camarena-Williams (USA) who was second at the USA championships with a PB of 19.85. Russia’s Anna Omarova and Yevgeniya Kolodko will keep them company.

Women’s Long Jump
Moscow Challenge and Russian Cup winner Lyudmila Kolchanova (SB 7.06w) will compete against Belarus’ Veronika Shutkova (6.95) and USA’s Brianna Glenn who jumped over 7 m with wind assistance this season.

Men’s Triple Jump
Cuba’s Alexis Kopello, David Girat and Yoandris Betanzos are the main rivals to win. Kopello achieved 17.55 in 2010 and won a meeting in Istanbul with 17.29 this season.

Women’s 10000m
This is a special event of the meeting because it is the Russian 10000m Championships one as well. The main rivals are European marathon champion Nailya Yulamanova, European U23 10000m champion Natalya Popkova and Russian champion and Znamensky winner Yelena Sokolova. They will face to Ethiopia’s Beleynesh Oljira and Wude Ayalew (both are in World’s top 10).

Men’s 10000m (national)
The men’s 10000m, Znamensky brothers’ specialty event, closes the meeting. The World Championships standard “A” is 27:40.00 which is better than Russian record by Sergey Ivanov by 13 seconds. The meeting’s record of 27:58.35 is just 2 second better than the standard “B”. Russian athletes are hoped to achieve high results in this event.

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