Russian Winter 2006

World champion and European record-holder arrive in Moscow

World 60m champion Jason Gardener (GBR) and European record-holder Ronald Pognon (FRA) are arriving in Moscow today to meet face to face in the most transient and interesting act of the Russian Winter Athletic Performance on 25 January.

Ronald Pognon, ranked number 5 in the 100m and World 4x100m champion, considers the meeting as a return match for his last year’s defeat at the European Championships in Madrid. The French sprinter has been unbeatable in the last year’s indoor season. He set a new European record of 6.45 in the 60m, taking it from Jason Gardener, but let him to win in Madrid and become a European champion for the third time (a unique record!).

He will be one of the main pretenders to win in Moscow, at the Russian Winter and at the World Indoors in March. He will aim at a new record every time. Pognon was performing very well in last year’s indoor season and clocked a sub-10 sec result for the first time in his career — 9.99sec.

Jason Gardener (a personal best of 6.46sec) is one of the strongest sprinters around the World being an Olympic, World and European champion. He has been unbeatable in the 60m at the last World championships in Budapest and at three European championships. He holds an original World record, he clocked the 60 meters at official meetings better than 6.60sec.

We shall see an interesting rivalry of the World’s super sprinters but don’t forget that Russia’s Andrey Yepishin has achieved much success in his results in the last winter placing fourth at the European championships 60m final. Besides he beat Gardener in a 60 meters semi-final!

Olga Kotlyarova to run 400 meters
Olga Kotlyarova has been added to the women’s 400 meters start list of the Russian Winter, an IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting. Yesterday, she clocked a World season best of 1:58.94 minutes in the 800 meters at the Russian Winter National Meeting.

Gushchina sprints 22.82 and Kotlyarova runs 1:58.94 at “Russian Winter” – Day One

Moscow, Russia - Only Russian athletes participated in the first day of the “Russian Winter” indoor tournament, and some results led by Yuliya Gushchina’s 22.82 second run in the women’s 200m, and a women’s 800m with two athletes under two minutes, were very good indeed.

Despite the fact that the weather was freezing ( :rolleyes: ) and the main international section of the meeting takes place today (25), two thousand spectators were still at the Vladimir Kutz Sport Complex yesterday and were not disappointed by the show.

MEN – Frolov blasts 400m in 46.52 seconds

In the first event, the men’s 400m, the first heat winner Vladislav Frolov from Tambov surprisingly clocked 46.52 seconds which at this early stage of the indoor season is the world’s quickest time yet. The winner of the second heat Konstantin Svechkar (Novosibirsk) set his personal best – 46.72. The experienced Andrei Rudnitzkiy from Tumen was third – 47.11.

21-year-old Ivan Teplykh from Ekaterinburg won the 200m in 21.27. Roman Smirnov from Moscow finished second in 21.31, and Maksim Babarikin was third – 21.59.

WOMEN – 22.82 for 200m but some great 800m running too

The 22-year-old Yuliya Gushchina from Rostov clocked the best time in the world this season at 200m with a splendid 22.82 second run that is also her personal best. She also ran her qualifying round heat in 23.01. The well-known Yekaterina Kondratyeva (Nizhniy Novgorod) finished second in 23.54, and Yelena Novikova from Tula was third in 23.67.

Many times a World relay medallist at 4x400m, Olga Kotlyarova ran a superb 1:58.94 making her the 17th quickest athlete in history for the women’s indoor 800m. In a remarkable race for so early in the indoor season Natalya Tsyganova was second in 1:59.18, and Irina Vashentseva was third in 2:00.67.

Later today the main international competitions of this IAAF indoor permit meeting will take place.

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF

Women 400 m
WR = 49.59 KRATOHVILOVA Jarmila CZE 07.03.82 Milan
ER = 49.59 KRATOHVILOVA Jarmila CZE 07.03.82 Milan
RUS = 49.68 NAZAROVA Natalja RUS 18.02.04 Moscow
CR = 50.42 KOTLYAROVA Olga RUS 2001 Moscow
Rank Ath. Birth Nation Result
Lane No N A M E Day

Heat : 1
1 6 238 KOTLYAROVA Olga 76 RUS 51.222 4 195 VESHKUROVA Tatyana 81 RUS 51.42
3 2 193 KOCHETOVA Anastasiya 83 RUS 53.00
5 197 GUSHCHINA Yuliya 83 RUS DNF

Heat : 2
1 4 201 ZAYTSEVA Olga 84 RUS 50.15 CR
2 6 203 KRASNOMOVETS Olesya 79 RUS 50.40
3 5 202 ANTYUKH Natalya 81 RUS 50.50
4 3 200 LEVINA Tatyana 77 RUS 51.95
5 2 199 FIROVA Tatyana 82 RUS 52.11

Women 60 m
WR = 6.92 PRIVALOVA Irina RUS 11.02.93 Madrid
ER = 6.92 PRIVALOVA Irina RUS 11.02.93 Madrid
RUS = 6.92 PRIVALOVA Irina RUS 11.02.93 Madrid
CR = 6.95 PRIVALOVA Irina RUS 1995 Moscow
Rank Ath. Birth Nation Result
Lane No N A M E Day

Heat : 1
1 4 174 TABAKOVA Yuliya 80 RUS 7.15
2 6 176 KHALANDYREVA Olga 81 RUS 7.27
3 5 175 KRUGLOVA Larisa 72 RUS 7.28
4 1 171 GONCHAROVA Olga 77 RUS 7.41
5 3 173 KHUBBIEVA Guzel 76 UZB 7.43
6 2 172 GRIGORYEVA Yekaterina 74 RUS 7.47
Heat : 2
1 5 181 KISLOVA Marina 78 RUS 7.30
2 3 179 KHABAROVA Irina 66 RUS 7.37
3 4 180 BOLIKOVA Mariya 77 RUS 7.38
4 6 182 KONDRATYEVA Yekaterina 82 RUS 7.40
5 1 177 BOLSUN Elena 82 RUS 7.53
6 2 178 KOZHEMYAKINA Iryna 80 UKR 7.72

Rank Ath. Birth Nation Result
Lane No N A M E Day
1 4 174 TABAKOVA Yuliya 80 RUS 7.08
2 3 176 KHALANDYREVA Olga 81 RUS 7.25
3 5 175 KRUGLOVA Larisa 72 RUS 7.26
4 2 181 KISLOVA Marina 78 RUS 7.29
5 1 180 BOLIKOVA Mariya 77 RUS 7.34
6 6 179 KHABAROVA Irina 66 RUS 7.42

Men 60 m
WR = 6.39 GREEN Moris USA 03.02.98 Madrid
ER = 6.45 POGNON Ronald FRA 13.02.05
RUS = 6.52 GRIGORJEV Andrey RUS 24.02.95 Volgograd
CR = 6.53 SAVIN Vitalij KAZ 1992 Moscow
Rank Ath. Birth Nation Result
Lane No N A M E Day

Heat : 1
1 4 102 GARDENER Jaeson 75 GBR 6.63
2 5 104 VOLKOV Aleksandr 76 RUS 6.69
3 3 103 MORNE Nagel 78 RSA 6.69
4 2 101 YEGORYCHEV Mikhail 77 RUS 6.70
Heat : 2
1 5 110 YEPISHIN Andrey 81 RUS 6.63
2 3 108 VASYUKOV Kostyantyn 81 UKR 6.72
3 4 109 POGNON Ronald 82 FRA 6.73
4 6 111 GOSTEV Igor 85 RUS 6.77
5 2 107 SMIRNOV Aleksandr 74 RUS 6.78
6 1 106 KIRYAKIN Ruslan 82 RUS 6.89

Rank Ath. Birth Nation Result
Lane No N A M E Day
1 3 102 GARDENER Jaeson 75 GBR 6.60
2 2 103 MORNE Nagel 78 RSA 6.61
3 4 110 YEPISHIN Andrey 81 RUS 6.65

4 1 108 VASYUKOV Kostyantyn 81 UKR 6.68
5 5 104 VOLKOV Aleksandr 76 RUS 6.68
6 6 101 YEGORYCHEV Mikhail 77 RUS 6.77

Russian Winter’s third record was set by Olga Zaytseva. She won the 400 meters with 50.15 seconds.

World season bests were set in the men’s 60mH by Igor Peremota (7.56sec), in the men’s triple jump by Nelson Evora (POR, 17.19m), in the women’s 60m by Yuliya Tabakova (7.08) and in the women’s high jump by Blanka Vlasic (CRO, 2.00m).

Borzakovskiy takes relaxed win, Vlasic leaps 2m, and a European 1000m record highlight the “Russian Winter” – Day Two

Moscow, Russia – An assured 800m victory for Yuriy Borzakovskiy, a return to form for Blanka Vlasic, and a new European women’s 1000m indoor record by Yuliya Chizhenko last night, were the highlights of the second day of competition at the “Russian Winter” in the Russian capital’s Vladimir Kuts indoor centre.

WOMEN - Vlasic back in the groove

The 26-year-old Russian, Yuliya Chizhenko, who won the European Cup 1500m last year but didn’t progress past her qualifying first round heat at the World Championships in Helsinki, clocked 2:32.17 for the 1000m last night. This was the fourth fastest indoor time in history behind three performances by Mozambique’s Maria Mutola (2:30.94 World indoor record in 1999). Chizhenko’s time was enough to better the previous European record time of Britain’s Kelly Holmes who ran 2:32.96 in 2004. Two other Russian runners in the race Yelena Soboleva (2:32.40) and Yelena Kanales (2:32.91) also got inside the double Olympic champion’s former mark too.

As expected, the Women’s 400m was one of the main attractions of the “Russian Winter” :slight_smile: , with Olga Zaytseva, the European U23 champion from St. Petersburg made the headlines.

However, in the first heat (of two) it was Olga Kotlyarova’s shape which continued to impress. Only yesterday in the first day of the national section of the meeting she had speeded to a world lead at 800m (1:58.94), and last night she won her 400m heat in 51.22. The 29-year-old is a many-time championship medallist at 4x400m and was the World Indoor silver individual medallist at the distance in 2001 but in recent years she has favoured the longer distances. Famously last year at this same meeting Kotlyarova set a World Indoor best at the rarely run distance of 600m (1:23.44).

Yet within minutes of Kotlyarova’s run she was dramatically upstaged, as in the second heat 21-year-old Zaytseva clocked 50.15, the world’s season best :eek: , a fantastic time for the very beginning of the year. In the northern Russian city, Zaytseva is being coached by Guseva who was the coach of the well-known runner Natalya Bochina.

Behind Zaytseva in the second heat, Olesya Krasnomovetz clocked 50.40 and Natalya Antukh was third with 50.50. So despite an impressive two days of competition Kotlyarova ended up only 4th overall at 400m. :rolleyes:

In the women’s 60m final, Yuliya Tabakova, 25, clocked 7.08 seconds, just shy of her personal best of 7.06 (2004), and her technique was superb. Olga Khaladyreva was second in 7.25 and Larisa Kruglova came third, 7.26.

The women’s 60m Hurdles was dominated by Tatyana Pavliy with a 8.09 run, and she was followed home by Aleksandra Antonova (8.12), with Victorya Gappova (8.27) next. USA’s Anjanette Kirkland, the 2001 World indoor (60mH) and outdoor champion (100mH) who will turn 32 years of age on 24 February, could only manage 5th - 8.34.

Tatyana Lebedeva, the Olympic champion, in the end did not compete at the Long Jump, and in her absence the event win went to Ludmila Kolchanova with a leap of 6.52m.

Olympic champion Yelena Slesarenko did turnout for the High Jump but she was outshone by Blanca Vlasic from Croatia who produced a world season leading clearance of 2.00 metres, which was a national record. The 22-year-old’s series shows first time successes at 1.85 and 1.92, with two attempts over the bar needed at 1.95, and the winning height being taken on her third approach at 2 metres. Finally she had three failed attempts at 2.04m.

”I was very much afraid of taking part in these competitions because of the frost outside,” said Vlasic. “But the stadium was excellent and warm. And besides I’m really thankful to the public that supported me greatly. Last year was not successful for me so I didn’t expect that I would clear 2m today.”

Anna Chicherova :cool: ended up in second with 1.95m, Slesarenko took third place on count back from Marina Kuptsova, both clearing 1.92.

MEN - Borzakovskiy looked at ease

World and European Indoor champion Jason Gardener (GBR) won the 60m as expected. His time of 6.60 seconds was enough to beat South Africa’s Morne Nagel (6.61) and Andrey Yepishin (6.65).

In the 60m Hurdles, Igor Peremota clocked a world season lead of 7.56, bettering USA hurdler Ron Bramlett who settled for second (7.57), while two runners, Redelon Dossantos (Brazil) and Yevgeniy Borisov (Russia) shared the 3rd place (7.65).

New national record was set at 1500m by Halil Akkas from Turkey – 3:41.76 but the story of the men’s middle distances was of course about Olympic 800m champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy who seems to be unbeatable in Moscow. This time his victory was extremely spectacular. He made the final effort after 680m and his acceleration was fantastic, and he closed out the race in 1:46.65. His close friend and teammate Dmitriy Bogdanov, the European indoor champion, was 2nd 1:47.78, with Osmar dos Santos (1:47.97) in third.

There was another national record in the Triple Jump, as Nelson Evora won with a new national record for Portugal of 17.19m in the third round. He also had a 17.02m leap on his second attempt. Russians Danila Burkenya, who had led with 17.13m in the first round, and Aleksandr Petrenko (16.99) were the next best competitors.

Dmitriy Kuptzov form Russia cleared 5.65 in Pole Vault in a competition which was ruined after the poles of USA’s Toby Stevenson and Derek Miles both failed to appear in Russia having been lost somewhere in transit :rolleyes: . With borrowed implements neither man could get further than 5.30m, with the former, the Olympic silver medallist, not even able to clear that high.

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlob for the IAAF

MOSCOW, Jan 25, 2006 - Russian Winter athletics meeting:


  1. Jason Gardener (GBR) 6.60sec, 2. Nagel Morne (RSA) 6.61, 3. Andrei Yepishin (RUS) 6.65


  1. Yury Borzakovsky (RUS) 1min 46.65sec, 2. Dmitry Bogdanov (RUS) 1:47.78, 3. Osmar Dos Santos (BRA) 1:47.97


  1. Akkas Halil (TUR) 3min 41.74sec, 2. Sergey Ivanov (RUS) 3:42.67, 3. Aleksandr Krivchonkov (RUS) 3:43.24

60m hurdles

  1. Igor Peremota (RUS) 7.56sec, 2. Ron Bramlett (USA) 7.57, 3. Redelen Dos Santos (BRA) 7.65

Pole vault

  1. Dmitry Kuptsov (RUS) 5.65m, 2. Maksym Mazuruk (UKR) 5.45, 3. Yevgeny Mikhailichenko (RUS) 5.45

Triple jump

  1. Nelson Evora (POR) 17.19m, 2. Daniil Burkenya (RUS) 17.13, 3. Aleksandr Petrenko (RUS) 16.99


  1. Yulia Tabakova (RUS) 7.08sec, 2. Olga Khalandyreva (RUS) 7.25, 3. Larisa Kruglova 7.26


  1. Olga Zaitseva (RUS) 50.15sec, 2. Olesya Krasnomovets (RUS) Natalia Antyukh (RUS) 50.50


  1. Yulia Chizhenko (RUS) 2min 32.16sec, 2. Yelena Soboleva (RUS) 2:32.40, 3. Yelena Canales (RUS) 2:32.91

60m hurdles

  1. Tatiana Pavliy (RUS) 8.09sec, 2. Aleksandra Antonova (RUS) 8.12, 3. Viktoria Gappova (RUS) 8.27

Long jump

  1. Lyudmila Kolchanova (RUS) 6.52m, 2. Olga Kucherenko (RUS) 6.48, 3. Natalia Lebusova (RUS) 6.42

High jump

  1. Blanka Vlasic (CRO) 2.00m, 2. Anna Chicherova (RUS) 1.95, 3. Elena Slessarenko (RUS) 1.92

Mariya Bolikova

7.04 by Bolikova, Smith defeats Lebedeva in Samara

Samara, Russia - A World-leading 7.04 in the women’s 60m and an upset victory by Trecia Smith over Tatyana Lebedeva were the key highlights of the Governor’s Cup meeting in Samara.

World leading mark for Bolikova

Mariya Bolikova of Russia sped to a brisk 7.04 win in the 60m, the fastest in the world this year, a performance that eclipsed her previous personal best set three years ago by 7/100s of a second. Her compatriot Larisa Kruglova was 2nd in 7.14 with young Russian Olga Kholandyreva third (7.29).

Yuliya Tabakova, previously the fastest in the world this year with a 7.08 clocking, wasn’t able to compete after sustaining an injury during a fall near her apartment :eek: . The seriousness of the injury has yet to be determined, but it might dash her hopes for an appearance at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow next month.

Smith ruins Lebedeva’s spotlight

2005 Golden League Jackpot winner Tatyana Lebedeva was the obvious fan favourite in the Triple Jump. But Jamaica’s World Champion Trecia Smith wasn’t bothered by the fans who crowded into the Sport Hall. The Jamaican prevailed with her fifth round 14.75 leap, bonding well with her hopes in the upcoming World Indoor Championships. Lebedeva managed a span of 14.61 to finish second, well ahead of Anna Pyatykh’s 14.38.

Natalya Antukh set a meeting record of 51.67 in the 400m, well ahead of Julya Guzshina’s 52.95. Another meeting record fell in 1500 after Russia’s Elena Kanales reached the line in 4:08.08. Tatyana Krivobok from Ukraine was the runner-up in 4:16.48, ahead of another Ukrainian, Elena Bondar, who clocked 4:23.29.

It took a close examination of the photo before Natalya Davydenko was given the nod in the 60m Hurdles over fellow Russian Victorya Gappova, with both credited with a 7.92 performance. Aleksandra Antonova was third with a personal best of 8.00.

Yelena Slesarenko, the Olympic High Jump champion, is not particularly talkative :cool: . When asked about her current form, she simply replied, “It’s average at the moment. But I feel myself getting better and there are evident signs of improvement.” One of the signs was her 1.96 winning leap. Ekaterina Savchnko (formerly Aleksandrova), managed 1.94 for second.

In a close Long Jump battle, Irina Melnikova took top honors with a best leap of 6.57, ahead of Ludmila Kolchanova, who landed at 6.53. Russian Natalya Lebusova was third with a 6.49 best.

Men’s Triple Jump - Guzshinskiy over Gregorio

Russian Victor Guzshinskiy displayed a solid series to defeat Brazil’s Jadel Gregorio in a close Triple Jump competition. The Russian’s best of the evening - 17.33 - bettered the Brazilian by just two centimetres. Jefferson Sabino, also from Brazil, was third with a 17.06 effort, a personal best for the 23-year-old.

Elsewhere, Anson Henry won a fiercely fought battle in the 60m over Alesander Volkov in 6.59, a personal best for the Canadian. 20-year-old Ivan Nesterov, who is coached by Sergei Popov, who mentored Tatyana Tomashova to two World titles, won the 800m in 1:51.05. Russian Evgeniy Plotnir, more known as a Triple Jumper, won the long jump with a 7.83 leap.

The Governor’s Cup is organized by Konstantin Titov, the Governor of Samara and himself, a former athlete. Titov was a regional record holder in the Triple Jump, which is why his “favorite” event attracts the fiercest competition.

Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov for the IAAF

Tatyana Kotova jumps World season best in Stutgart

Tatyana Kotova set a World season best of 6.91 meters in the women’slong jump at today’s Sparkassen Cup in Stutgart, Germany. She bettered her previous mark by 16cm.

What happens to all of these Russian guys outdoors who run 6.6’s and below indoors?

They freeze to ice :wink:

  1. Mikhail Yegorychev 6,58 (04.02.06, Samara)
  2. Andrei Yepishin 6,60 (24.12.05, Omsk)
  3. Aleksandr Volkov 6,60 (04.02.06, Samara)
  4. Aleksandr Smirnov 6,61 (04.02.06, Samara)
  5. Aleksandr Riabov 6,64 (24.12.05, Omsk)
  6. Igor Gostev 6,65 (04.02.06, Samara)
  7. Maksim Ovchinnikov 6,66 (24.12.05, Omsk)
  8. Andrei Prokhorov 6,70 (24.12.05, Omsk)
  9. Valeri Kirdiashov 6,72 (04.02.06, Samara)
  10. Yevgeni Zhigulin 6,72 (04.02.06, Samara)

Although we could speculate, I don’t have an answer to that. I just observe their results and where/when these are achieved -the latter is interesting for future reference…

Any idea?

None that are appropriate for this forum and none that I have the experience to comment on.

What about Nagel - he clocked a 6.48 and never made a sub 10 outdoors! I’d call that almost impossible :wink:
What about Jason Gardener?

Anyhow - I expect the Russian girls to rule 60m-800m Indoor WC.

Yepishin and Bolikova win 60m at Russian Indoors
Andrey Yepishin won the men’s 60 meters at the Russian Indoors clocking 6.62 seconds. Mariya Bolikova won the women’s division with 7.20sec.

1 Andrei Yepishin RUS 6,62
2 Aleksandr Smirnov RUS 6,72
3 Aleksandr Volkov RUS 6,74
4 Aleksei Baksheiev RUS 6,79
5 Igor Gostev RUS 6,80
6 Mikhail Yegorychev RUS 6,85

1 Maria Bolikova RUS 7,20
2 Larisa Kruglova RUS 7,23
3 Oksana Kislova RUS 7,29
4 Marina Kislova RUS 7,31
5 Olga Khalandyriova RUS 7,36
6 Yevgenia Poliakova RUS 7,39

Anna Pyatykh wins Triple jump

Anna Pyatykh won the women’s triple jump at the Russian Indoor Championships, having jumped a Russian season best of 14.69 meters. Tatyana Lebedeva was second with 14.61 meters.

Pyatykh and Lebedeva were going with the same result of 14.61, so the winner was determined on the sixth attempt. Pyatykh bettered her result by 8cm, but Lebedeva failed.

Oksana Rogova was third with 14.68 meters.

World record for Shobukhova!
Liliya Shobukhova set a new World record of 8:27.86 minutes in the women’s 3000 meters :eek: during a close contest with Olesya Syryeva at the Russian Indoor Championships. Shubokhova bettered Berhane Adere’s (ETH) record by 1.29 seconds!

1 Lilia Shobukhova RUS 8.27,86
2 Olesia Syrieva RUS 8.29,00
3 Olga Komiagina RUS 8.35,67

Borisov and Korsunova win 60m hurdles
Yevgeniy Borisov and Olga Kursunova became Russian champions in the 60 meters Hurdles achieving 7.65 and 8.09 seconds correspondingly. Igor Peremota the 60mH final favorite started unsuccessfully and injured at the first hurdle.

1 Yevgeni Borisov RUS 7,65
2 Iakov Petrov RUS 7,79
3 Sergey Manakov RUS 7,80
4 Aleksei Davydikov RUS 7,83
5 Igor Peremota RUS 7,86
6 Yevgeni Pechonkin RUS 7,93

1 Olga Korsunova RUS 8,09
2 Tatiana Pavli RUS 8,10
3 Aleksandra Antonova RUS 8,20
4 Natalia Davidenko RUS 8,21
5 Polina Roslavtseva RUS 8,33
6 Tatiana Degtiariova RUS 8,40