2012 World Indoor Champs: 41 Russians for Istanbul, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Anna Chicherova, 2011 Lausanne DL, photo by PhotoRun.net

Forty-one athletes named to Russian team for Istanbul. US indoor champs this weekend (Feb. 25-26) as well as most of European teams. Chicherova has a bye, along with Isinbayeva, but Anna has not told Russian Federation she will be competing, although she is expected.

1300 plus athletes and 150 countries to compete in Istanbul, Turkey.
41 Russians for Istanbul
MOSCOW (RUS): The presidium of Russian Athletics Federation confirmed the preliminary team selection for World Indoor Championships. The team contains 41 athletes (26 women and 15 men). Byes from national championships were recieved by Yelena Isinbaeva, Anna Chicherova (she still must confirm her participation, but it is expected she will do so) and Aleksandr Menkov. Invited by IAAF are Tatyana Chernova and Yekaterina Bolshova for pentathlon. There are also hopes that Artyom Lukyanenko could be invited by IAAF for heptathlon. Winner in the 400 m Pavel Trenikhin and long jumper Olga Kucherenko who was not competing at nationals did not plan for Istanbul. High jump winner Ivan Ukhov confirmed his availability for Istanbul. Others were selected based on their performances at national championships. The team - men - 400 m: Kruglyakov, Aleksandrenko, added for relay Petukhov, Frolov, Golubev, 1500 m: Nikolayev, 60mH: Borisov, Shabanov, HJ: Ukhov, Silnov, PV: Starodubtsev, LJ: Menkov, TJ: Adams, SP: Sidorov, Yushkov. Women - 60 m: Filatova, 400 m: Fedoriva, Gushchina or Davydova, added for relay Ustalova, Karnaushchenko, S. Pospelova, 800 m: Kofanova, Rusanova, 1500 m: Arzhakova, 3000 m: Vasilyeva, Khaleyeva, 60mH: Galitskaya, Topilina, HJ: Chicherova, Gordeyeva, PV: Isinbaeva, Savchenko, LJ: Sokolova, Klishina, TJ: Krylova, Valyukevich, SP: Kolodko, Tarasova, Pent: Chernova, Bolshova.
 
Golovkina 5000 m 15:39.61
MOSCOW (RUS, Feb 24): Olga Golovkina clocked during last day of Russian Indoor Championships world leading non-oversized time of 15:39.61 at the 5000 m. It is also best time of an European runner this year. European U23 Champion Yelena Arzhakova who did not qualify for 800 m final won the 1500 m in 4:09.43 beating Yevgeniy Zolotova 4:12.33 and former champion Yelena Soboleva 4:12.84. Another runner from past Yuliya Chizhenko won her heat in 4:16.68. First title for Anna Krylova in the triple jump 14.31. Second wife of Slovak triple jump record holder Viktoriya Valyukevich (formerly Gurova) 14.29 ahead of Yekaterina Koneva 14.24 and Yana Borodina 14.22. 15 meters jumper Nadezhda Alekhina was 6th (14.04) and European indoor champion 2009 Anastasiya Potapova 7th (14.00). In remaining male events Yegor Nikolayev got his second gold after 3000 m with 3:40.90 in the 1500 m. Andrey Safronov was the 5000 m winner (13.56.91). Dmitriy Starodubtsev confirmed his number one position in the country in the pole vault with 572 clearance. Sergey Nikolayev achieved for first time indoors exactly 8 meters in the long jump and that was enough for win over Andrey Khaylov 794. But not enough for Istanbul selection. The best Aleksandr Menkov recieved a bye. In the final relays this time no world records, but solid times. In the women 4x800 Moscow with champion Yelena Kofanova as anchor clocked fourth fastest ever 8:15.57. In men´s 4x800 m Moscow beat with 7:23.62 the Sverdlovsk team 7:23.76. In the 4x200 m wins for men of Moscow 1:25.41 and women of St. Peterburg 1:34.95.
 
Oprea and Gavrila with good marks
BUCURESTI (ROU, Feb 24): Good triple jumping during first day of Romanian Indoor Championships. Multiple European medalist Marian Oprea showed improved shape with season best of 16.97. Greek guest Dimitrios Tsiamis was second 16.60. In women triple Adelina Gavrila 14.24 ahead of Cristina Bujin 14.12. 22-years old high jumper Marius Dumitrache improved from 218 to winning 227 cm.

Krivitskiy over 79 meters
STAIKI (BLR, Feb 24): Pavel Krivitskiy achieved good 79.37 in hammer during Belarus National Cup in winter throwing. Second Yuriy Shayunov 79.00. In women hammer Olga Tsander registered 70.40 over Alina Kostrova 70.31 and reigning olympic winner Oksana Menkova 69.87. The meet served also as qualification for European Cup Winter Throwing in March in Bar, Montenegro.

Two athletes from St. Kitts
BASSETERRE (STK): Female 400 m runner Tiandra Ponteen and male 60 m runner Brijesh Lawrence are the only two athletes selected to represent St. Kitts & Nevis at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. Kim Collins the former world champion and Daegu bronze medalist declared himself as not available for the event. Lawrence was a member of 4x100 m bronze team from World Championships 2011.

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