Javelin throwers spearhead the first day of Znamenskiy Memorial

The two-day Znamenskiy Memorial started in Tula. While only Russian athletes were in the line-up for Saturday’s events, the “Arsenal” stadium is set to welcome some International competitors on Sunday.
In the men’s javelin throw, Russian record holder Sergei Makarov, who recently broke the 90-meter barrier (90,86), faced Russian U-23 record holder (87,62) Aleksandr Ivanov. Ivanov was the first one to go over the 80 m mark -- 81,49, but then Makarov had a powerful throw and the javelin landed just short of the record mark – 88,17. The contest was effectively over. Sergey later stated that he purposely forwent subsequent attempts to save up his stamina for future meets.
Lyudmila Galkina may have been short on this very ability to save up, as she arrived from Turin, where the competition was not over until late Friday night, only to suffer an uncalled-for injury in her first attempt in Tula.
Tatyana Shikolenko showed some teeth in the women’s javelin with a 64,47 throw which put her into second place on the outdoor performance list behind Osleidys Menendez of Cuba (67,14).
In the women’s pole vault, Yelena Isinbayeva set a new PR of 4,50 m.
Mikhail Yeginov impressed everyone with his deft running over the second half of the men’s 3000 m race. After a 4.01 first half, he picked up the pace to go under 3.50 for the 1500 m, and set a new PR of 7.50,45. Andrey Zadorozhniy could not keep up with the leader and finished far behind in 7.56,06.