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Russian all-comers’ records


100m – Usain Bolt, 9.77 (2013), previous – Olapade Adeniken, 10.03 (1996)

200m – Bolt, 19.66 (2013), previous – Michael Johnson, 20.10 (1994)

400m – LaShawn Merritt, 43.74 (2013), previous – Viktor Markin, 44.60 (1980)

800m – Mohammed Aman, 1:43.31 (2013), previous – Amine Laalou, 1:43.76 (2010)

1500m – Venuste Niyongabo, 3:30.64 (1996)

1 mile – Noureddine Morceli, 3:48.67 (1994)

3000m – Daniel Komen, 7:37.64 (1997)

5000m – Moses Kiptanui, 13:10.76 (1994)

10,000m – Mo Farah, 27:21.71 (2013), previous – Miruts Yifter, 27:42.69 (1980)

3000m SC – Ezekiel Kemboi, 8:06.01 (2013), previous Bronislaw Malinowski, 8:09.70 (1980)

Marathon – Stephen Kiprotich, 2:09:51 (2013), previous – Dereji Nedi, 2:10:32 (1984)

110m hurdles – David Oliver, 13.00 (2013), previous – Colin Jackson, 13.17 (1998)

400m hurdles – Jehue Gordon, 47.69 (2013), previous – Harald Schmidt, 47.85 (1985)

4x100m relay – JAM (Carterm Bailey Cole, Ashmeade, Bolt) 37.36 (2013), previous – USA (McRae, Heard, Glance, Lewis) 37.98 (1986)

4x400m relay – USA (Verburg, McQuay, Hall, Merritt) 3:58.71 (2013), previous – USA (Mills, Valmon, Pettigrew, Simon) 2:59.42 (1994)


Long jump – Robert Emmiyan, 8.61m (1986)

Triple jump – Teddy Tamgho, 18.04m (2013), previous – Nikolay Musiyenko, 17.78m (1986)

High jump – Bohdan Bondarenko, 2.41m (2013), previous – Javier Sotomayor, 2.40m (1994)

Pole vault – Sergey Bubka, 6.08m (1991)

Shot put – Sergey Smirnov, 22.05m (1985)

Discus – Yuriy Dumchev, 71.86m (1983)

Hammer – Yuriy Sedykh, 85.60m (1984)

Javelin – Sergey Makarov, 90.33m (2005)

Decathlon – Ashton Eaton, 8809 (2013), previous – Dan O’Brien, 8715 (1994)


20km walk – Sergey Morozov, 1:16:43 (2008)

50km walk – Denis Nizhegorodov, 3:34:14 (2008)



100m – Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 10.71 (2013), previous – Irina Privalova, 10.82 (1992)

200m – Marita Koch, 22.02 (1985)

400m – Olga Bryzgina, 48.60 (1985)

800m – Nadezhda Olizarenko, 1:53.43 (1980)

1500m – Tatyana Kazankina 3:55.0 (1980)

1 mile – Natalya Artyomova 4:15.8 (1984)

3000m – Tatyana Kazankina 8:22.62 (1984)

5000m – Liliya Shobukhova 14:23.75 (2008)

10,000m – Shobukhova 30:29.36 (2009)

3000m steeplechase – Gulnara Galkina 9:08.21 (2008)

Marathon – Edna Kiplagat, 2:25:44 (2013), previous – Natalya Sokolova, 2:30:10 (2012)

100m hurdles – Yordanka Donkova 12.40 (1986)

400m hurdles – Yuliya Pechonkina 52.34 (2003)

4x100m relay – JAM (Russell, Stewart, Calvert, Fraser-Pryce) 41.29 (2013), previous – GDR (Muller, Wockel, Auerswald, Gohr) 41.60 (1980)

4x400m relay – USSR (Nazarova, Olizarenko, Pinigina, Bryzgina) 3:18.58 (1985)


Long jump – Galina Chistyakova, 7.52m (1988)

Triple jump – Nadezhda Alekhina, 15.14m (2009)

High jump – Anna Chicherova, 2.07m (2011)

Pole vault – Yelena Isinbayeva, 4.89m (2013), previous – Isinbayeva, 4.80m (2007)

Shot put – Natalya Lisovskaya, 22.63m (1987)

Discus – Ellina Zvereva, 71.58m (1988)

Hammer – Tatyana Lysenko, 78.80m (2013), previous – Lysenko, 78.51m (2012)

Javelin – Mariya Abakumova, 69.09m (2013), previous – Abakumova, 68.31m (2010)

Heptathlon – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 7148 (1985)


20km walk – Olimpiada Ivanova, 1:24:50 (2001)




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Are the Russians cleaning up their act?

Are the Russians cleaning up their act?

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell’s positive drug tests marked an arguable nadir for the sport’s reputation in recent years but while lacking the sporting currency to make an impact on the back-pages, the Russian track and field team has been a perennial fixture at the forefront of doping controversies over the past decade.

Jenny Meadows and Lynsey Sharp have been outspoken critics of Russian athletics after being denied major 800m accolades by subsequently-busted Russians while UK javelin record-holder Goldie Sayers was the latest name to publicly question whether the country is fit to host the World Championships with a banned list nudging the wrong side of the half-century mark.

The country’s inauspicious anti-doping record in all sports has led to similar questions surrounding next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi and scepticism about the country’s credentials to host such renowned global events have been fuelled further by Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay legislation recently coming into force.

Even though Russia swept the medals at the World University Games and what was in effect a B-team retained their European Team Championships title in Gateshead, it hasn’t been a memorable year for Russian athletics – so far, at least. Their leading athletes have not performed with the same distinction and many have kept very low-profiles. It was largely thought they were being kept under lock-and-key with the purpose of keeping their powder dry for the main events.

However, one couldn’t help but notice an alarming drop in standards across the board to last year at the Russian Championships. Granted, one or two medal contenders were pre-selected but regardless, the difference in standard was eye-catching. Eleven sub-50.5 and five sub-50 400m performances were recorded last year while the winning time in the 400m this year was a comparatively modest 50.55. The whole championships just produced a solitary sub-2:00 800m compared to eight in 2012, and twelve in 2004, while the winning time in the 200m this year was slower than the eighth-placer’s from last year.

So, what can we conclude from these results? Perhaps the Russian coaches are peaking their athletes in time for the World Championships rather than their domestic championships, as has sometimes been the case? Russian athletes do have a propensity for running fast domestically before failing to produce the same calibre of performance at the major championships.

Or are the testers starting to catch up with arguably the world’s most notoriously consistent, and persistent offenders? The biological passport system has proved a particularly effective innovation in catching out cheats while lauded medal-winners such as Svetlana Krivelyova and Tatyana Kotova (pictured) have recently been brought under disrepute with retrospective testing of samples from previous championships.

The much-maligned Russian system has been placed firmly under the spotlight and has such pressure combined with the growing militancy of anti-doping procedures acted as the much-needed push to start the clean-up of the Russian system which has sadly clouded the reputation of their athletes? Or will normal service be resumed once the focus shifts away post-Moscow and post-Sochi?

Let’s hope it’s the former and we can enjoy a controversy-free World Championships next month.

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13 hot prospects for 2013 (part 2/2)

Fantu Magiso

Ethiopia’s first world-class female half-miler looked on track for medals at the Olympic Games after defeating a stellar field containing Mariya Savinova, Pamela Jelimo, Janeth Jepkosgei and Caster Semenya in the Rome Diamond League in May. She then improved her national record to 1:57.48 in New York on her 20th birthday but a leg injury abruptly ruled her out for the rest of the year.

At 20, Magiso isn’t the finished article yet. Her pacing can be erratic and her form isn’t textbook but she’s very strong and possesses enviable 400m pace. With a bit of refinement, she’s considered by many a contender for future global titles.

Francine Niyonsaba

Savinova holds a dominant grip on major 800m titles for the time being but future global finals could pit Magiso against this teenager from Burundi who first came to attention at the African Championships. She won the title in just her third sanctioned race at the distance in 1:59.11, a day after running the entirety of her semi-final from lane two!

Niyonsaba displayed outrageous inexperience on her first venture in Diamond League competition in Monaco but she was still rewarded with a runner-up finish in 1:58.68. She continued to improve substantially by finishing seventh in the Olympic final before settling into life on the European circuit with back-to-back victories over Savinova in Brussels and Rieti.

Conseslus Kipruto

The likes of Ezekiel Kemboi, Paul Kipsiele Koech and Brimin Kipruto have been mainstays at the highest echelons of steeplechasing over the past decade but the future looks in safe hands as they reach the latter stages of their careers. The new batch of world-class Kenyans is led by world junior champion Conseslus Kipruto (or Conselus, depending on which source you use) who is faster as a junior than the aforementioned triumvirate with 8:03.49 from the Monaco Diamond League.

Kipruto, who turned 18 last month, has another summer left in the junior ranks to challenge Saif Saaeed Shaheen’s world junior record of 7:58.86 and without the distraction of an age-group championships to think about, he will also have his sights set on his first senior appearance at the World Championships in Moscow.

Kimberlyn Duncan

The multiple NCAA champion opted to stay in the collegiate ranks after missing out on the team at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene and such are the strains of the collegiate season, we might have to wait until 2014 to see the Louisiana State student in peak form in major international competitions. Not yet a household name, Duncan has still finished the last two years ranked inside the world’s top-five on times for 200m so the 21-year-old is capable of making an impression at the World Championships assuming there’s something still in the tank after the exhaustion-inducing double-burden of the NCAA Championships and US Trials commitments.

Yordan L. O’Farrill

Even before pulling up injured in the Olympics, Dayron Robles admitted he’s been considering retirement which means Cuba’s hopes in the build-up to 2016 and beyond might rest with his training partner who won the world junior 110m hurdles title in the third fastest time ever of 13.18.

While Robles’ future on the track remains an uncertainty – and even more so after a recent dispute with his federation, O’Farrill cuts a strikingly similar figure to the former world record-holder. This year will be his first as a full-time senior athlete and it will indicate whether he can also match Robles’ on-track exploits.

Anna Rüh

The German set distances last year seldom achieved by junior athletes since the drug-fuelled era of Eastern Bloc dominance and her 63.38m discus PB was the longest throw by an under-20 athlete this millennium. Her transition into the senior ranks shouldn’t be too problematic either, as her world junior title was sandwiched between finals appearances in the European Championships and Olympic Games. Rather like her compatriot David Storl in the shot put, Rüh seems on a fast track to senior honours despite competing in a discipline with a bias towards older competitors.

Luguelin Santos

A bit of an obvious choice but the Olympic silver medallist, who admittedly was hoping to be the first, could become the second non-American to break the 44-second barrier once he gains a bit more strength, which will come as he gets older. Remember, Santos only turned 19 last November. 

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13 hot prospects for 2013 (part 1/2)

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

It might take a few years before the Liverpool Harrier can think about challenging Jessica Ennis but the Olympic heptathlon champion went on record to say Johnson-Thompson can one day surpass her exploits after she set a UK junior record of 6248. She then improved that mark to 6267 at the Olympics, setting four PBs en route to a fifteenth-place finish. As seems to be the recurring theme with British multi-eventers, Johnson-Thompson’s throws are still a work in progress but her jumps are already close to world-class standard.

Jacko Gill

The year hasn’t started auspiciously for the 18-year-old New Zealander. He sprained his foot in a competition last month before being hospitalised with facial injuries after a freak accident. Let’s hope they won’t set him back too much as he aims for his first senior championships in Moscow. Medals aren’t a reasonable aspiration for now but his PB and world youth record of 20.38m with the senior implement should suffice for a berth in the final. This would be a stellar achievement for the teenager who doesn’t turn 20 until after the 2014 Commonwealth Games which is another event on his agenda.

Sergey Morgunov

The Russian smashed the 40-year-old world junior record last summer with 8.35m which surprisingly remained the joint world-leading distance alongside Olympic champion Greg Rutherford’s early-season mark. Even Rutherford has admitted the global standards of men’s long jumping aren’t laudable so look for Morgunov to mount an assault on major honours in Moscow if he reproduces his 8.30m-plus form.

Kevin Mayer

Since winning the world youth multi-events title in 2009, the Frenchman has continued to go from strength to strength. He followed this up with the world junior title in 2010 and the European junior title in 2011 by almost 300-points. While Mayer didn’t display his best form in the major events this year, he still finished ranked inside the world’s top-10 at the age of 20 with 8447. Progression doesn’t always follow a linear pattern but a bronze medal in Moscow behind Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee is a realistic projection.

Adam Gemili

The career trajectory of Mark-Lewis Francis serves as a cautionary tale to those hanging global medals around his neck but the world junior 100m champion is still a very exciting prospect. The 19-year-old displayed the maturity of a seasoned veteran on his Olympic debut by producing his second fastest ever time of 10.06 in the semi-finals and unlike some of his injury-ridden contemporaries, Gemili has the physical attributes of a world-class sprinter. Having previously divided his energies between athletics and football, what can he achieve in 2013 with a fully-focused approach to the sport?

Thiago Da Silva

The Brazilian’s victory in a pulsating climax at the World Junior Championships will have elevated his profile in his homeland and the youngster couldn’t be in better hands as he prepares for the awesome baptism of his first Olympics on home-soil in 2016. This is because the 19-year-old is advised by the venerable Vitaliy Petrov, who masterminded the illustrious careers of Sergey Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva as well as guiding compatriot Fabiana Murer to the world title in Daegu in 2011.

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