The Russian Athletics Championships, which took place in Moscow this weekend, brought a number of interesting results.

Perhaps the most striking and emotional was the final day of the competition, when medals were awarded in the women's high jump, because the only Olympic champion among all the tournament participants, Maria Lasitskene, entered the sector.

Gennady Gabrielyan's ward started the competition with a confident jump at a height of 1.75 and consistently cleared all the limits on the first attempt up to 1.93 m. This year Maria has not jumped so high yet, but still managed to clear the bar in the third attempt, and with a decent supply.

However, at the next mark (1.95), the Tokyo champion was still forced to throw out the white flag, just like Daria Slepova, who, nevertheless, set a personal record at this tournament.

The girls shared second place, and the only one who continued to perform was Natalya Spiridonova.

The former world champion among juniors won four out of six starts this winter, and was left off the podium only once, so she can definitely be considered a favorite in any competition.

The 21-year-old jumper in Moscow fully justified her new status.

After formally securing victory, she cleared 1.97 meters on her second attempt, updating her personal record, and then accomplished something that even she herself at that time seemed impossible - she soared 2 meters.

Thus, the Russian showed the third best result of the season in the world after Ukrainian Yaroslava Maguchikh (2.04) and Australian Nicole Olislagers (2.03).

“Today I was already happy 1.97.

We set it to 2 meters to try this height for the future, but we managed to jump!

“I’m shocked, I can’t believe it,” Spiridonova shared her emotions live on Match TV.

In turn, Lasitskene noted that she should be happy with the result, since she managed to pull herself together after the “disassembled” second attempt at 1.93 and show her best result of the season.

“Today I lost, that’s normal, the girls are in great shape, and Natasha Spiridonova is just super.

There is great competition in the sector and there is jitters.

I won't say this season was the strangest.

Everything was fine in training, I felt good, but for some reason I couldn’t pull myself together completely.

I don’t dig into it too much, but the coach sees that I can do it.

He believes in me and sees that everything works out in training, and attempts are successful, so we need to keep working,” TASS quotes the Olympic champion as saying.

In similar competitions among men, Danil Lysenko won with a result of 2.33 meters, repeating the best result of the season in the world.

Ilya Ivanyuk lost 6 cm to his competitor and became second, and Nikita Anishchenkov closed the top three winners, losing to the bronze medalist of the 2019 World Cup in attempts.

Since returning to the sector after a four-year disqualification, Lysenko has not lost a single competition, and even the absence of international competitions does not affect his desire to perform and achieve high results.

“I just enjoy jumping.

Motivation for me is my family, my relatives, my wife.

I understand that we need to show good results, even if there are no international competitions now.

I’m sure there will be interesting starts in the summer,” the athlete emphasized.

Unfortunately, not all leaders were able to take part in the championship.

So, Ekaterina Koneva almost completely missed the winter season.

The 2013 world vice-champion in the triple jump made the only exception for the Russian Winter tournament, succumbing, in her words, to the persistent persuasion of the organizers.

Despite the fact that, performing without preparation, the Krasnodar athlete managed to show a long jump of 14 meters, she decided not to abandon her original plans and focused on performing in the summer.

In the absence of Koneva, the victory went to Violetta Skortsova from Belarus, who became the only participant to overcome the 14-meter mark.

Second place and the title of national champion was won by Daria Nidbaikina, who flew away in the last attempt at 13.86.

Valentina Kosolapova received silver at the national championship.

The representative of the Volgograd region rose from fifth place one lap before the end of the competition, showing 13.51 m, and then improving the result by another 4 cm. Valeria Volovlikova took bronze (13.46).

Timur Morgunov, who took time to recover from injuries, also did not enter the sector this winter.

As his coach Vladimir Shulgin explained, all last summer the athlete performed in pain due to damaged shoulder ligaments, so he needs proper rest before the busy summer season.

So this time the audience did not see the exciting duel between Timur and Matvey Volkov, which became the highlight of almost all tournaments last year.

And the Belarusian needed only two successful jumps to win - at 5.60 and 5.82 m. The 19-year-old jumper updated his personal record - he improved the achievement set in January of this year at the All-Russian competitions in Chelyabinsk by 1 cm.

The best among the Russians was Alexander Solovyov, who stopped at 5.77, followed by Mikhail Shmykov (5.66) and Georgy Gorokhov (5.53) in the final protocol.

According to the newly crowned national champion, he really needs intense competition and the effect of novelty to make even greater progress.

“It’s hard when you have to follow how foreign athletes are performing only using your phone.

It’s also not easy to compete for a long time only with your own people.

There are not enough new competitors, we want different starts, otherwise we always go to the same cities.

But, unfortunately, we have to be content with what we have,” TASS quotes the athlete as saying.

In the women's pole vault sector, the Belarusian-Russian duel also did not turn out as bright as one might have expected.

Irina Zhuk made only one successful attempt at a height of 4.45 m, and was unable to cope with the mark of 4.63.

Polina Knoroz was again forced to fight with herself, and achieved good success in this.

At a height of 4.73 m, when a stiffer pole was used, she made two unsuccessful attempts, but was able to get ready for the third and fly over the bar.

Technically, the third jump was also good at 4.82, but the athlete no longer had enough strength for a powerful take-off, so she hit the bar.

“If it weren’t for this third attempt, I would have been very disappointed with this start.

But she was really very good, which gives hope for good jumps.

I now have some technical problems, but I showed myself and the coach that I can still jump.

So we are calm, and this is a good end to the season,” Polina noted after the performance.

Another loss of the tournament was the repeated champion of Russia in shot put Snezhana Trofimets, who recently established a unique achievement - she became the first athlete in the history of the country to win both the winter and summer Spartakiads.

In winter, the girl competes in bobsled, and at a recent forum in Sochi she excelled in the two-man races.

The Muscovite planned to compete at the track and field tournament, but fell ill right before the start and was forced to withdraw.

And the victory was celebrated by Alena Gordeeva, who sent the projectile to 17.02 m. Ekaterina Burmistrova and Natalya Troneva also became prize-winners of the competition.

The most striking event of the running part of the tournament was the performance of sprinter Konstantin Krylov.

At a distance of 60 m, the athlete updated the Russian record among U23 juniors, showing a result of 6.56 seconds.

The previous achievement (6.59 seconds) belonged to Alexander Porkhomovsky and was established on February 27, 1993.

However, the runner himself did not show any emotions in connection with this event.

“It’s clear that this is a personal record, a Russian record for juniors, but I didn’t feel much joy,” Krylov told the ARAF press service.

And on the final day of the tournament, the 19-year-old runner added another title to his track record at a distance of 200 m - and also with a junior national record - 20.73 seconds.

He dropped 0.09 seconds from the achievement of Alexander Sokolov, who had held since March 1, 1992.

Another victory, already the seventh in her career at the national winter championships, was celebrated in the 60-meter race by Kristina Makarenko, who finished with a result of 7.13 seconds.

She was ahead of her closest pursuer, Victoria Maksimova, by 0.18 seconds.

At the same time, according to the athlete, she had difficulties at the start of the race, and if she had not made a mistake, she could have covered the distance even faster.

“I have mixed emotions, because at the start I felt like the girls ran away, and I fell asleep a little.”

Something was not very good about the reaction.

But it is what it is.

This affects the result, and if I made a good start, I could finish closer to 7.10, which is what I planned to do.

But, as I understand, when you plan something, nothing works out,” Makarenko shared with the ARAF press service.

After this victory, the runner already has 16 personal titles as champion of Russia, if we count both winter and summer tournaments.

In addition, she won the team championships five times, and also won gold in the relay race as part of the Moscow team.