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Birds in a cage. What to expect from Russian athletes at the main start of the season?

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 13:02:18

The 2023 Russian Championships in Athletics began in Chelyabinsk. In the good times, it would have become a dress rehearsal for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, but those times are long gone. World Athletics boss Sebastian Coe does not allow Russians to participate in tournaments, even as neutral athletes. It will soon be 10 years since our athletes live like birds in a cage.

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Our athletes have to compete with each other and with the Belarusians and in such conditions they try to show good results. Units are successful. To be honest, in athletics, the Russians at the moment are even less likely to prove themselves at the world level than in swimming.

But all the same, at the end of the summer it will be interesting to compare the results of the Russian Championship and the World Championship. Although, perhaps, the final of the “Queen of Russian Sports” on August 17-19 in Yekaterinburg will be even more revealing.

Meanwhile, the main expectations of the Russian championship.

Will Lysenko jump on Barshim?

Danil Lysenko, who did not compete for four years due to a disqualification received following a stupid attempt to explain three failed doping controls with a certificate from a non-existent hospital, has the second result in the current summer season in the world. (Lysenko is 2.38m in winter).

Most recently, in Minsk, at the Belarusian open championship, he jumped 2.35 m! Only Qatari Olympic champion Mutaz Barshim has jumped higher in the world this year – 2.36m. In Chelyabinsk, Lysenko can also claim world leadership – Danil is now in excellent shape, he is an unconditional favorite.

danil lysenko

Photo: RIA Novosti

Ilya Ivanyuk did not jump so high this season, although in Bryansk in early June he flew as high as 2.33 m. In Minsk, he took second place, breaking the bar at a height of 2.31m. He will be the most beautiful sight on the show. for the Czech Republic-2023.

In what form Shubenkov?

In Chelyabinsk, sprint steeplechase star Sergei Shubenkov will return to the track after a fall from a motorcycle in June. World Champion: 2015 and multiple world championship winner, he broke his clavicle in the early summer, but managed to recover for the national championship.

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On the track, in his own words, will be “a cyborg with a titanium bone.” Shubenkov has not run faster than 13.40s this season, while the Olympic standard in this form is 13.27s. But even so, no one managed to get close to Sergei in time. Belarusian Vitaly Parakhonko ran in 13.54 s, and recently in Minsk he showed a slightly more modest result – 13.59 s.

I wonder if Shubenkov will be able to keep the lead in the Russian season after a serious injury.

Will Lasickene return to the sector?

Olympic champion, three-time world champion, a girl with incredible character and excellent personal results, Maria Lasitskene, due to an Achilles tendon injury, took part only in the Russian team championship in Sochi this summer season. She then cleared the bar to a warm-up height of 1.88m by herself, after which she no longer performed.

Masha has been declared for the Russian Championship, but the question of her participation will be decided immediately before the start. In any case, Lasitskene flew to Chelyabinsk.

In her absence, Natalya Spiridonova became the leader of the Russian season, who set a personal record two weeks ago – 1.95 m. The Olympic standard in this discipline is 1.97 m. Only Maria Kochanova can rival Spiridonova, who has gained shape. Her best result this summer is 1.93 m.

Mary Lasitskene

Photo: RIA Novosti

Will Kristina Makarenko run out of 11 seconds?

The long-term leader of the Russian national team in the 100m race, Kristina Makarenko, ran this distance in 11.15 seconds this season, setting a personal record. It is clear that without force majeure, Christina has no rivals in the 100m, but can she still better her result and reach the Olympic norm (11.07), or perhaps approach or exceed the 11 second barrier?

In the men’s 100m, 19-year-old Konstantin Krylov showed a sensational result for Russia: 10.15s. This is a new junior national record that no one has been able to break in 33 years. And among adult athletes, no one ran as fast this season. If Krylov is in the same form as in July, he will be able to beat Andrey Epishin’s Russian record (10.10).

Will they be able to add Morgunov and Knoroz?

The star couple of pole vaulters Timur Morgunov and Polina Knoroz this season have already exceeded the bar at the height of Olympic standards (5.82 m and 4.75 m). Will they try to improve on these results at the Russian Championship in Chelyabinsk, or will they leave their best for Yekaterinburg? It seems to be all about the competition. Morgunov has no competitors, they do not jump so high in Russia and Belarus, even the young Matvey Volkov is not yet capable of such results. But Knoroz has a Belarusian rival – Irina Zhuk, who also jumped 4.75 meters in the season and beat Polina at the Belarusian championship.

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