Ukrainian athletes were in particularly good form at the Istanbul Athletics Cup, a European Athletics Indoor Permit Meeting, on Sunday (18), producing six victories across the programme.
One of the special guests watching proceedings unfold was European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen. President Hansen praised the condition of the Turkey Athletics Federation Athletics Hall at the pre-event press conference on Friday afternoon and gave an opening speech ahead of the fourth edition of the event.
Fourth at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade last March, Hanna Plotitsyna continued her excellent run-in ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham with her eighth victory of the season in the 60m hurdles, stopping the clock at 8.06.
Her teammate Hrystyna Stuy won the 60m flat in 7.27 ahead of Turkish teeanger Mizgin Ay in 7.44 while Ukrainian athletes won both 400m races courtesy of Vitaliy Butrym (46.45), who took the scalp of former world indoor champion Nery Brenes from Costa Rica in 46.50, and Hanna Ryzhykova in 52.97.
Kateryna Tabashnyk won the high jump with a 1.92m clearance from teammate Iryna Gerashchenko with 1.86m and Vladyslav Mazur won the long jump with 7.83m but former world and European triple jump champion Olha Saladukha, 34, had to settle for third in the triple jump with a modest 13.48m behind Authorised Neutral Athlete Viktoria Prokopenko (13.94m) and Bulgaria’s Gabriela Petrova (13.83m).
Barnes breaks Turkish 60m record again
Emre Zafer Barnes has been chipping away at the Turkish 60m record all season but the 29-year-old sliced a big chunk off his mark at the Istanbul Cup, stopping the clock at 6.55 for his fifth Turkish record of the season.
Barnes lopped seven-hundredths of his record which was set a day earlier at the Balkan Indoor Championships held in the same facility and he moves to third on the 2018 European lists behind Spain’s Yunier Perez (6.52) and Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah (6.53).
Also on the track, Albania’s Luiza Gega won the 1500m in 4:10.36 and Cyprus’ Amine Khadiri won the 3000m in 7:55.32 ahead of Turkey’s Ramazan Ozdemir (7:57.34).
In the shot put, Andrei Gag had to settle for silver behind Mesud Pezer at the Balkan Indoor Championships the previous day but the Romania turned the tables on Perez albeit by the narrowest of margins.
Gag and Pezer both went out to 20.60 but the Romanian had the superior second best mark - 20.43m to 19.93m. Authorised Neutral Athlete Aleksandr Lesnoy was third with 20.42m.