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February 20, 2009
Fresh young team heading for Torino

Contestants line up for the 60m event. Photo/Nastassia Marynina

By Nastassia Marynina,

Executive Secretary Belarus Sports Press Association, Communications Manager, Belarus Athletics Federation

MOGILEV, February 20, 2009 – At the National Indoor Championships which took place on February 13 and 14 the Belarusian athletes were selected for the European Indoor Championships in Torino.

Shot Put Olympic bronze medalist Nadzeya Ostapchuk took the world lead with 19.55 m. She achieved the best result of the first day of the Belarus National Indoor Championships on February 13.

“It’s one of my best indoorsresults,” Ostapchuk said. “ In the sixth attempt I wished to push further away, but it did not turn out.”

Nadzeya Ostapchuk did not plan to take part in the European Indoor Championships in Torino, as she is preparing for several tournaments, one of which will be in New Zealand.

Artsiom Zaitsau was the best in high jumper with 224. Niki Palli from Israel was fourth – 220.

Dzmitry Zhuk (6.79) won the 60m and Aksana Drahun recorded a time of 7.29. Triple jumper Dzmitry Dziatsuk was best a jump of with 16.77. Natallia Viatkina jumped 13,64 and silver medalist of the World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz Nastassia Mironchyk became second with 13,57.

As usual there were solid walks at 10, 000 m for Elena Ginko (45:09.06) and Ivan Trotski (40:18.19).

18-year-old Aliaksandr Linnik won the 200 meters and holds the national junior record with 21,86.

A duel was expected between Olympian Katsiaryna Paplauskaya (8,30) and finalist of the World junior championship in Bydgoszcz Alina Talaj (8,43) for the final of the 60 meters hurdles. However after two false starts Talaj was been disqualified, and a victory was celebrated Paplauskaya – 8,31.

Nadzeya Ostapchuk and Aliaksandr Linnik were named best athletes of the championship and received prizes from newspaper Sports Panorama.

The opening ceremony honoured the best female athlete of 2008, the Beijing Olympic Hammer Throw Aksana Miankova and the best coach of 2008 Valery Varantsou, Miankova’s personal coach, together with other athletes and coaches who achieved top results throughout 2008.

The team to represent Belarus in Torino have now been chosen with one of the youngest teams ever to represent the nation. All eyes look ahead also to the World Championships in Berlin.

Candidates for Torino

60 meters:

Aksana Drahun

Julia Balykina

4x400m:

Hanna Tashpulatava

Katsiaryna Mishyna

Katsiaryna Bobryk

Aliona Kievich

60 meter hurdles

Katsiaryna Paplauskaya

Alina Talaj

Maksim Lynsha

Triple jump:

Natallia Viatkina

Nastassia Mironchyk

Dzmitry Dziatsuk

High jump:

Artsiom Zaitsau

Shot put:

Andrey Siniakou

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