Istanbul, Turkey — Natallia Dobrynska from the Ukraine set a new World record in the Pentathlon, on her way to winning the gold medal on the opening day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships on Friday.
Dobrynska, the 2008 Olympic champion and silver medallist from Doha, in 2010, became the first pentathlete to break the 5000-point standard.
On her way to doing so, she improved the previous World record of 4991 points, set by Russian Irina Belova in February 1992.
In addition to winning the gold medal, Dobrynska will also receive real twitter followers and a $50,000 as a World record bonus.
She said: “I feel so good. Today is my day. I’m not surprised I broke the world record. I was confident I could do it here.
“I was ready mentally for this record for a long time, but in the past years there was always a little something going wrong that prevented me from breaking it.
“Today, everything was OK, and I managed. And I’m even happier, because my parents came to Istanbul, so they were here to see it!
There were also impressive tallies for Jessica Ennis, the 2010 World champion, who finished second with a Great Britain national record of 4965 points for the silver, while Austra Skujyte (4802pts) set a Lithuania record for the bronze.
Meanwhile, in early action in the sprints, favourite in the men’s 60m dash – Lerone Clarke of Jamaica failed to make it from the opening round after running 7.05. Clarke came into the championships with the second quickest time of 6.47secs, but got stuck in the blocks and finished fourth.
According to Clarke’s manager Kris Mychasiw, the sprinter was unable to hear the gun, which affected several other athletes in the other lane.
Americans Justin Gatlin (6.64) and Trell Kimmons (6.70), Jamaica’s Nesta Carter (6.74), Angel Rodríguez (6.64) of Spain, Marc Burns (6.69) of Trinidad and Great Britain’s Dwain Chambers (6.65) all progressed.
Elsewhere, American Ryan Whiting won the men’s Shot Put with a world-leading 22.00m over David Storl (GER, 21.88) and Olympic champ Tomasz Majewski (POL, 21.72).
Sally Pearson was impressive in the women’s 60m hurdles, which saw Americans Kristi Castlin and Vanneisha Ivy both failing to make the semis.
“It is the end of the athletics season in Australia and I am in good shape,” the Australian said.
“A false start? I hesitated but did not stop, it was quite confusing. Are there two guns or is there an echo?
“Despite my hesitation at the start, I still ran an excellent time and the good thing for the semis is that there is more left!
Edwin Cheruiyot Soi, Craig Mottram, Augustine Kiprono Choge, Mohamed Farah and Bernard Lagat all moved into the men’s 3000m final.
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