Major start of season for Belarusian team
Belarusian national team sets sights on IAAF World Championship in Moscow
By Kirill Karin
Following the Belarusian Open Championship in Grodno, the coaching staff of the Belarusian national track-and-field team, headed by Alexander Troshchilo, has picked 27 sportsmen to represent Belarus at the 2013 IAAF World Championships, hosted by Moscow in late August.
Pavel Krivitsky, Valery Svyatokho and Yuri Shayunov will represent Belarus in the hammer-throwing event — a traditionally strong discipline for Belarus. Among the female hammer-throwers will be 2008 Olympic champion Oksana Menkova. Pavel Lyzhin will be competing in the shot-put event, as will Alena Dubitskaya, Yelena Kopets and Yulia Leontyuk. Four Belarusians be race walking: Denis Simanovich (20km), Ivan Trotsky (50km), Anna Drabenya (20km) and Anastasia Yatsevich (20km).
Among the Belarusian team’s runners will be Anis Ananenko (800m), Alina Talay (100m hurdles) and Marina Arzamasova (800m). Yulia Yurenya, Anna Reishel (Tashpulatova), Ilona Usovich and Irina Khlyustova will compete in the relay 4x400m.
In the all-round, Belarus will be represented by Andrey Kravchenko (decathlon), alongside Yana Maximova and Yekaterina Netsvetayeva (heptathlon).
Vladimir Kozlov will be competing in the javelin, Olga Sudareva in the women’s long jump and Natalia Vyatkina in the women’s triple jump.
One of Belarus’ best sprinters, Alexander Linnik, failed to qualify for the 2013 IAAF World Championships, due to lack of speed. He won two gold medals at the recent Belarusian Open Championship: in the 110m hurdles and 200m sprint.