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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Young Russians Run Off With Track Wins

APChizhenko, left, beating Mutola.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Young Russians upstaged some established stars Saturday at the Glasgow indoor athletics meet.

Olympic gold medalists Tonique Williams-Darling, Veronica Campbell and Maria Mutola were all beaten at the meet, which served as preparation for the indoor world championships in Moscow from March 10-12, and the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, from March 15-26.

Williams-Darling, the reigning world and Olympic champion at 400 meters, was nearly three seconds behind Olga Zaytseva over the two-lap indoor version. Campbell, the Olympic 200 champion, was beaten in the 60 sprint by Yulia Tabakova.

And Mutola's goal of winning her sixth world indoor title and third straight Commonwealth gold were hit when she hurt her right calf after finishing second in the 800 to Yulia Chizhenko.

The three Russians all won three days ago at the Russian Winter meet in Moscow, the start of the 2006 indoor season.

Other winners at Kelvin Hall included world champion Kajsa Bergqvist of Sweden in the high jump, Russia's Tatyana Kotova in the long jump and Britain's Jason Gardener in the 60 meters.

Bergqvist won with a jump of 2.01 meters and failed in three attempts at 2.04. Kotova jumped 6.75 in her win, and Gardener clocked 6.59 seconds in his.

The 21-year-old Zaytseva pulled ahead after the first lap to easily win the 400. She finished in 50.62, three days after running 50.15 to win in Moscow, with Williams-Darling second in 53.48.

"I do not want to put a 'bad feeling' onto my season, so I'll just say that I am looking forward to the next big race," said Zaytseva, who won the European under-23 400 title last year.

Tabakova won the 60 in 7.11 after two false starts.

"I am running very well at the moment," Tabakova said. "I have no injuries and am in very, very good shape."

In the 800, Mutola led for three laps before Chizhenko pulled away to win in 2:02.40. Mutola grimaced as she crossed the line and received treatment afterward.

"On the second lap it felt tight like a ball, and at that point I thought about stopping and slowed down," Mutola said. "I hope it's not a big deal and will heal in a couple of days."

Chizhenko's win came three days after she broke the women's European 1,000 record at the Russian Winter meet. "That was OK, but I am really a 1,500 meter runner. So this was a good speed training run for me," Chizhenko said.

Russia broke its world indoor record for the women's 4x400 relay. Yulia Gushchina, who earlier won the 200, Olga Kotlyarova, Zaytseva and Olesya Krasnomovets won $30,000 for clocking 3:23.37.

That beat the 3:23.88 record set by Krasnomovets, Kotlyarova, Tatyana Levina and Natalya Nazarova at the 2004 world indoors in Budapest.