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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lebedeva Leads Russian Success

APLebedeva during the qualifying round of the triple jump Tuesday in Goteborg.
GOTEBORG, Sweden -- In a great day for Russian athletics, Olympic long-jump champion Tatyana Lebedeva lived up to her reputation as a formidable competitor in the triple jump when a final effort at 15.15 meters gave the 30-year-old Russian a victory over Hrisopiyi Devetzi of Greece.

Lebedeva has won many battles over the years but sounded as excited as a teenager after this one.

"I risked it all on that last jump and it paid off," she said.

Devetzi, who took the silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics ahead of Lebedeva, was leading until the final series following her first effort of 15.05.

Lebedeva temporarily lost second place when another Russian, Anna Pyatykh, went 15.02 in her final attempt. Lebedeva's best until then had been 14.92, but she produced the big final leap to win the title with a meet record.

Last year's winner of the Golden League $1 million jackpot, Lebedeva is the Olympic champion in the long jump.

"It's a very great day for me. It was a great fight with Anna," she said.

Olympic high-jump champion Stefan Holm praised Andrey Silnov after the Russian claimed the European gold, relegating the Swede to third place on Wednesday.

The Swede had hoped to improve on the silver he had achieved in Munich in 2002, but had to settle for third place in front of his home fans.

Silnov, 21, put in a dazzling performance, clearing all the heights up to this year's best of 2.36 meters on his first attempt, setting two personal bests in a row.

"I didn't think he was going to jump that high," Holm told reporters.

"He [Silnov] might have had the night of his life, he might never do 2.32 or 2.34 again. But winning the European championships in 2.36, he made an incredible performance.

"If he stays physically fit, he'll probably be up there competing with the best for maybe the next 10 years."

Silnov went on to attempt clearing 2.41, which would have equaled Igor Paklin's old Soviet record from 1985, but failed.

"This is my best competition for sure, but next time I will clear 2.41," Silnov said with a smile.

Yevgeniya Isakova earned Russia another gold as she upset Olympic champion Fani Halkia of Greece to win the women's 400 hurdles in 53.93 seconds.

Halkia had victory in sight until she lost her stride at the last hurdle and Isakova used the opportunity to power past her. Halkia finished in 54.02 and Tetyana Tereshchuk-Antipova of Ukraine earned the bronze in 54.55.

In the women's 100 meters, Belgian Kim Gevaert led from the gun to cross the line in 11.06 seconds, finishing ahead of the Russian pair of Yekaterina Grigoryeva and Irina Khabarova, who took silver and bronze respectively, both in 11.22 seconds.

A breathtaking 400 meters final ended with Frenchman Marc Raquil producing a fantastic late surge to deny Russian Vladislav Frolov.

(Reuters, AP)