Two female athletes from Russia will perform on the stage of the Diamond League in Eugene

© RIA Novosti / Anton to Deniability in photobacteria Klishina on the athletics. Archival photoTwo female athletes from Russia will perform on the stage of the Diamond League in Eugene© RIA Novosti / Anton to Danilovmarat the image Bank

The third stage of track and field Diamond League kicks off in the us city of Eugene on Friday. There will be two representatives of Russia: the current world champion in the high jump Maria Laecken (Kuchin) and the not so famous, but no less popular long jumper. Darya Klishina.

Minus Shubenkov

As you know, the all-Russian athletics Federation (vfla) continues to be temporarily deprived of membership in the International Association of athletics federations (IAAF) because of the consequences of a doping scandal. So Russian athletes have no right to participate in international competitions under its flag.

However, more and more athletes from Russia are allowed to participate in tournaments in the neutral status. At the moment, those 12 (including the informant of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Yulia Stepanova). About 100 applications are pending. This week, as expected, the IAAF will decide on half of these applications, and in General wfla hopes for final clarification of the situation on 13 June, when its leadership will meet in Moscow with members of the working group of the IAAF.

Meanwhile, at the international competition serves a limited number of Russian athletes. And on the stage of the Diamond League in Eugene they had to be three. However, before it became clear that the world champion in run on 110 meters hurdles Sergey Shubenkov do not have time for the tournament due to visa issues — the U.S. Embassy kept her passport. So at this point in the current summer season in the asset Russians remains one start on the stage of the Diamond League in Shanghai, where he was fifth with a score of 13 and 35 seconds.

The athlete himself, however, noticed that nothing happened. «I’ll be ready then» he said, referring to the main goal of the season — the August world Championships in London. Pass the same stage in Eugene for the Shubenkov position in the overall standings of the Diamond League is not affected by hurdles at this stage are inscribed in an additional discipline, and points for results in this kind of program is not credited.

In the new season under a new name

Well, at the moment the only current world champion from Russia in the competition in women Maria Laecken all the documents had to issue timely and Oregon came. Interestingly, in the official preview on the website of the Diamond League, her name is missing in the part where the list of favorites of the competition in the high jump for women. Whether the authors of the text, Mary is called, not waiting for, or not identified (with the current summer season, the athlete stands under her husband’s name).

Anyway, Laecken, of course, to win the Eugene claims. In the summer season it is the first start, but with a jump of 2.03 meters she was the leader of the last winter season although only competed in domestic tournaments. The closest competitor to the Russians Lithuanian Irene will Palsite had a winter result of 2.01, and Spaniard Ruth beitia — 1,98. These two jumper and also Camila, Licwinko from Poland and American Shante Lowe will be the main rivals Maria on stage in Eugene.

Competition jumps will take place on Saturday, and on the eve of performances by participating in two made for Friday night events — the javelin and the long jump women. In the last act is another very interested in Russian (and not only) fans of the athlete Darya Klishina. As you know, she got permission to speak at international competitions in summer last year. However, the high results at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro or at the winter European championship in Belgrade, the two main since the start — have failed to show, finishing ninth and fourth places, respectively.

It is worth Recalling that once Klishina flew over the seven meter mark, not once (her personal best of 7.05). However, in recent years, this «Grand master» line of the Russian jumper will not bow. If this does not happen and in Eugene, Daria will be extremely difficult to deal with Americans with Tianna Bartoletta and Brittney Reese are the main contenders for victory in the third stage of the Diamond League.