Krivoshapka clocks women's 400m season's best
Antonina Krivoshapka of Moscow won the Russian women's 400m title at the national athletics championships at Cheboksary in the Volga region on Thursday.
The 24-year-old clocked the season's best time of 49.16sec to finish just 0.12sec ahead of the second-placed Yulia Gushchina.
"I was hoping to perform a top-class result as I felt myself ready for it. I worked really hard to gain today's form," Krivoshapka said.
"My coach told me I was ready to run really fast and I believe my coach 100 percent. It was pretty hard in the final metres but I managed to hold out and win."
Maxim Dyldin of the Perm region won the men's 400m in 45.01sec to clinch an Olympic berth together with the second-placed Pavel Trenikhin, who clocked 45.24.
Daria Pishchalnikova also posted the season's best of 70.69m in the women's discus with a throw six metres longer than Vera Ganeyeva, who grabbed silver.
"It's my second personal best result in the last month," Pishchalnikova said.
"I'm pleased that it's also the season's best mark, while my coaches told me they were both happy with the technical aspect of my today's performance."
Ivan Ukhov won the men's high jump clinching an Olympic berth as he cleared a season's best result of 2.39m, with Beijing Olympic champion Andrei Silnov (2.37) in second.
Reigning world champion Tatiana Lysenko, who has already gained a place in the Russian Olympic squad, won the women's hammer title with a new Russian record of 78.51m in another season's best mark.
Gulfia Khanafeyeva (76.04) was second.
Kirill Ikonnikov won his second consecutive Russian title in the men's hammer with 80.71m, more than two metres longer than second-placed Igor Vinnichenko.
Lyukman Adams won the men's triple jump to clinch an Olympic berth in 17.06m.