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Kotliarova Breaks Long-Standing Record in Women's Indoor 600 Meter Track Tace

Russian runner Olga Kotliarova has broken the long-standing indoor women's 600 meter world record by nearly two seconds, at the Russian Winter IAAF indoor athletics meet in Moscow.

The 27-year-old Kotliarova recorded a time of one minute and 23.44 seconds over the rarely contested distance Sunday That beat the previous record (1:25.46) set by Russian Lyubov Kiryukhina in Moscow in 1987.

Kotliarova, who is a 400 meter specialist, had been out of competition for two years after giving birth to her daughter Tatiana in late 2002.

In another rarely run race, the women's 1,000 meters, Olga Raspopova of Russia clocked a time of two minutes and 34.68 seconds to set a new European record. She shaved 12/100ths of a second off the previous record set by Germany's Brigitte Kraus in Dortmund in 1978.

Two-time triple jump world champion Tatiana Lebedeva of Russia set a new meet record with a leap of 14.97 meters, adding 22 centimeters to the old mark set by Anna Biryukova in 1995.

Vitaly Shkurlatov of Russia won the men's long jump a leap of 8.13 meters. Cuba's Luis Melis came in second (8.10), while his countryman Ivan Pedroso, Olympic and four-time world champion, finished third.

The men's 60 meter race was won by Brazil's Claudio Souza in 6.64 seconds. Gennadiy Chernovol of Kazakhstan was second (6.66), followed by Russia's Alexander Smirnov (6.68).

Some information for this report provided by AP.