Tatyana Kotova (RUS) celebrates her 7.00m win in Moscow (AFP / Getty Images) © Copyright
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Kotova hits 7m on first - Moscow

Tatyana Kotova had been waiting for this since Helsinki when the unsung Tianna Madison snatched gold from her grasp in the Finnish rain. This time there was to be no surprise, as the Russian killed the competition off in round one with a world leading 7.00m.

She had qualified with ease with one jump at 6.73 the day before and said. “I usually add around 20cm to my qualification in the finals, so if that happens, it should be OK.” She was as good as her word...

In March 2013, it was announced that Kotova was one of six athletes whose re-tested doping sample from the 2005 World Championships outdoors proved to be positive. She was eventually suspended from 2013 to 2015, with two years of results in 2005 to 2007 also annulled. Tianna Madison (now Bartoletta) therefore was the rightful World Indoor Champion of 2006, from Portugal’s Naide Gomes and Spain’s Concepción Montaner.