Nataliya leaves rivals flabbergasted
A world pentathlon record from an athlete overlooked in the pre-competition buildup and hearing problems for the sprinters dominated the first day of the world indoor athletics championships on Friday.
Briton Jessica Ennis's clash with Tatyana Chernova, the Russian who took her world heptathlon title last year, was expected to provide the highlight of the opening day.
Instead Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska quietly put together a series of impressive performances to set a world record of 5,013 points.
The Ukrainian's gold medal total bettered the 20-year-old world mark of 4,991 set by Russian Irina Belova and provided a timely reminder of her class ahead of the London Olympics.
"I don't like to be a favourite and always when I'm in the shadows that's good for me," Dobrynska said.
Meanwhile, the sprinters were complaining they could not hear the starting gun properly. Others complained of a double sound or an echo that left them uncertain how to respond.
"It sounds like there are two guns going off all the time," Australian Sally Pearson said.