Galina Chistyakova of the Soviet Union improved the world record in the women's long jump nearly three inches Saturday, leaping 24 feet, 81/4 inches, the Tass news agency reported.Chistyakova was competing in the Znamensky Brothers track and field meet at Kirov Stadium in Leningrad.

In another notable performance by a Soviet, Alexander Markin equalled the European record in the men's 110-meter high hurdles, clocking 13.20 seconds, the fastest time in the world this year.