Track Beauty of the Week: Giorgia Benecchi
April 8, 2012
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Giorgia Benecchi is this week’s track beauty!
Like the great Yelena Isinbayeva and many other female pole vaulters, Benecchi, traces her roots from gymnastics. The Italian shifted to athletics in 2005, taking up a multitude of events – from the long jump to the 400m dash. Unsurprisingly, her talents gravitated to the pole vault, the most demanding event in athletics.
Photos from Sportsevents4all’s Flickr account and cusparma.it
Her first valid mark as a greenhorn vaulter was a modest 2.80m, eventually notching 3.10m the same year. Two years later, Benecchi was jumping 3.60m as her technique improved. In 2009, she went over the 4.00m mark for the first time, eventually clearing a new personal best of 4.36m in 2010 – an Italian U23 record.
Benecci competed at the 2008 World Junior Championships, finishing 8th in qualifying. She also competed at the European Indoor Championships and the European U23 Championships in 2011,failing to progress to final. Nevertheless, her talent remains evident – her improvement, gradual. Benecchi’s future, should she remain healthy, injury-free and focused, holds much promise.