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Track Beauty of the Week: Darya Klishina (Дарья Клишина)
July 11, 2010Posted by on
The 19-year old Russian junior long jump record holder is a rising star in one of track’s most exciting events. Klishina set a new Russian U20 record of 7.03m (the 2nd best senior jump in the world this year, behind compatriot Olga Kucherenko’s 7.13m) at the 52nd Brothers Znamensky Memorial meet in Zhukovskiy, Russia three weeks ago. Klishina, the reigning European Junior Champion, placed 5th at the World Indoor Championships in Doha.
Among the all-time junior list, Klishina’s record-breaking leap is behind only the great German long jumper, Heike Dreschler. The stately Russian was a former European junior champion (2009) and World youth champion (2007).
In light of her stellar performance at such a young age, expect Klishina to be a mainstay in major championships of the future.
Klishina is as comfortable in front of the fashion cameras as she is on the track. With her good looks and status as one of the best long jumpers in the world, Klishina is on the fast track to widespread popularity.
In 2011, Darya won her first senior continental title at the European Indoor Championships in Paris. Nursing an ankle injury (which required surgery after the season), Klishina limped into 7th place at the Daegu World Championships. Her best leap was a mere 6.50m – a far cry from her personal best of 7.05m (2011).
With the London Olympics months away, a healthy Darya Klishina is within range to wrest the coveted gold medal from her rivals.
Article by Joboy Quintos