Track Beauty of the Week: Ivana Španović Ивана Шпановић

Ivana Španović Ивана Шпановић is this week’s track beauty!

The Serbian long jumper had a stellar junior career. As a 16-year old at the 2006 Beijing World Junior Championships, Španović finished a respectable 7th, leaping 6.23m.

Photos from b92.net and Life

Two years later, the spunky Serbian wrested the world junior crown in Bydgoszcz – Serbia’s first gold medal in the tournament in 18 years. She registered a winning mark of 6.61m, four centimeters short of her then 6.65m personal best set about a month prior to the championships.

Španović and the rest of Serbia had high hopes coming into the 2009 European Junior Championships held in Novi Sad. The reigning world junior champion and no less than Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина herself engaged in a head-to-head long jump duel, with the Russian emerging the clear victor.

Photo from vesti-online.com

With her Novi Sad rival emerging as the next best long jump talent in 2010, Španović had relatively less success than the high profile Klishina. Nevertheless, Španović leaped to 6.78m in her first year out of the junior ranks.

Article by Joboy Quintos

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