Track Beauty of the Week: Maris Mägi

Maris Mägi is this week’s track beauty!

The 23-year old Estonian sprinter has a personal best of 52.21s in the 400m dash. Mägi set the mark in Australia, en route to winning the 2011 Sydney Track Classic. She outclassed local bet Tamsyn Lewis, the 2008 World Indoor Champion in the 800m, by five-hundredths of a second.

   

 

Photos from sportcrazephotos, Zimbio/Getty Images, sport.etv.ee and epl.ee

The Estonian quarter-miler churned out a gutsy final stretch. As the sprinters came out of the last bend, Mägi actually placed 3rd, with the American Monica Hargrove leading the pack. Mägi clung on to the lead against a fast-finishing Lewis, shaving off a massive 0.51s from her erstwhile personal best of 52.72s set in 2008.

The Estonian has had some pretty exciting duels with Lewis in the Australian Athletics Tour. At the finals held in Perth, Mägi stopped the clock at 52.90s, beating the veteran Aussie yet again.

Mägi has had modest successes in major international meets. As a junior, she once reached the semifinal of the World Junior Championships in Beijing, ending up fifth in her heat at the 400m dash. She replicated this feat at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, but failed to progress beyond the semifinals.

Article by Joboy Quintos

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