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Track Beauty of the Week: Ksenija Balta
June 18, 2011Posted by on
Ksenija Balta is this week’s track beauty!
Reflecting the rich multi-events tradition of Estonia, Balta started as a fairly successful heptathlete. As a junior, she scored 5,747 points to clinch the bronze at the 2005 European Junior Championships in front her homecrowd in Kaunas. After 2006, however, Balta specialized in the long jump and the sprints.
Soon enough, she reaped the benefits of specialization. The 25-year old leaped 6.87m to top a quality field at the 2009 European Indoor Championships in Torino.
That same year, she reached the final of the Berlin World Championships. She was a favorite coming into the 2010 Doha World Indoor Championships, but faltered against quality competition, managing a modest fourth place (6.63m), losing on countback to Brazil’s Kellie Costa.
Balta, in light of her heptathlon background, also holds the Estonian 100m and 200m dash records, aside from her long jump national mark (as well as the corresponding indoor equivalent events). In fact, she attempted to double up in Barcelona, but pulled out in the 200m. The 25-year old finished a dismal 16th in long jump qualifying.
A knee injury prior to last March’s European Indoor Championships in Paris sidelined the Estonian. Balta withdrew from the competition, unable to defend her Torino crown.