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Track Beauty of the Week: Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова
August 14, 2011Posted by on
Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова is this week’s track beauty!
Chicherova is amongst the very best of Russia’s impressive array of high jumpers. She first came into international prominence in 2003, when she first cleared 2.00m in Moscow, seven days shy of her twenty-first birthday. Two days after turning twenty-one, the talented Russian again sailed over 2.00m, in a strong gesture that the first instance wasn’t a fluke!
The Russian missed out on a first-ever major international medal at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, where she placed fourth. After a forgettable 2006 season, Chicherova has been on a steady climb to the top echelons of the discipline since winning double World Championship silver medals (Osaka and Berlin) and an Olympic bronze medal in Beijing.
Chicherova missed the 2010 season following the birth of her first child. She came back with a bang in 2011, despite juggling her commitments on the track and raising a newborn daughter.
At the Russian Championships this year, Chicherova sent a strong message to defending World Champion Blanka Vlasic as the former notched an impressive personal best of 2.07m (ninth in the all-time list). The Russian, with her remarkable post-maternal comeback is now the fourth-best high jumper of all-time.
With Vlasic seemingly in a slump (she has a 2011 season’s best of 2.00m, relatively low by her standards), Chicherova has a golden opportunity in Daegu to finally snag that elusive crown.