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Track Beauty of the Week: Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova Настасся Мірончык-Іванова
September 10, 2011Posted by on
Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova Настасся Мірончык-Іванова is this week’s track beauty!
The Belorussian long jumper had a stellar junior career. As a youngster, she won a silver medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships. A year later at the 2009 European U23 Championships, she bettered her modest 6.46m winning mark at the junior champs by leaping 6.76m, good enough for another silver medal.
Leaping in the high six meters brought Mironchyk-Ivanova within the cusp of landing her first major international podium finish. However, she finished a disappointing 11th place at the Berlin World Championships. Although she qualified for the finals of the 2010 European Championships and the 2011 European Indoor Championships, she could only manage a modest sixth place in both continental competitions.
The Belorussian attracted attention at the recently concluded Daegu World Championships. Clips and photos apparently show Mironchyk-Ivanova’s long ponytail catching the sand in one of her attempts. According to athletics rules, the measurement ends at the body part closest to the takeoff board. Mironchyk-Ivanova’s hair cost her a medal!
The world-leading American Brittney Reese eventually won the competition, thanks to her 6.82m leap. If Mironchyk-Ivanova had tied her hair into a bun (or chose a less elongated style), she could have won a medal, or even the title.
Nevertheless, this could only strengthen the Belorussian resolve. After all, London 2012 is just a hair’s breadth away!