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Track Beauty of the Week: Galina Chistyakova Галина Валентиновна Чистякова
October 2, 2011Posted by on
Galina Chistyakova Галина Валентиновна Чистякова is this week’s track beauty!
The now retired long jumper from the former Soviet Union owns one of the most impressive records in athletics. Chistyakova leaped to a massive 7.52m in 1988 to set the world leading mark. Amongst the best women long jumpers in history, only Jackie Joyner-Kersee (7.49m) and Heike Dreschler (7.48m) had gone near Chistyakova.
Going over her IAAF biography brings forth gasps of disbelief at her stellar performances. The bio goes as far back as 1984. Until 1990, the Russian had leaped well beyond 7.00m every single year. Her “worst” season during this time span was in 1987, when she managed a relatively humble 7.27m.
To put things into perspective, the 2011 world leader and World Champion, Brittney Reese, has a best leap of 7.19m.
Chistyakova oozed with so much talent that she even managed to notch a rare Long Jump-Triple Jump double at the 1990 European Indoor Championships (she has a PB of 14.76m in the triple jump).
When the Soviet Union broke up in the early 1990’s, Chistyakova shifted allegiance to Slovakia. However, she failed to replicate her old form, as a knee injury kept her pretty much grounded for the remainder of her career.