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Track Beauty of the Week: Anna Bogdanova Анна Богданова
November 7, 2011Posted by on
Anna Bogdanova Анна Богданова is this week’s track beauty!
The Russian’s parents were world-class Olympic swimmers back in the day. Bogdanova, however, was frail and sickly as a child, according to an IAAF feature. Hence, she did not follow her parents’ footsteps towards pool glory. Moving to the Russian resort town of Sochi from frigid St. Petersburg proved pivotal, as the young Bogdanova was exposed to athletics for the first time.
Despite displaying talent in the multi-events, the Russian became frustrated with the sport, failing to barge into the highly competitive national team. She came back to athletics months later, thanks to the proddings of her coach. After placing 13th in her first ever international competition, the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham. Taking full advantage of her new found vigor, Bogdanova qualified to the Osaka World Championships the same year, finishing 10th in the heptathlon despite the humid conditions.
A year later at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Bogdanova won her first ever major international medal, a pentathlon bronze. At the Beijing Olympics the same year, the Russian scored a personal best of 6,465 points to rank a respectable sixth place. In 2009, Bogdanova wrested the European Indoor Pentathlon title.