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Track Beauty of the Week: Anna Yaroshchuk (Hanna Yaroshchuk Ханна Ярощук)
December 31, 2011Posted by on
Anna Yaroshchuk (Hanna Yaroshchuk Ханна Ярощук) is this week’s track beauty!
The Ukrainian is a rising star in intermediate hurdling. Yaroshchuk had a breakout year in 2011, as she bagged the European U23 title in Ostrava and the World University Games gold in Shenzen. The lanky hurdler ran a lifetime’s best of 54.77s in Ostrava, to deny compatriot Hanna Tittemet the gold.
At the Daegu World Championships, the in-form hurdler made it as far as the semifinals, stopping the clock at 55.09s.
Interestingly, the Ukrainian started off as a half-lap sprinter, before making the big switch to the intermediate hurdles just in time for the 2008 World Junior Championships, where Yaroshchuk placed a competitive 6th (58.43s) in the finals.
Yaroshchuk has improved by leaps and bounds in the past three years since her 58.00s personal best in Bydgoszcz. Should she maintain her momentum and keep injury free, a finals appearance – or even a podium finish – is probable.