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Track Beauty of the Week: Svetlana Shkolina Светлана Владимировна Школина
February 6, 2012Posted by on
Svetlana Shkolina Светлана Владимировна Школина is this week’s track beauty!
Shkolina belongs to the seemingly endless army of elite Russian high jumpers. The statuesque Russian has had a storied junior career. As a 17-year old, she won her first ever major international medal as she cleared 1.86m to win silver at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke. A year later, Shklolina leaped to a then lifetime’s best of 1.91m in Grosetto to clinch another silver medal, this time at the World Junior Championships. The talented Russian capped her illustrious junior career with the European Junior crown in 2005.
A month before the 2008, Beijing Olympics, Shkolina cleared a new personal best of 1.98m. However, her Olympic debut was relatively disappointing, notching a mark of 1.93m to place 14th in the high jump final. She fought her way to a highly respectable sixth place finish at the Berlin World Championships (1.96m). From 2010 to 2011, the Russian lurked just beyond the podium, as her first ever senior medal remained elusive. Shkolina finished in fourth place at the 2010 World Indoor Championships, 2010 European Championships and the 2011 European Indoor Championships.
Although she reached a new lifetime’s outdoor best of 1.99m in 2011 (she also matched her indoor best of 2.00m in 2011), Shkolina ended up at a distant fifth at the Daegu World Championships (1.97m).
With the likes of Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlasic slugging it out for world dominance, high jumpers like Shkolina have been overshadowed. Nevertheless, the technical events are fertile ground for upsets. Expect the talented Shkolina to make her mark sooner or later.