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Istanbul 2012: Top Seven Performances

Amongst the major international athletics championships, the World Indoors is the most underrated. Big name stars like Usain Bolt usually opt out of the biennial meet, especially in crucial Olympic years. Indoor athletics has a far smaller reach than its outdoor counterpart, with the smaller venues usually found in the frigid countries of the northern hemisphere.

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Nevertheless, it has that obscure charm. When I first saw the start lists of some events, I thought that the rest of the non-European, non-American world was underrepresented. I thought wrong. As soon as the 60m dash heats came out, a cacophony of athletes from small countries – from Mongolia in the Gobi desert to Fiji in the Pacific – competed amongst their more illustrious counterparts.

Even if I had to rely on live streaming links and my less-than-perfect internet connection to watch the World Indoors, I must say that I had a grand time. Despite the absence of most of the track & field titans, the festivities were certainly not devoid of memorable athletics moments. The three-day event has seen former World Indoor champions like Elena Isinbayeva Елена Гаджиевна Исинбаева, Justin Gatlin, and Valerie Adams re-emerge on the big stage, whilst playing host to bevy of promising talent.

One Gold, Three Silvers (Photo from Zimbio/Getty Images)

The women high jumpers deserve special mention too, as the troika of Antonietta Di Martino, Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова, and Ebba Jungmark shared a the second spot on the podium, behind the champion, the come-backing Chaunté Lowe (1.98m). The three athletes had equally identical sheets, with each clearing 1.95m.

The United States topped the overall standings with a staggering 18 medals, 10 of which were gold. Great Britain had 9, while African distance powerhouses Ethiopia and Kenya won 5 and 4, respectively.

The following list enumerates my favorite performances from Istanbul (aside from the 60m hurdles, of course!):

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Track Beauty of the Week: Ebba Jungmark

Ebba Jungmark is this week’s track beauty!

Jungmark is next in line to the long list of excellent Swedish high jumpers. The twenty-four year old won her first major international medal at the European Indoor Championships in Paris early this year.

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The young Swede set a new indoor personal best of 1.96m en route to her podium finish. Jungmark performed superbly despite the absence of her more illustrious compatriot Emma Green-Tregaro.

The Onsala-born athlete has won numerous Swedish titles as youth and junior athlete. Jungmark went to the United States for her college education. She made her mark across the pond, winning the 2008 NCAA Division I Indoor high jump title, a year after competing at the 2007 Osaka World Championships.

At the Istanbul World Indoor Championships, Jungmark – together win Russia’s Anna Chicherova  and Italy’s Antonietta Di Martino – all shared a spot on the coveted podium. All three athletes had equally identical scorecards, with each clearing a best height of 1.95m and having three failures at 1.98m. The comebacking Chaunté Lowe won the event with a 1.98m clearance.

Now that was a win-win situation!

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