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Godspeed, Darya!

Russia and the former Soviet Union has a storied history in women’s long jumping. The 7.52m world record of Galina Chistayakova Галина Чистякова still stands. Tatyana Kotova Татьяна Котова, and Tatyana Lebedeva Татьяна Лебедева occupy prominent positions in the all-time list. Out of the nine Olympic medals at stake the last three Olympic Games, Russian women had won a staggering five. The troika of  Lebedeva, Irina Meleshina, and Kotova even made a clean sweep of the podium at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

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Track Beauty of the Week: Galina Chistyakova Галина Валентиновна Чистякова

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.

Game face on! (Photo from Life)

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).

Photo from fanbase.com

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.

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