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Category Archives: Track Beauty
February 2, 2013Posted by on
Denise Groot is this week’s Track Beauty!
Groot is a pole vaulter from the Netherlands. Coached by George Friant and 2005 World Champion Rens Blom, Denise has been a consistent 4.00m vaulter since 2007. Groot had a sterling career in age-group competition. While still only a youth athlete, Denise won a silver medal in the Dutch National Championships in 2007, clearing a height of 3.61m. She followed this up with another silver medal, soaring over 3.90m in the European Youth Olympic Festival the same year.
Article by Joboy Quintos
January 26, 2013Posted by on
Molly Beckwith is this week’s Track Beauty!
The United States is not just the world’s last remaining superpower, it is also the world’s foremost athletics nation. A strong testament to this lofty standing is the American resurgence in middle- and long-distance running – events that have been dominated for so long by East and Northern Africans and the occasional Russian talent.
Article by Joboy Quintos
January 5, 2013Posted by on
Zuzana Hejnová is this week’s Track Beauty!
The Czech 400m hurdles specialist has made significant impact in her event the past two years. Coming into the 2011 season, Zuzana had a personal best of 54.13s and a fourth-place finish at the 2010 Barcelona European Championships to her credit. Towards the end of the year, the Czech had lowered her personal record by almost 1 second to 53.29s. More importantly, she gained valuable experience as she crossed the line in a competitive 7th place at the Daegu World Championships.
December 29, 2012Posted by on
Melissa Breen is this week’s Track Beauty!
The 22-year old is a top-ranked Australian elite sprinter. Breen had won national titles in both the 100m and the 200m since 2009. To date, her major championship curriculum vitae include stints at the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships, and most recently, the 2012 London Olympic Games.
December 23, 2012Posted by on
Vira Rebryk is this week’s Track Beauty!
The 23-year old Ukrainian is the reigning World Junior record holder for the javelin throw. She set the U20 standard of 63.01m at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz back in 2008. Naturally, her track record as an age-group athlete was immaculate, having won World Youth and World Junior silvers and the European Junior title on top of her World Junior gold medal.
December 16, 2012Posted by on
Elizaveta Savlinis Елизавета Савлинис is this week’s Track Beauty!
Savlinis specializes in the 200m dash. Her breakout year in the half-lap came in 2012, when she went under the 23-second barrier for the first time in her career. Elizaveta has a personal best of 22.62s, which she set in 2011 and 2012.
December 11, 2012Posted by on
Marika Popowicz is this week’s Track Beauty!
Popowicz is a Polish sprinter who specializes in the 100m and 200m. Marika has a personal best of 11.38s and 23.15s in the aforesaid events, set during her breakout season in 2009.The young Polish speedster racked brought home multiple individual medals as well as a relay medal from the World Military Games and the World University Games.
December 3, 2012Posted by on
Tiffany Porter is this week’s Track Beauty!
Porter is an American-born sprint hurdler who competes for Great Britain. Before carrying Team GB’s colors, Tiffany had won bronze for her country of birth at the 2006 World Junior Championships. She started representing her mother’s country in 2011, to some degree of controversy.
November 30, 2012Posted by on
Olha Saladukha Ольга Саладуха is this week’s Track Beauty!
Saladukha is one of the world’s best triple jumpers. her first high caliber competition in the triple jump came in 1999, during the World Youth Championships, where Olha finished in 9th place with a 12.76m best mark.  She fared much better in the World Juniors three years later, improving four places to 5th in the final.
November 18, 2012Posted by on
Linda Züblin is this week’s Track Beauty!
Züblin has been Switzerland’s best multi-eventer the past few years. She has a personal best of 6,018 points, around 200 points short of Corinne Schneider’s 27-year old Swiss record. Linda particularly excels in the hurdles, long jump and the javelin, having best marks of 13.55s, 6.24m and 53.01m, respectively.
November 11, 2012Posted by on
Ingvill Måkestad Bovim is this week’s Track Beauty!
Måkestad Bovim is Norway’s best middle distance runner. She holds the Norwegian records in both the 800m (1:59.82, 2010) and the rarely run 1000m (2:36.7, 2011).  Ingvill’s 1500m run personal best is 4:02.20, only two seconds from the legendary Grete Waitz’s national record. As a junior, she specialized in the two-lap event before shifting to the longer distance as she grew older.
November 3, 2012Posted by on
Ayako Kimura 木村 文子 is this week’s Track Beauty!
Kimura is an elite-level Japanese hurdler. She has a personal best of 13.04s in the 100m hurdles, set in April 2012. Ayako was just four-hundredths of a second from Yvonne Kanazawa’s 金沢 イボンヌ 12-year old national senior record and one-hundredth of a second faster than Asuka Terada’s 寺田 明日香 career best performance in 2009.
November 1, 2012Posted by on
Kajsa Bergqvist is this week’s Track Beauty!
The retired Swedish high jumper is an athletics legend. Throughout her illustrious career, Kajsa had won gold medals in the European Indoors, European Championships, World Indoors, and the World Championships. Only the Olympic title was missing from her medal cabinet. All in all, Bergqvist had won a total of five golds, one silver, and four bronzes from the various major championships of the sport.
October 24, 2012Posted by on
Yuliya Gushchina Ю́лия Гу́щина is this week’s Track Beauty!
The sprinter has been a fixture in Russia’s crack relay squads for the past years. As a junior, Gushchina won a hard fought 4x400m relay bronze at the World Junior Championships in Kingston. The Russian women, a proven power in the long relays, followed this up with European Junior title the next year. Ever since 2005, Yuliya has been part of almost all of Russia’s major senior championship relay teams.
October 14, 2012Posted by on
Brigitte Foster-Hylton is this week’s Track Beauty!
In the run-up to the London Olympic Games, Foster-Hylton was having a stellar string of performances. Her 12.51s clocking in Kingston (5/5/2012) was inferior only to Sally Pearson’s 12.40, 12.49s, and 12.49s in the season top list. At 37-years of age, with a complete collection of World Championship medals in her curriculum vitae, London was Foster-Hylton’s last shot at Olympic glory.