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“Simeon Toribio (1905-1969): A World-Class High Jumper” by Joboy Quintos

It has been eighty-years since Simeon Toribio won the high jump bronze medal from the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Ask any Filipino about Toribio and chances are, you’ll be met with a blank stare. I know for a fact that athletics in the Philippines is nothing more than a fringe sport. The days of Lydia de Vega are long gone. And despite the best efforts of our national athletes, the sport is hard pressed to break into mainstream consciousness.

Perhaps a look back into our storied athletics history could bring back a sense of pride, and lift our collective desensitation from decades of being sporting minnows.

I first read about the exploits of Toribio and Miguel White back in college, through the fine book entitled “Philippine Sporting Greats.” White, winner of the 400m hurdles bronze in Berlin, died during the Japanese invasion at the early stages of the Second World War. The Bohol-born Toribio, fortunately, survived that terrible episode and lived well into his sixties.

Toribio was a renaissance man in every sense of the word. In my readings of Jorge Afable’s “Philippine Sports Greats”, I was amazed at how he balanced a full-time job with a no non-sense athletics training regimen.[1] In his heyday, the tall Toribio reigned supreme in Asian high jumping circles. In a thirteen year period spanning from 1921 to 1934,[2] the Filipino champion won a staggering five gold medals in Far Eastern Games, the precursor to today’s Asian Games.

The Filipino made his Olympic debut in Antwerp back in 1928.[3] Bob King won gold with a superior mark of 1.94m.[4] The next four jumpers, Toribio included, had identical jumps of 1.91m.[5] However, Toribio missed out on the bronze in the ensuing jump-off.[6]

He reached the pinnacle of his career in Los Angeles, where he sailed over 1.97m to win bronze. The 1932 Summer Olympics was the Philippines’ most successful foray into the World’s Greatest Show, with three bronze medals. Teofilo Yldefonso snared his second Olympic third place finish in as many attempts, while boxer Jose Villanueva grabbed the bronze medal in the bantamweight division.

The high jump competition in Los Angeles was a long drawn battle, taking four hours according to Afable. With the top four jumpers all tied with clearances of 1.97m, another jump-off was held to determine the placings.[7] The competitors all failed to clear 2.007m and 1.99m.[8] The gold was awarded to Canada’s Daniel McNaughton, who had a first-time clearance over 1.97m, [9] while Bob Van Osdel of the United States took the silver.

Toribio at the 1936 Los Angeles Olympics. (Photo from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics Program/LA84 Foundation)

Afable wrote about a peculiar competition rule from that era that required athletes to stay at the competition grounds during the entire event, and opined that had Toribio not been burdened by the “call of nature,” he could have cleared 2.007m.[10] Coming into the Games, the Filipino had a personal best of 2.00m set in 1930. Perhaps because of discomfort, the then 26-year old Toribio took three attempts[11] to negotiate 1.94m and 1.97m – heights well within his capabilities.

A helpful Japanese coach lent a blanket for Toribio to cover himself in as he relieved his bladder!

The world record at that time was at 2.03m, with the Olympic record at 1.98m.

McNaughton, Toribio, and Van Osdel. (Photo from the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics Program/LA84 Foundation)

Toribio competed at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, his third Olympiad, but finished outside the medals. During the War, he narrowly escaped arrest by the Kempeitai when a Japanese officer saw one of Toribio’s mementoes from an athletics competition in Japan (If my memory serves me right, it was a memento from the 1923 Far Eastern Games in Osaka. I’d have to verify this by reading “Philippine Sports Greats” again).[12] Since it was the Japanese emperor’s birthday, the Kempeitai officer spared Toribio.[13]

The Filipino high jumper went on to become a congressman in his native Bohol, serving his constituents for 12 years.

Eighty-two years since Simeon Toribio set his 2.00m personal best, the Philippine high jump record has improved by a mere 17cm. Nowadays, it is a rarity to see a Filipino athlete qualify for an outright Olympics slot, much less make it to the top eight. It is sad to note that in local collegiate- and national-level track & field meetings today, a 2.00m clearance is still deemed competitive.

Curing the ills of Philippine athletics will be a hard fought struggle. Let us remember – and honor – our past heroes, and draw inspiration from their world-beating feats.
Results:
Article by Joboy Quintos
References:

  1. Afable, Jorge (1972). “Philippine Sports Greats.”
  2. “Simeon Toribio.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simeon_Toribio. Retrieved 8-19-2012.
  3. Afable 1972.
  4. “Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men’s High Jump.” http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/summer/1932/ATH/mens-high-jump.html. Retrieved 8-19-2012.
  5. “Simeon Toribio.”
  6. “Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men’s High Jump.”
  7. “Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men’s High Jump.”
  8. “Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men’s High Jump.”
  9. “Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men’s High Jump.”
  10. Afable 1972.
  11. “Simeon Toribio.” http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/to/simeon-toribio-1.html. Retrieved 8-19-2012.
  12. Afable 1972.
  13. Afable 1972.
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Track Beauty of the Week: Kajsa Bergqvist

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.

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10-for-10: Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל talks about late starts and breaking records

Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

Frenkel is Israel’s top high jumper. Originally training to be a professional dancer in her teenage days, the Israeli gradually made the big shift to athletics. Her breakout year came in 2010, as she padded her lifetime best by 11 centimeters. En route to rewriting the Israeli national records (1.91m), Danielle also won her first ever national title.

Read: “Track Beauty of the Week – Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל “

Danielle with her 2011 Israeli “Female Athlete of the Year” trophy. (Photo from Assaf Yekuel)

At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Frenkel leaped 1.92m in qualifying, but finished in 12th place at the final. She fared much better at the European Indoor Championships the next year, jumping over 1.94m (new Israeli indoor record) in qualifying. Danielle placed a hard fought fourth (1.92m) in the final.

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A knee injury had temporarily put Frenkel’s high jumping aspirations on hold. After undergoing surgery early in 2012, Danielle is on the fast track to full recovery – and to greater heights.

1.) How did you get started with athletics?

At school, I have always stood out [in] sports. My first high jump competition was in a district meet when I was 14 and [I]won 1st place . My coach today [Anatoliy Shafran] spotted me and told me I am very talented, and with practice I can jump higher. Back then, dancing had a greater appeal to me.

Only 5 years later, a phone call from my coach who offered me to participate in a meet, and the following Israeli championships, where I took 3rd place, made me realize that high jumping is my real passion.

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your athletics career?

The most memorable moment was in Israel’s 2010 championships. When I broke the Israeli record by 3 cm and became the first Israeli woman who ever jumped over 1.90. I felt so good that I finally proved my real potential.

3.) What is your life long dream?

My long dream is to reach my full potential, and I feel I have a long way to go.

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Short shorts for sure.

5.) What is your favorite sports movie?

Berlin 36.

6.) What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

Black eyed-peas : Pump it.

7.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

I traveled for 4 months in central America and saw some amazing places. My answer would be any place, as long as I have my loved ones with me.

8.) What do you do in your free time?

Now I study for law and business degree. But I live very close to the beach. I like to go there and relax with friends.

9.) Name three things you just can’t live without:

My family and my boyfriend, chocolates, and [taking a ]bath.

10.) What advice would you give to the young athletes of today?

Be patient, explore all kinds of sports until you find the one that fits you and you love the most. I was a volleyball player and a ballet dancer. Only at the age of nineteen I realised that high jump is my destiny.

Sources:

Danielle’s Wikipedia profile

IAAF biography

Additional Links:

Danielle’s Facebook Page

All-Athletics Profile

London Olympics Preview: The High Jump

The high jump, as with all technical events, is a tough event to call. In this article, I’ll be doing my utmost best to provide the facts and make a sound judgment on my predictions for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

Photo from Nigel Chadwick

Women’s High Jump

Anna Chicherova Анна Чичерова (2.02m SB, 2012 world leader) is the hands down favorite for the Olympic title. The Russian has figured in the top three of all major championships since 2007, crowning her gradual rise with the world title in Daegu, in an epic duel with archrival Vlašić. The once dominant Croatian has taken a low profile since the 2011 world championships, opting to skip the indoor season.

 

Chicherova (L) and Lowe (R). (Photos from Erik van Leeuwen)

Chaunté Lowe (1.98m SB in 2012), the American record holder and the 2012 World Indoor Champion, has shown fine form this year. So has Svetlana Shkolina (Светлана Школина), who has recently cleared a new outdoor personal best of 2.00m in Eugene. The defending Olympic champion, Tia Hellebaut, has gradually recovered her old winning form since making a comeback from pregnancy and retirement. To date, the Belgian has a season’s best of 1.96m.

    

Hellebaut (L), Di Martino (C), and Friedrich (R). (Photos from Erik van Leeuwen and InsaneDesign)

Chicherova is my pick to win the London Olympic gold medal. She has played bridesmaid for so long. At 29-years old and having played bridesmaid for so long. London should be the Russian’s playground – and the crowning glory of an illustrious career. In the battle for the minor medals, Lowe is ahead of the pack. Hellebaut, should she recover her old form, and the evergreen Antonietta Di Martino have strong chances to land a podium spot – although beating Chicherova and Lowe seem far-fetched.

The in-from Shkolina, a resurgent Emma Green-Tregaro, or the comebacking Ariane Friedrich might spring a surprise.

Vlašić’s recovery from an ankle injury has been hampered by a bacterial infection; hence, she remains “doubtful” for the London games, according to news reports.

The Croatian, with a personal best of 2.08m from 2009, trails only world record holder Stefka Kostadinova in the all-time list. Chicherova is fourth in the list, with her 2.07m clearance in Cheboksary last year. Friedrich, recovering from a torn achilles’ tendon, has a classy personal best of 2.06m from 2009. Lowe (2010) and Hellebaut (2008) have identical best marks of 2.05m. Di Martino has a lifetime’s best of 2.03m (2007).

Top Three Predictions:

Gold: Anna Chicherova

Silver:  Chaunte Lowe

Bronze: Tia Hellebaut/Antonietta Di Martino/Ariane Friedrich

Men’s High Jump

In the past three editions of the World Championships, the women’s high jump top three was spread amongst just four women (Chicherova, Vlasic, Di Martino and Friedrich). Whereas, in the men’s competition, eight different athletes figured in the top ranks (Williams, Dmitrik, Barry, Rybakov, Iaonnou, Spank, and Bednarek). Unlike the women’s event, the battle for men’s gold is wide open.

The United Kingdom’s fast-improving Robert Grabarz is currently in pole position, with his world-leading 2.33m clearance from the Rome Diamond League. The American Ricky Robertson (2.32m) and the surprise 2012 World Indoor Champion, Dimítrios Chondrokoúkis Δημήτρης Χονδροκούκης  (2.32m), round up the next two. The World Champion from Daegu, Jesse Williams, has a season’s best of 2.31m.

 

Williams (L) and Rybakov (R). Photos from Erik van Leeuwen)

To date, the highest ranked Russian is the mercurial Ivan Ukhov (Ива́н У́хов). Expect the other members of the crack Russian high jump corps (Aleksey Dmitrik Алексей Дмитрик, Yaroslav Rybakov Ярослав Рыбаков, Aleksandr Shustov Александр Шустов, and Andrey Silnov Андрей Сильнов) to turn in impressive marks as the their country’s outdoor season unfolds. The Bahamian Trevor Barry, the Bahraini youngster, Mutaz Essa Barshim, and Chondrokoúkis, are also prime contenders for a spot on the podium. Silnov is the defending champion from Beijing.

   

Ukhov (L), Dmitrik (C), and Chondrokoúkis (R). (Photos from Erik van Leeuwen)

In terms of outdoor personal bests, Silnov leads the pack with 2.38m from 2008. Williams is a 2.37m (2011) jumper at his best. Ukhov (2010), Dmitrik (2011), and Shustov (2011) has each sailed above 2.36m.

With such a lineup – and with no hands-down dominant force – selecting a definite top three is terribly difficult.  In light of the depth of talent, anyone could rise to the ocassion and crown himself Olympic champion. Barring any unforseen hitches, Williams, an experienced international campaigner and the reigning world champion, should have a slight advantage over the others.

I’m banking on a narrow Grabarz win over Williams and the rest of the Russians.

Top Three Predictions:

Gold: Robbie Grabarz

Silver:  Jesse Williams

Bronze: The Russians (Ukhov, Dmitrik, Shustov, Andrey Silnov)/Dimítrios Chondrokoúkis

Sources:

2008 Beijing Olympics Results

2011 World Championships Results

2009 World Championships Results

2007 World Championships Results

2012 World Indoor Championships Results

2010 World Indoor Championships Results

IAAF Top List – 2012 Men’s High Jump

IAAF Top List – 2012 Women’s High Jump

Track Beauty of the Week: Svetlana Shkolina Светлана Владимировна Школина

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.

Photo from Wikipedia

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.

Track Beauty of the Week: Zheng Xingjuan 郑幸娟

Zheng Xingjuan 郑幸娟 is this week’s track beauty!

The high jumper is China’s best bet in the exciting exciting event. The statuesque Zheng has a personal best of 1.95m, 2cm from the standing Chinese national record. The Fujian-born athlete first came to international prominence at the 2006 World Junior Championships, where she won the bronze medal in front of her home fans in Beijing.

   

Photos from CCTV.com, idong365.com and sports.qq.com

Zheng was a standout talent as a youngster, setting an impressive personal best of 1.92m when she was barely sixteen years old in 2005. That same year, she competed at the Helsinki World Championships. Zheng placed 10th in qualifying at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She made up for the disappointment a year later by winning the Asian Championships in Guangzhou.

Zheng in action at the Doha World Indoor Championships (Photo from sports.nen.com.cn)

The Chinese has had an outstanding 2011 season, as she equaled her 2009 best of 1.95m early in the year. More importantly, Zheng qualified for her first ever major championship final in the seniors, as she finished in a hard fought sixth place at the Daegu World Championships.

Track Beauty of the Week: Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова

Anna Chicherova Анна Владимировна Чичерова is this week’s track beauty!

Chicherova is amongst the very best of Russia’s impressive array of high jumpers. She first came into international prominence in 2003, when she first cleared 2.00m in Moscow, seven days shy of her twenty-first birthday. Two days after turning twenty-one, the talented Russian again sailed over 2.00m, in a strong gesture that the first instance wasn’t a fluke!

   

Photos from Sporting Heroes and Peoples.ru

The Russian missed out on a first-ever major international medal at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, where she placed fourth. After a forgettable 2006 season, Chicherova has been on a steady climb to the top echelons of the discipline since winning double World Championship silver medals (Osaka and Berlin) and an Olympic bronze medal in Beijing.

Chicherova missed the 2010 season following the birth of her first child. She came back with a bang in 2011, despite juggling her commitments on the track and raising a newborn daughter.

Read: “Russia’s Anna Chicherova gives Chaunté Lowe a lesson to ponder”

At the Russian Championships this year, Chicherova sent a strong message to defending World Champion Blanka Vlasic as the former notched an impressive personal best of 2.07m (ninth in the all-time list). The Russian, with her remarkable post-maternal comeback is now the fourth-best high jumper of all-time.

With Vlasic seemingly in a slump (she has a 2011 season’s best of 2.00m, relatively low by her standards), Chicherova has a golden opportunity in Daegu to finally snag that elusive crown.

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.

Photo from Runnerspace

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!

Additional link:

WSU profile

Track Beauty of the Week: Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch

Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch is this week’s track beauty!

The 20-year old Jungfleisch was the youngest member in the German contingent sent to the 2011 European Indoor Championships. With Ariane Friedrich absent due to an Achilles injury, it was up to the youngster to carry the cudgels for her country in the high jump. She finished 12th in qualifying, notching a 1.89m mark.

Read: “A Future World Beater”

Photos from Leichtathletik.de, Lkz.de, Zimbio/Getty Images and Lukk2008’s Flickr

Jungfleisch has had a stellar 2011 season. Pitted against a crack lineup of veteran high jumpers, young German ably put on a firm challenge. She leaped a new absolute personal best of 1.92m, finishing behind the Russian duo of Svetlana Shkolin Светлана Владимировна Школина and Irina Gordoyeva Ирина Гордеева.

Jungfleisch was born in Paris to a father from Martinique. Hence, the 2011 European Indoor Championships was a homecoming of sorts for promising German talent.

The 20-year old had won the 2008 and 2009 German Youth titles, as well as the 2011 German indoor senior title. Expect Jungfleisch to do better in the coming years.

Sources:

Jungfleisch’s Leichtathletik.de profile

IAAF Biography

Track Beauty of the Week: Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל

Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל is this week’s Track Beauty!

The Israeli high jumper’s first love is dancing. But to her coach, her talent in athletics had always beckoned. According to an EAA article, Frenkel was “on the verge of becoming a professional dancer” five years ago. Anatoliy Shafran, Frenkel’s trainer, convinced her to give the sport a second try. Frenkel, with her solid dancing background, reminds me of another dancing high jumper – Blanka Vlasic!

Photos from nrg.co.il and haaretz.com

The Israeli’s improvement started gradually at first, with Frenkel clearing 1.69m and 1.75m in 2007 and 2008. During the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Frenkel set a new national record, clearing 1.92m in qualifying.

However, pressure hindered Frenkel from replicating her stellar form in the final. As a result, she finished a dismal 12th, with her 1.85m mark.

The 23-year old made amends at the European Indoor Championships in Paris, narrowly missing an historic medal for Israel. Nevertheless, she went over 1.92m in her first attempt, before leaping over 1.94m to clinch fourth place. Frenkel could not sustain her fine form in the rest of the 2011 season. She could only muster clearances of 1.75m and 1.85m at the Universiade and the World Championships, respectively.

Photos from Danielle Frenkel’s Facebook page

Frenkel, unfortunately, succumbed to a knee injury. She went under the knife to repair a torn ligament at the start of 2012. With her reputation on the rise after respectable performances in 2010 and 2011, the talented Israeli is certainly bound for bigger things, as soon as she fully recovers ftom injury.

Source:

EAA

Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина rules Russian Winter Long Jump

Our favorite long jumper, Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина, started the 2011 with a bang. The comely Klishina ruled the recently concluded Russian Winter indoor meeting.

Read Track Beauty of the Week: Darya Klishina

View Darya’s post-competition interview, Yelena Isinbayeva’s comeback vault and Ukhov’s winning jump here

This early, Klishina looks sharp. Her first round effort of 6.82m sealed victory early on. Her subsequent marks were 6.53m, 6.77m and 6.76m. Two of the aforesaid leaps were better than  second-placer Anna Nazarova’s Анна Назарова 6.75m.

Read the EAA article on the Russian Winter competition

Here’s to a successful 2011 season, Darya!

Track Beauty of the Week: Svetlana Radzivil Светлана Радзивил

Svetlana Radzivil Светлана Радзивил is this week’s track beauty!

The 23-year old is a former World Junior Champion, winning the U-20 crown in 2006 with a 1.91m clearance. The lanky 6’0 Uzbekistani athlete placed 18th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, failing to match or at least go near her 1.98m Asian senior record (a mark which she shares with two other women).

Photos from Zimbio/Getty Images and India Times

Radzivil’s first major international victory came at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. The Uzbek bested compatriot Nadiya Dusonova (1.93m). Dusonova is the joint holder of the Asian record.

Photos from Asian Athletics, Daylife, and uza.uz

The Uzbek jumped 1.95m – a season’s best – to claim first place. Aside from her Asian Games gold, Radzivil got 3rd place at the same Aoti Stadium during the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships.

Photo from Zimbio/Getty Images

The high jumper reached a new milestone in her senior career in 2011. Radzivil qualified for the high jump final in Daegu, placing 8th place overall with a best leap of 1.93m. The Uzbek has recently set a new indoor personal best of 1.95m at the ongoing World Indoor Championships in Istanbul.

Blanka Vlašić at the IAAF World Gala

Ace high jumper Blanka Vlašić is at her prettiest in the photo below:

Photo from Zimbio and Getty Images

The Croatian is with 800m world record holder David Rudisha (2L), IAAF President Lamine Diack  (L) and Monaco’s Prince Albert II (R) at the IAAF World Gala. Vlasic and Rudisha are this years’ Athletes of the Year awardees.

Read the IAAF write-up here

Read “Brava, Blanka!”

Video credit:

outdoorsportchannel

Emma Green från Sydafrika!

Here’s a clip of my favorite high jumper, Emma Green, training in South Africa.

Video credit:

samsungeg

Track Beauty of the Week: Emma Green-Tregaro

Emma Green-Tregaro is this week’s track beauty!

During the heyday of the big five of Swedish athletics (Carolina Kluft, Kajsa Bergqvist, Stefan Holm, Christian Olsson and Susanna Kallur), the young Emma Green had already made her mark on the world stage.

As a 21-year old, Green grabbed bronze behind Berqvist’s gold at the rain-soaked 2005 Helsinki World Championships, where the former cleared 1.96m.

 

Photos from IAAF, Wikipedia and Digitalextreme.de

Green won Sweden’s only medal at the 2010 Barcelona European Championships, jumping to a new personal best of 2.01m, behind Blanka Vlasic. With her entry into the 2.00 meter club, the unassuming lass has bolstered her status into the high jump elite – and as the small, but athletically-astute Scandinavian country’s ace track & field talent.

Photo from IAAF

Green-Tregaro has had a consistent 2011 season. Despite inclement weather, she took the scalp of Vlasic at the New York Diamond League. A few days later, she wowed the Swedish crowd at the historic Ullevi Stadium at the SPAR European Team Championships.

The Swede has tremendous athletics talent. Through the years, she has won national titles in the sprints (100m, 200m) and the horizontal jumps (triple jump and long jump) as well.

Article by Joboy Quintos

Additional links:

IAAF article

Emma Green official site

Wiki

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