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Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Answers the 10-for-10 Quiz

The top-notch Russian long jumper, Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Витальевна Пидлужная, answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

The Russians, since the days of the former Soviet Union, have always produced top caliber jumpers. Yuliya is amongst the new generation of the Russian jumping tradition. The graceful athlete has personal bests of 6.84m outdoors and 6.75m indoors.

Read: “Track Beauty of the Week: Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Витальевна Пидлужная”

Pidluzhnaya at European Indoors (Photo from Yuliya)

She has reached the podium of several major international events, most notably at the fiercely fought 2011 European Indoor Championships long jump final, where she leaped to 6.75m and won the bronze medal behind compatriot Darya Klishina and Portugal’s Naide Gomes. At the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, Yuliya’s best mark of 6.56m brought home the silver medal.

From 2009 to 2010, Yuliya improved her jumping by an impressive 0.33m. Pidluzhnaya has been ranked as a top tier long jumper ever since.

1.) How did you get started with athletics?

[I] started to be engaged with school [-based athletics at] age 14 years.

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

I remember [very well] the first time [I competed at a major international championship] of the world. [The experience] [have] not [been] forgotten.

Yuliya with her Universiade silver (Photo from vestnik-lesnoy.ru)

3.) What is your life long dream?

In life I dream of the family.

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What’s your favorite outfit?

Most of all I like to wear dresses since they I emphasize character of the girl.

5.) What is your favorite sports movie?

The favorite sports film isn’t present. [I don’t have a favorite]

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

I listen to various music, everything depends with all the heart.

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

I would like to be on the island of Cyprus.

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

[I don’t have] enough free time, but I like  to be photographed and go [to a trip] by the car.

Yuliya has both amazing leaping ability and great fashion sense. (Photo from Yuliya)

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

High heels, the car, sports shoes.

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

To work and be able to wait, love the business.

Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина beats Klüft at the SPAR Euro Team Champs Long Jump

The reigning European indoor champion, Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина of Russia, prevailed over an in-form Carolina Klüft at the 2011 SPAR European Team Championships. Klüft threw the gauntlet early on, leaping to 6.73m in the first round – the best jump of the heptathlon great in years. The young Klishina ably responded with 6.74m in her second attempt.

The conditions weren’t apt for high quality jumping. Klishina managed only 6.40m and 6.57m, fouling her fourth and final attempt. Kluft, the hometown hero, got the red flag on two of her attempts.

View Carolina’s jumps from the Carolina Kluft Fan Page site


Photos from the EAA

With the rainy and windy conditions atrocious for the field events, Darya struggled in her next few attempts. Klüft held on to second place whilst Éloyse Lesueur (6.60m) and a struggling Naide Gomes (6.58m) held on for third and fourth, respectively.

Kluft’s and Klishina’s last jumps are featured on latter parts of the clip above.

Additional links:

View the EAA article here

Long jump results

Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина leaps 6.80m, wins European Indoor Long Jump gold

The talented Darya Klishina Дарья Клишина won her first senior crown at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Paris. The Russian junior record holder came from behind to nip Portugal’s Naide Gomes, the reigning European outdoor champion.

Read Track Beauty of the Week: Darya Klishina

Photos from EAA and RusAthletics.com

The popular Russian opened with a relatively modest 6.61m. By the third round, Gomes (6.79m) and the exuberant Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Пидлужная (6.74m) was at the top of the long jump perch. Klishina was a mere centimeter behind her compatriot, Pidluzhnaya, at 6.73m. In the fifth round, Klishina flew to 6.80m, bettering Gomes’ mark by the infinitesimal of margins.

Read the RusAthletics article here

Gomes, Klishina and Pidluzhnaya (Photo from RusAthletics.com)

With Gomes and Pidluzhnaya notching fouls in their respective final leaps, the standings became final as the formidable Russian duo notched a 1-3 finish.

Darya Klishina (Дарья Клишина) wins in Stockholm Diamond League

Our favorite long-legged Russian long jumper, Darya Klishina makes up for her European Championships absence by unexpectedly winning the Stockholm Diamond League. The 19-year old Russian leaped to 6.78m, beating the Doha World Indoor Champion, Brittney Reese.

Watch Klishina’s winning jump from Universal Sports

Additional links:

CNN article

Stockholm Diamond League results

Photo credits:

Yahoo News

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