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Anna Chicherova


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Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova, born 22 July 1982 in Yerevan, Soviet Armenia, is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalist at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also runner-up at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009. Chicherova won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Chicherova was among the world leading high jumpers for several years until she missed the 2010 season due to pregnancy. After returning in 2011 she established herself as the world leading female high jumper displacing Blanka Vlašić. Her personal best jump and the Russian national record is 2.07 meters, achieved on her 29th birthday at the Russian track and field championships of 2011. Her best indoors was achieved at the Hochsprung mit Musik meeting 2012 in Arnstadt with 2.06 meters. She thereby improved her Russian indoor national record by two centimeters. Chicherova is among the top ten indoor high jumpers of all time both indoor and outdoor. Chicherova is currently in the Russian Army Athletics Club based in Moscow, where she is coached by Yevgeni Zagorulko. She is married to Gennadiy Chernovol. She was absent for the 2010 season due to pregnancy and had her first child, Nika, in September that year.

Anna Chicherova started jumping at the age of 7 under her father, who used to be a professional high jumper himself. Training went smoothly until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992. Chicherova’s family moved to Russia – to a small town, Belaya Kalitva, in the Rostov region. There Chicherova went on jumping under Alexei Bondarenko, as her father had to leave coaching to make a living and became a railway station worker. At 17 Chicherova went to Moscow to enter the Russian Sports Academy. Eventually she had to change coach once more, so she started training with Alexander Fetisov. At first things seemed to turn out well. In 1999 Chicherova won the World Youth Championships, in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with 1.89. In 2000 she finished 4th at the World Junior Championships (1.85) in Santiago, Chile. However, by the end of 2002, her personal best of 1.92 was only 3cm higher than her best jump in 1999.

“I was thinking of giving up,” Chicherova recalled. “Four years of hard work without any progress – what’s the sense in continuing? I decided to go and ask Yevgeny Zagorulko to become my coach. If he had refused, I would have just gone back home and forgotten about the High Jump”.

Zagorulko agreed. Chicherova joined his group in August 2002 and, without any rest after the summer season, started her preparations for the indoors. By the winter she was 6kg lighter and much stronger physically. “I don’t want to compare the level of my two coaches,” Chicherova said.

“You know, every athlete is individual, we may need completely different things. With Zagorulko my training became more systematic. He implements different exercises he has invented himself especially for jumpers. Now I spend much time in the gym lifting weights. These all are the reasons of my progress.”

The progress back in 2003 was indeed tremendous. In just six month Chicherova improved her personal best by 12 cm – from 1.92 to 2.04. On 7 January 2003, at the Christmas Cup in Yekaterinburg, Chicherova jumped a national record 2.04. “This was just an absolute shock for everybody,” she said. “People were saying: “Either we are dreaming or you have done something with yourself. It’s sports, not a fairytale. Zagorulko just made me realise my potential. I at last managed to give everything I could in competition. Probably just that my time had come. After all, I got more mature, got older and stronger – this is also important.”

More about her career at: www.iaaf.org

source: www.wikipedia.org







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