There was great disappointment for Darya as she placed fifth in the Russian Championships and failed to make the team for London 2012. While she was widely expected to qualify comfortably, it seems that things just didn’t click for Darya on the day. She jumped 6.81 metres below her personal best of 7.05 metres to miss out on her Olympic Dream.
Darya had trouble jumping from the Launch-board all through the championships. With the start point for her jumps being well in front of the board, this cost her valuable distance on her jumps. Darya said:
“I felt like my head and my legs existed separately from each other and I was so nervous that I could not relax and perform my best jump.”
World Championship silver medalist Olga Kucharenko also missed out on Olympic qualification by jumping the same 6.81 metre distance as Darya. Both women still held out hope that Russian Valentin Maslakov would hand either of them a place in the team at the expense of one of the other jumpers. Maslakov said:
“We had arguments. For example, it was suggested to take Darya Klishina to the Olympic long jump in place of bronze medalist Ludmila Kolchanova. But I stick to the sporting principle. That’s why the strongest three will travel to the Olympics.”
Darya will now be working hard to put this latest disappointment behind her as she returns to training. She recently tweeted:
“My dear friends, I am watching Olympics, my heart is aching and I wish I was there! I did my best to be selected but unfortunately I did not make it! But life goes on and I will work to keep improving. I am still young. Thanks for your support and warm wishes!!!”
And so, we will update you on Darya’s exploits in up and coming events as she seeks to atone for her Olympic disappointment and starts to fulfil her obvious potential as a World class long jumper.