Darya Klishina Leads Russia’s Success at European Team Championship
Russia has gone on to gather several titles at the SPAR European Team Championship. One athlete, who has made stellar contribution to the championship, is Darya Klishina. The 20 year old Russian long jumper landed an impressive 6.74 meters in the second round. This placed her in the first position in the long jump event for women. She bested the 6.73 meters that Carolina Kluft landed despite an injury and a strapped calf. Darya Klishina landed her successful mark within two minutes of fellow Russian Tatyana Dektyareva winning the 100 meter hurdle at the championship.
Darya Klishina’s accomplishment was crucial to forming the basis of Russia’s success at the championship. In an interview, Klishina stated that before the event commenced, she thought that other jumpers would mark big lengths, but not Carolina Kluft. While she initially did not feel inspired, Darya Klishina later went on to feel the heat of the competition. Commenting on the weather in Stockholm, she said that the temperatures were quite low there and that she was glad to be out of the cold.
The year started with Darya Klishina becoming the European Athletics Indoor Champion 2011, when she won the gold medal for the long jump event held in April. This has been a huge victory for the star athlete who started her career at a young age of 13. She jumped 6.80 meters, a distance that according to her was not enough, as she expected more out of herself. Darya Klishina stated that, the win was nevertheless important to her because it was her first success as an adult, at a major championship. She currently holds the junior record in Russia for making 7.03 meters in the long jump event at the Znamensky Memorial meeting, in the Diamond League hosted by Samsung. This has become the second best distance covered all-time in the junior Russian events category.
Her first win at a major event was in the World Youth Championship, which was held in Ostrava, in 2007. In this event, she won the gold for the long jump event. She bagged the first place in the 2009 European Junior Championship, which took place in Novi Sad. Darya Klishina’s best mark in a long distance indoor event was 6.87 meters in 2010, in Moscow. With her successes on the track, Russia hopes that this young athlete will bring home medals from the London Olympic Games of 2012.