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Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982 in YerevanUSSR) is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalistat the 2012 London Olympics and 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, and bronze medalist in 2013.

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Biography[edit]Edit

Born in Yerevan, her family settled in Belaya Kalitva, Russia at the end of Soviet Union. She has announced that she will retire after the World Championships in Moscow, after 14 years at the top. After her second world silver in 2009, Chicherova already announced her retirement, but after giving birth in 2010, she made her come back in 2011.

In 1999, she won her first major title when she was only 16, with the world youth championships in Bydgoszcz. 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 displacingBlanka Vlašić. Her personal best jump and the Russian national record is 2.07 metres, 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 m. She thereby improved her Russian indoor national record by two centimeters. Chicherova is among the top ten high jumpers of all time both indoor and outdoor.[2][3]

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.[4]

With her victories in Daegu and London, Chicherova became only the third female high jumper in history (after Stefka Kostadinova & Heike Henkel) to win at both the Olympic Games and the World Championships.

Achievements[edit]Edit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 1.89
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 4th 1.85
2001 European Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 1.90
Universiade Beijing, China 8th 1.85
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 3rd 1.99 (xo)
World Championships Paris, France 6th 1.95
Military World Games Catania, Italy 1st 1.89
2004 World Indoor Championships BudapestHungary 2nd 2.00 (xo)
Olympic Games AthensGreece 6th 1.96
World Athletics Final Monte CarloMonaco 7th 1.92
2005 European Indoor Championships MadridSpain 1st 2.01 (xxo)
Universiade IzmirTurkey 1st 1.90 (xo)
World Championships HelsinkiFinland 4th 1.96 (xxo)
World Athletics Final Monaco, Monaco 7th 1.89
2006 European Championships GothenburgSweden 7th 1.95 (xo)
World Athletics Final StuttgartGermany 6th 1.90
2007 European Indoor Championships BirminghamEngland 6th 1.92 (xo)
World Championships OsakaJapan 2nd 2.03 (xo)
World Athletics Final StuttgartGermany 3rd 1.97
Military World Games Hyderabad, India 2nd 1.96
2008 Olympic Games BeijingPR China 3rd 2.03 (o)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 1.99
2009 World Championships BerlinGermany 2nd 2.02 (o)
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd 2.00
2011 World Championships DaeguSouth Korea 1st 2.03 (o)
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 1.95 (o)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 2.05 (xo)
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 1.97 (o)

Personal Bests[edit]Edit

Type Event Best Location Date Notes
Outdoor High Jump 2.07 m Cheboksary, Russia 22 july 2011 3rd of all time
Indoor High Jump 2.06 m Arnstadt, Germany 4 February 2012 3rd of all time
  • 6 Times Russian National High Jump Champion – 2004, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12
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