Mariya Kuchina clears 1.97m, World Junior all time best! by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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                         Mariya Kuchina, Singapore 2010, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mariya Kuchina set the all time high jump best for junior women today, clearing 1.97m on her second attempt. Kuchina is the Youth Games gold medalist, and quite frankly, we may be looking at a future World Champs gold medalist in the high jump (say 2015)! This young women has some wheels! Watch for more from her in 2011 and 2012.

EME NEWS (JAN 26, 2011) FLASH

Kuchina clears world junior all-time best 197
TRINEC (CZE, Jan 26): New Russian sensation is 18 years old Mariya Kuchina, the Youth Olympic Games winner. She cleared in second attempt world junior all time best of 197 cm. "I m surprised, this something new for me, but very special," She was jumping in excellent manner like an experienced athlete and had only two misses throughout the whole competition. She managed 192 in second her first PB of the evening and also world lead. But that was only a begin. Then excellent 194 in first and the new "record" of 197 in second. She asked the crowd to be quiet and no music and that paid off during . Sweden´s European medalist Emma Green narrowly missed 190 in her first meet of the year. Former indoor all-time best of Bulgarian Desislava Alexandrova was 196 from 1994 European Indoor Championships in Paris. 
Results: 1. Kuchina 197 (176/1, 181/1, 185/1, 188/1, 190/1, 192/2, 194/1, 197/2 and stopped to jump), 2. Green, SWE 188, 3t. Simic, CRO and Maresova, CZE 185, 5. Frenkel, ISR 185, 6. Dubnova, CZE 185, 7. Kufaas, NOR 181, 8. Stepaniuk, POL 181, 9t. Brambilla, ITA, Ustinova, KAZ and Francis, JAM 176

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