2017 Athletissima Diary: Ivana Spanovic and Mariya Lasitskene speak with media


The press conferences at Diamond League events make a huge difference in how media such as myself can cover an event. For our readers to be informed, RunBlogRun tries to get interviews with top stars, and follow events, development by development so our readers appreciate the competition in these major events. The quality of Diamond League events have been great, good and, well, under DL level. There is some tension this year, as 2018 will mean that all is up for negotiation and most of the players seem to want changes, but are playing their cards close.

Spanovic_Ivana1-Lausanne16.jpgIvana Spanovic, photo by PhotoRun.net

Ivana Spanovic and Mariya Latiskene were well spoken, Latiskene being translated from Russian to French, and French to English. Translation is an acquired taste and also can be done poorly, which we have seen. However, in Paris and Lausanne, translation was quite good.

Ivana Spanovic told that she had an injury two weeks before the Pre Classic. Her performance in Lausanne would be her first outdoor competition. Spanovic wants to jump longer indoors (7.24m is her best indoors), and reach 7.07-7.10 meters outdoors. Ivana has a nice sense of humor and is a fine athlete and competitor. Her English is nuanced.

Lasitskene_Maria-PreC17.jpGMariya Lasitskene, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mariya Lasitskene is quite cautious. Not understanding Russian, but realizing that Ms. Lasitskene is cautious that media will always ask her about Russian doping, this writer focused on her performances and goals in sport. Mariya did show several things: she is both, terribly confident of her jumping and terribly competitive. Note that she says that she competes with herself, and does not believe anyone can jump with her, when she is at her best.

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