Anna Chicherova, high jumper
Anna Chicherova is a Russian leading high jumper, 2012 Olympic champion, World and European champion, seven-time champion of Russia, Honored Master of Sports of Russia, member of the Russian national athletics team.
She was born into a family of sportsmen on July 22, 1982 in Yerevan (Armenia), then her family moved to Belaya Kalitva, Rostov region, later to Moscow. The girl was engaged in the high jump at the age of seven. Her father, well-known high jumper, became her first coach. Her mother was a basketball player and played for the Armenian SSR.
17-year-old girl entered the Academy of Physical Culture.
In 1999 Chicherova won the World Youth Championship in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz with the result of 1.89 m. In 2000, she took the 4th place at the World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile.
She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. 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 displacing Blanka Vlasic. Her personal best jump and the Russian national record is 2.07 m, achieved on her 29th birthday at the Russian track and field championships in 2011.
In 2013, at the World competition in Tokyo Anna with the height of 1.95 became the leader of the world season.
Chicherova is currently in the Russian Army Athletics Club based in Moscow, where she is coached by Yevgeni Zagorulko. She is married to a former sprinter Gennadiy Chernovol. She was absent for the 2010 season due to pregnancy and had her first child, Nika, in September that year.