Anna Chicherova, high jumper
Anna Chicherova is a Russian leading high jumper, 2012 Olympic champion. By the way, she is a World and European champion, eight-time champion of Russia. Pretty girl is Honored Master of Sports of Russia, member of the Russian national athletics team. To tell the truth, Chicherova is the first athlete in history who managed to win medals at five world championships in a row.
She was born into a family of sportsmen on July 22, 1982 in Yerevan (Armenia). Then her family moved to Belaya Kalitva, Rostov region, and 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. And her mother was a basketball player and played for the Armenian SSR.
17-year-old girl entered the Academy of Physical Culture in Moscow.
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.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics Anna won a bronze medal. Talented athlete became the winner at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Then she was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics. On August 13, 2012 Anna was awarded Order of Friendship for the great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high sport achievements at the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 in London (Great Britain).
Chicherova was among the world leading high jumpers for several years until she missed the 2010 season due to pregnancy. You know, after returning in 2011, she established herself as the world leading female high jumper displacing Blanka Vlasic. On her 29th birthday at the Russian track and field championships the athlete achieved her personal best jump and the Russian national record – 2.07 m.
In 2013, at the World competition in Tokyo Anna with the height of 1.95 became the leader of the world season.
Chicherova is coached by Yevgeni Zagorulko in the Russian Army Athletics Club based in Moscow.
At the World Championships in 2015, held in Beijing, Chicherova became a bronze medalist with a result of 2.01 meters. Russian woman Maria Kucherova became the winner of the world championship.
Actually the athlete was going to take part at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and complete her sports career.
She is married to a former sprinter Gennadiy Chernovol. In September 2010 Anna gave birth to her first child Nika.