Klishina’s Kazan success sets her up for Euro champs

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Daria Klishina was part of the Russian team that retained its European Athletics Team Championships title in Gateshead. 

Darya Klishina’s career has been tinted with European gold since 2009 and now she is ready to complete the set of medals.
But it could be quite a competition in Zurich at the European Athletics Championships in a few weeks time.

Russian long jumper Klishina this week won the title at the national championships in Kazan with a season’s best performance of 6.90m which puts her joint fourth on the European Athletics rankings.

They are a list where the leader is her Russian teammate Anna Klyashtornaya whose 6.93m came in the qualifying competition of those championships.

It might have sent her soaring to No 1 in Europe this summer but when it came to the final, as so often has been the case over the past five years, Klishina was the champion as Klyashtornaya finished second with 6.58m.

Now Klishina is geared up for Zurich, which starts on August 12, after thriving on the instructions of her American coach Loren Seagrave.

She said: "Undoubtedly I’ll go to the European champs aiming to win the medal.

"More or less, I adopted to my new work and new technique and already could implement my coach’s directions in Kazan."

France’s Eloyse Lesueur, who is second on the rankings with 6.92m, will be the defending champion in Zurich but Klishina has some record on the European stage.

Lesueur has discovered that at the last two European Athletics Indoor Championships, with Klishina taking the title in Paris in 2011 with 6.80m as the Frenchwoman finish fourth with 6.59m, and then in Göteborg last year, Klishina beat her to gold with a jump of 7.01m against 6.90m.

Those two European titles sit alongside her European Junior success in Novi Sad in 2009, where she won with 6.80m, and then two years later, after her glory in Paris, she added the European Under-23 crown in Ostrava with 7.05m, a distance which remains her personal best.

Now for Zurich, after her triumph in Kazan, but no doubt with one eye on Klyashtornaya and Lesueur.