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Curiosities you may not have known about the famous Russian athlete Darya Klishina

Darya Klishina is one of the most famous and talented athletes on the international sporting scene despite not achieving Olympic or World Championship success.

A long jump champion, she has represented Russia in numerous world events and competitions, leaving her mark with numerous European and two Olympic participations.

But there are many aspects of her life and career that might surprise you.

Here are some interesting facts about Darya Klishina that you might not have known.

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Curiosities you may not have known about the famous Russian athlete Darya Klishina
Darya began her sports career in artistic gymnastics, but because of her height, she decided to switch to long jump at the age of 13. It was a change of direction that turned out to be the right choice for her career.
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Talent scout
Darya's long jump career took off when she was discovered by Russian coach Olga Shishigina, a former Olympic champion in the 100-metre hurdles. Olga saw a natural talent in Darya and decided to take her under her wing.
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Personal record
Darya's personal best in the long jump is 7.05 metres, set in 2010 during the Russian Athletics Championships. This measurement places her among the best long jumpers of all time.
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Model and testimonial
Besides being a successful athlete, Darya is also a model and testimonial for several companies. She has lent her face to advertising campaigns for brands such as Nike, Red Bull and Swatch.
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Graduate studies
Darya holds a degree in Sports Economics from the Moscow State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism. She has always emphasised the importance of education and the balance between sport and studies.
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Olympic controversy
During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Darya was the only Russian athlete allowed to compete in the long jump due to the suspension of the Russian team for doping. Despite the controversy, Darya finished ninth in the competition.
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Languages spoken
Darya is fluent in three languages: Russian, English and Spanish. This has enabled her to communicate with athletes from all over the world and to integrate easily into various international competitions.
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Personal life
Although she is very private about her private life, it is known that Darya is a big music fan and enjoys playing the piano in her spare time. In addition, she is a goodwill ambassador for various charitable organisations that care for children and young athletes.
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26/02/2024
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