Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982) is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and originally won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also runner-up at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009, and bronze medalist in 2013 and 2015.
Anna Chicherova at the 2013 World Championships
|Born||22 July 1982|
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb)|
|Now coaching||Yevgeniy Zagorulko|
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||1st (Daegu 2011)|
|Olympic finals||3rd (Beijing 2008) (DSQ),|
1st (London 2012)
|Updated on 29 August 2015.|
In May 2016, it was reported that a retest of samples from the 2008 Games had found 31 positive findings for performance-enhancing drugs. One of those positive tests was admitted by her coach to belong to Chicherova. On 6 October 2016, the IOC confirmed that Chicherova had failed a doping test, due to the presence of turinabol in her 2008 sample, and stripped her of her bronze medal. The medal was ultimately reallocated to original 6th place finisher Chaunte Lowe, as the 4th and 5th place high jumpers in that final tested positive for their retests as well.
On 23 July 2018, the day after returning to a national competition to jump 1.90 m, the disqualification was granted, the athlete asked the IAAF to be able to participate in the 2018 European Athletics Championships.
At the beginning of 2019, she jumped 2.01 indoors twice, three days apart. At age 36, those jumps both equalled the Masters W35 World Record, though because they were indoors, they will not be recognized as the record.
Chicherova was born in Yerevan and then moved to Belaya Kalitva, Russia, when the Soviet Union dissolved. She previously announced that she would retire after the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, after 14 years at the top, but has since continued to jump. After her second world silver in 2009, Chicherova announced her retirement, but after giving birth in 2010, she made her come back in 2011.
In 1999, she won her first major title when she was only 16, at the world youth championships in Bydgoszcz. 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 Vlašić. Her personal best jump and the Russian national record is 2.07 metres, achieved on her 29th birthday at the Russian track and field championships of 2011. Her best indoors was achieved at the Hochsprung mit Musik meeting 2012 in Arnstadt with 2.06 m. She thereby improved her Russian indoor national record by two centimeters. Chicherova is among the top ten high jumpers of all time both indoor and outdoor.
Chicherova is currently in the athletics club based in Moscow, where she is coached by Yevgeni Zagorulko. She is married to Gennadiy Chernovol. She was absent for the 2010 season due to pregnancy and had her first child, Nika, in September that year.
With her victories in Daegu and London, Chicherova became only the third female high jumper in history (after Stefka Kostadinova & Heike Henkel) to win at both the Olympic Games and the World Championships.
|Outdoor||High Jump||2.07 m||Cheboksary, Russia||22 July 2011||3rd of all time|
|Indoor||High Jump||2.06 m||Arnstadt, Germany||4 February 2012||3rd of all time|
- Six-time Russian National High Jump Champion – 2004, 2007–2009, 2011–2012
- Анна Чичерова Sovetsky Sport.
- Anna Chicherova's profile at the IAAF site
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- "Russia's high jumper Chicherova applies for neutral status participation with IAAF". TASS. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
- "Two Russian Olympic champs refused clearance for worlds". The Japan Times. AP. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
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- High Jump Outdoor All Time. IAAF. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
- Russia’s Chicherova jumping back into the spotlight Archived 2012-05-26 at Archive.today. European Athletics (2011-04-05). Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
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CHICHEROVA Anna (Date of birth 22.07.82) RUS In competition, “XXIX Olympic Games”, Beijing, CHN 24.08.08 2 years ineligibility 01.07.16-30.06.18 From 24.08.08 to 23.08.10