14 JAN 2003 General News

A new sprinting name to start on the 'Block'

Zhanna Pintusevich in Brussels (Getty Images)Zhanna Pintusevich in Brussels (Getty Images) © Copyright

Ukraine’s World 100m Champion Zhanna Pintusevich-Block, has decided to drop the ‘Pintusevich’ and will from now just go by her married name of ‘Block’.

The original purpose of using ‘Pintusevich-Block’ was to allow the public to get used to ‘Block’ before settling with it alone.

The current World 100m Champion has won international titles under several different names during her illustrious career. Zhanna won both the European Indoor and European Junior Championships titles under her maiden name of ‘Tarnopolskaya’. Then in 1997, she won the World 200m gold in Athens under the name of ‘Pintusevich’, which was the name of her first husband. In 2001, running as ‘Pintusevich-Block’ she took her second World title in most spectacular fashion, beating USA’s Marion Jones to the 100m gold medal at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada.

We will have to wait and see whether or not this Ukrainian sprint ace can retain her World sprint crown in Paris this summer but what is already certain is that successful or not, when she lines up for the first round of the women’s 100m heats on Saturday 23 August in the Stade de France, the new name of ‘Zhanna Block’ will appear on the start list.

Agencies and IAAF