Anna Nazarova-Klyashtornaya

Athlete Profile

    Russia Russia
    03 FEB 1986
Anna Nazarova (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Long Jump 7.11 +1.3 Moskva 20 JUN 2012
Triple Jump 13.34 Sankt-Peterburg 14 JUN 2005

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
Long Jump 6.89 Krasnodar 29 JAN 2011
Triple Jump 13.80 Sankt-Peterburg 21 JAN 2007

Progression - Outdoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 6.93 +1.2 Kazan 23 JUL
2012 7.11 +1.3 Moskva 20 JUN
2011 6.88 +0.7 Cheboksary 21 JUL
2010 6.54 +1.5 Sochi 27 MAY
2009 6.60 +0.6 Tallinn 25 AUG
2008 6.71 Chelyabinsk 28 JUN
2007 6.81 0.0 Debrecen 15 JUL
2006 6.66 -0.1 Kazan 09 JUL
2005 6.31 +1.9 Kaunas 24 JUL
2004 6.48 +1.4 Cheboksary 26 JUN
2003 6.03 Kazan 09 SEP

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 13.34 Sankt-Peterburg 14 JUN
2004 13.27 +0.1 Cheboksary 18 JUL
2003 13.13 +0.9 Cheboksary 21 JUN

Progression - Indoor

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 6.38 Sankt-Peterburg 27 DEC
2014 6.34 Sankt-Peterburg 05 JAN
2012 6.22 Moskva 25 JAN
2011 6.89 Krasnodar 29 JAN
2010 6.75 Moskva 27 FEB
2008 6.50 Penza 02 MAR
2007 6.68 Volgograd (Infizkult Manezh Stadium) 10 FEB
2004 6.31 Sankt-Peterburg 25 DEC
2004 6.36 Volgograd (Infizkult Manezh Stadium) 03 FEB

Triple Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2007 13.80 Sankt-Peterburg 21 JAN

Honours - Long Jump

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXX Olympic Games 5 6.77 +0.5 London (Olympic Stadium) 08 AUG 2012
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6 6.61 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR 2010
10th IAAF World Junior Championships 10q1 5.45 -0.4 Grosseto (Stadio Zecchini) 16 JUL 2004

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Created 24 July 2012

Anna NAZAROVA, Russia (Long Jump)

Born 3 February 1986, Saint Petersburg

Lives: Moscow

1.73m / 57kg

Coach: Viktor Kuzin, Valeriy Metelsky


Anna Nazarova is one of the most consistent Russian long jumpers. But despite getting a medal at the national championships almost every year since 2003 (in the corresponding age category) she has hardly done an interview for the national press. That’s what can happen when you compete in one of the most star-studded events in your country, that has such titled athletes as Tatyana Lebedeva and Tatyana Kotova and a media phenomenon of our days in Darya Klishina. But it is Nazarova who is heading for the London Olympics as the national season leader. And coming from the rainy and windy Saint Petersburg, strong-minded and optimistic Nazarova is looking forward to whatever London has to offer. 

Anna Nazarova started doing athletics when she was 8 years old. “I was very skinny and weak. I was getting ill very often, so my parents decided to bring me to the sports school so that I would get stronger and healthier. And the coach there immediately said that I would become a jumper. It seems he was right!” Nazarova smiled.

Anna started in both long and triple jump and also tried running 200m and hurdles. She won multiple medals at National Junior Championships indoors and outdoors in long and triple jump in 2003 and 2004. But then she decided to focus more on the long jump, as her speed and power characteristics and body composition were more suitable for this event. She had some more outings in the triple jump over the next years though and her indoor PB (13.80) set in 2007 can be considered rather high at the junior level.

Her second place at the 2004 Russia Junior Championships, with a personal best of 6.48, earned her a place in the team for her first major international event, the World Junior Championships in Grosseto, but she underperformed in the qualification jumping only 5.45 and didn’t get into the final.

The following year Nazarova had her first international success. It came at the European Junior Championships, in Kaunas, when the Russian won a bronze medal. In 2006 Nazarova couldn’t qualify for the European Championships, but won the National U23 Championships with a PB of 6.66   and had to wrap up the season as there were no more meets for her age category.

In winter of 2007, Nazarova won the national indoor title setting a PB of 6.68 and headed to Birmingham for the European Indoor Championships, but couldn’t make it to the final. “It was a very painful experience for me. I was really ready to win a medal, I had this goal in mind all the way, but I simply didn’t have enough competition experience,” Anna recalled.

In the summer of 2007 she won silver at the National U23 Championships behind Yelena Sokolova. But in Debrecen, at the European U23 Championships she beat not only Sokolova, but also her longtime rival, the Czech Denisa Rosolova (née Ščerbova), world and European junior champion who is now more famous as a 400m and 400m H runner. That win took a personal best: Nazarova leaped 6.81 that day, beating Rosolova by 1 cm. “I was heading to Debrecen to get the gold medal. This win was very important for me as it really increased my levels of confidence and helped me to detect the mistakes in mental preparation for the competition. I didn’t have any specific rivals to beat though. I got used to the intense competition in my event from the early years, so I always make sure to fight for my own best marks,” Nazarova explained.

For the next two years Nazarova was waiting for her time to succeed at the top national level to get an opportunity to compete at the major championships. And she got that chance in 2010. She won Russia Indoor Championships beating Kotova and Klishina.

“I wasn’t feeling very comfortable that day. After the summer season I was injured: a tear of semimembranosus muscle which affected the sciatic nerve on my lead leg. This is the thing that doesn’t go away in a moment. And I had just started working with Viktor Kuzin, who had enough courage to start coaching that limping athlete (myself). So I wasn’t too confident coming into the competition. But to be successful in a competition, you need to throw this kind of thoughts out of your head,” Anna said.

Several days later she headed for Doha, to take part in the World Indoor Championships, along with Klishina. But there was no luck for the Russians. The third place was taken by Keila Costa with a 6.63 mark while Klishina jumped 6.62 and Nazarova 6.61. “I clearly underperformed there. The track didn’t suit me at all. I hardly made it to the final and was hoping to get used to the surface and the pit, but it didn’t happen,” Anna recalled. To make matters worse that year she had to miss the whole summer due to a severe viral infection.

In 2011 Anna was once again successful at the National Indoor Championships, losing only to Klishina by just 1 cm. But at the Paris European Indoor Championships she couldn’t jump far enough to get into the final, while Klishina and the third Russian Yuliya Pidluzhnaya won the gold and the bronze respectively. “I was in a great shape then, but I couldn’t make a proper approach. In all attempts I took off at about 18-20 cm before the board. And I missed the final by just 1 cm!” Anna recalled.

Nazarova didn’t step on the podium at the summer Nationals that year, even though she had a 6.88 jump in qualification and leaped 6.76 in the final. It meant that instead of Daegu she was heading for the Shenzhen Universiade, where she did both the long jump and the triple. The long jump was the first on the list, not only in terms of priority, but also in terms of schedule. There she didn’t have any problems winning the competition with a 6.72 leap. She was also asked to compete in the triple jump to help the team in the overall medal count, but she got badly injured in the qualification round.

“I had a deformation of the meniscus and the cruciate ligaments on my take-off leg. But luckily I didn’t have to undergo a surgery. I got an excellent treatment in Saint Petersburg. And I want to thank our sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, for settling the costs of the treatment,” Nazarova said.

In 2012 Nazarova had a very quiet indoor season, with only a couple of small meets, as she didn’t want to go hard on her injured knee. It gave her some extra time for the studies. Anna graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance, department of human resources management, and she is currently working on her PhD thesis on professional sports in the system of social-labour categories. “I don’t have much time for hobbies as sport is really time-consuming. So I’m just happy when I have some extra days or hours to spend with my family. Lately I got into baking as my fiancé has a sweet tooth, and I also like reading, mostly biographies. You can learn a lot from the lives and thoughts of such great personalities as Einstein, Lenin, van Gogh. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about Freud and his theories,” Anna said.

In the beginning of the summer of 2012, Nazarova was more than impressive. At her third competition of the season, the Moscow Championships, she managed to improve her PB by 23 cm, for the first time flying over the 7.00 mark – 7.11. “I don’t see this result as high. It’s a decent mark to work on. Of course it’s the second best result in the world this season and the best in Russia before the Olympics, it’s kind of pleasing, but I aim for more,” Nazarova said. Anna admits that the tailwind and her coach’s words were important success factors that day. “My coach, Viktor Kuzin, was very calm and convincing that day. He means a lot to me, he’s like the second father. I’m working with him since the autumn of 2009, but I saw him only during the training camps; back at home I used his training plans. But I needed more sessions under his guidance, so last year I moved from Saint Petersburg to Moscow, where my coach lives,” Anna explained.

At the National Championships, in Cheboksary, Nazarova produced a 6.90 jump in the qualifying round and a 6.88 one in the final to grab the silver and the ticket to London.  “I’m going to London with positive thoughts on my mind. I’m really looking forward to the trip. Even though I expect it to be rainy and foggy there, I’m eager to experience this typical London climate. I think it’s quite similar to the Saint Petersburg one, I’m no stranger to this. And the British mentality, primness and calmness, appeals to me as well. I believe it will help all the athletes not to be overwhelmed by stress and pressure. I’m sure that Olympic experience will make me better and stronger as an athlete no matter what the outcome will be. I don’t like to plan any results ahead, but I promise to make my best effort there,” Nazarova said.


Personal Best


Yearly Progression

2003: 6.03; 2004: 6.48; 2005: 6.31; 2006: 6.66; 2007: 6.81; 2008: 6.71; 2009: 6.60; 2010: 6.54; 2011: 6.88; 2012: 7.11


Career Highlights

2003     1st   Russian Youth Indoor Ch. (Cheboksary) (Triple Jump)   13.13

2003     2nd   Russian Youth Championships (Cheboksary)  6.12w

2003     1st    Russian Youth Championships (Cheboksary) (Triple Jump)  13.13 (13.28w)

2004     1st    Russian Junior Indoor Championships (Volgograd)     6.36

2004     1st    Russian Junior Indoor Ch. (Volgograd) (Triple Jump)     13.07

2004     2nd     Russian Junior Championships (Cheboksary)    6.48

2004     q     World Junior Championships (Grosseto)        5.45

2005     1st    Russian Junior Indoor Championships (Saransk)   6.34

2005     1st    Russian Junior Championships (Tula)   6.26

2005     3rd    European Junior Championships (Kaunas)   6.31

2006     2nd  European Champions Clubs Cup (Valencia)   6.41 (6.42w)

2006     11th   Russian Championships (Tula)   6.31 (6.32q)

2006     1st   Russian U23 Championships (Kazan)   6.66

2007     1st    Russian Indoor Championships (Volgograd)    6.68

2007     2nd     Russian U23 Championships (Tula) 6.52

2007     1st    European U23 Championships (Debrecen)   6.81

2007     5th    Universiade (Bangkok)  6.50

2008     3rd      Russian Championships (Kazan)  6.69

2008     2nd     Russian U23 Championships (Chelyabinsk)  6.71

2010     1st    Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow)  6.75

2010     6th    World Indoor Championships (Doha)  6.61

2011     2nd  Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow)  6.73

2011     q   European Indoor Championships (Paris)  6.57

2011     1st   Universiade (Shenzhen) 6.72

2012     2nd   Russian Championships (Cheboksary)  6.88 (6.90q)

Prepared by Elena Dyachkova for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2012       

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