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Russia's Lone Olympic Track Athlete Eliminated In Rio Competition


Darya Klishina was Russia's lone track and field athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she was eliminated from competition on August 17.

Darya Klishina was Russia's lone track and field athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but she was eliminated from competition on August 17.

The one-woman track team from Russia, Darya Klishina, bowed out of medal contention at the Rio Olympics on August 17.

Klishina was the only person from her country allowed to compete in track and field in Rio because of a blanket doping ban imposed on the rest of the team.

She reached the long jump final, but was eliminated after three attempts. Her best jump of 6.63 meters in three attempts wasn't good enough to advance with the top eight jumpers, who all get three more jumps.

Klishina, 25, a former European indoor champion, left the competition in ninth place.

Klishina said she plans to keep training in the United States -- an important difference with the rest of the Russian team that enabled her to compete. The International Olympic Committee allowed athletes who had tested clean for drugs outside of Russia to participate.

"I am trying to stay positive. That was a bad experience but still it is an experience, which is now in my pocket. I am still young so I count on performing at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020," she said.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and TASS
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