DAEGU, September 3, 2011 - Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova, the pretty 22-year-old
Byelorussian should take heed and think about changing her hairdresser.
Why? Just look at
what her hairstyle, a long ponytail has robbed her of…. In her third attempt in
the long jump final Nastassia executed the best jump of her green career. Upon
landing her body has left a trace on the sand that could guarantee her a measure
of about 6.90, as is possible to understand by photographic evidence, and that
measure would certainly have given her the Gold medal and a nice $60,000 cash
But she could not have imagined that her swinging ponytail
hitting the sand could have left a mark that would cancel all her dreams. Thanks
to RAI technician Luca Fedrigo we found the right image – he was the first to
realise that something was not quite right with the hair. From the tribune
there were some protests because they could not see the ever-so-small
indentation left by the ponytail, but the judge has made the right decision.
Nastassia has lost the gold, silver and the bronze and
came fourth with a jump of 6.74.
This is the craziest thing that has ever happened at
a world championships!
Below: Reality sinks in as Ivanova checks her mark. Photo/RAI