Friday, 21 February 2020

Estonia's up-and-coming athlete: Karl Erik Nazarov

I was thrilled to read in the press this week that a new sporting record was achieved by my cousin's son Karl Erik Nazarov. At the Estonian Indoor Championships that were held in Tallinn, twenty-year old Karl set the Estonian record in the mens 60m sprint race at 6.68. The previous record holder for that event was set by Argo Golberg in 2003 at 6.71. For seventeen years no-one could beat that time, until now.

Karl is on fire this season. Earlier this month he set another record at the Martin Kutman Memorial Competition in Tartu. He set the new U23 class record in the 60m hurdles at 7.84, beating his uncle's record of 7.95. The previous best time was 7.93.

Karl and his uncle Andrei at an awards ceremony last year

Until last summer, Karl's coach was his uncle Andrei Nazarov,  a former decathlete who represented Estonia in several Olympic Games. Karl is strongly focused on his passion for sprinting and hurdles and, with the aid of his new coach Liivi Eerik, he is sure to achieve many more great things in the future.