Antonina Krivoshapka

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Antonina Krivoshapka
Antonina Krivoshapka Barcelona 2010.jpg
Personal information
Born (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 27)
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres

Antonina Vladimirovna Krivoshapka (Russian: Антонина Владимировна Кривошапка; born 21 July 1987) is a Russian sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. She holds 400 m personal bests of 49.16 s outdoors and 50.55 s indoors.

Hailing from Rostov-on-Don,[1] Krivoshapka won the silver medal in the 400 m at the 2003 World Youth Championships in a time of 53.54 s, and won bronze in the Medley Relay. However she had little success in the following years, placing only fifth in the heats of the 2004 World Junior Championships. She did not improve on her personal best in 2005 or 2006, and only competed on the national level. However, she began to steadily improve her performances in 2007 and 2008, posting seasonal bests of 52.32 s and 51.24 s respectively.[2]

Krivoshapka's international breakthrough came in 2009, where she set a personal best of 50.55 s over 400 m indoors to win the Russian indoor championships, and subsequently won the 400 m gold medal at the 2009 European Indoor Championships.[2] At the same championships she won a gold medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay, together with teammates Natalya Antyukh, Darya Safonova and Yelena Voynova.[2][3] Later that year, during the semifinals at the Russian national championships in Cheboksary, she lowered her outdoor 400 m personal best by nearly a full second by running 49.29 s, the second fastest time in the world that year.[4] She went on to win the national title in 49.71 s. With these strong performances, Krivoshapka was considered one of the favorites for a medal in the 400 m at the World Championships in Berlin. In the 400 m final, she won the bronze medal in 49.71 s, behind Sanya Richards and Shericka Williams. She later won another bronze medal in the 4x400 m relay, where she anchored the Russian team.

She suffered an injury in an unusual fashion in early 2010 – while doing sprint training on a track in Volgograd, a young boy walked into her path and she strained her back in the ensuing collision. She missed the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships as a result but had fully recovered in time for the outdoor season.[4] Later that year, at the 2010 European Athletics Championships she claimed the 400 m bronze medal and helped the Russian women to defend their title in the relay, as well as winning a silver medal as part of the Europe 4x400 m relay team at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup.


  1. ^ Runner Antonina Krivoshapko can become a "rising star of Europe" (Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved on 2011-05-31.
  2. ^ a b c Antonina Krivoshapka profile at IAAF
  3. ^ "Results. 4x400m Relay Women". European Athletics. 8 March 2009. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Russia's Krivoshapka almost back in shape. European Athletics (4 April 2010). Retrieved on 2010-04-06.

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