Pishchalnikova (left) with Franka Dietzsch at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka
|Full name||Дарья Витальевна Пищальникова|
July 19, 1985 |
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||95 kg (210 lb)|
Updated on 14 August 2009.
Darya Vitalyevna Pishchalnikova (Russian: Дарья Витальевна Пищальникова, born 19 July 1985 in Astrakhan) is a female discus thrower from Russia. Her personal best for the event is 70.69 metres, set in 2012. Pishchalnikova is the sister of Bogdan Pishchalnikov and Kirill Pishchalnikov.
Pishchalnikova rose through the ranks as a young athlete, winning the silver medal in the discus at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics, then repeating that feat at the World Junior Championships in 2004. She established herself as one of the top women's throwers at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, taking the gold medal with a personal best throw of 65.55 metres.
She set a personal best throw of 65.78 metres when she won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. She was selected to represent Russia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but on 31 July, she was suspended from competition due to doping test irregularities, along with several other high-profile Russian female athletes. On 20 October 2008, it was announced that Pishchalnikova was one of seven Russian athletes receiving a two-year doping ban for manipulating drug samples.
She returned to competition in 2011 and finished eleventh at the World Championships in Daegu that year. She took second place at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing, then had a personal best throw of 67.00 m in Adler in May. At the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting she was runner-up to Sandra Perković. She won the Russian Championships with a throw of 70.69 m – the best performance in the event since 1992.
Pishchalnikova participated in the 2012 Olympics and won a silver medal. However, she tested positive for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone in the samples taken in May 2012. On April, 2013 she was banned by the Russian Athletics Federation for ten years, and her results from May 2012 were annulled, meaning she was set on track to lose her Olympic medal.
|2001||World Youth Championships||Debrecen, Hungary||2nd|
|2002||World Junior Championships||Kingston, Jamaica||8th|
|2004||World Junior Championships||Grosseto, Italy||2nd|
|2006||European Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||1st||65.55 m = PB|
|World Cup||Athens, Greece||4th|
|2007||World Championships||Osaka, Japan||2nd (DQ)||65.78 m = PB|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||11th||58.10 m|
- IAAF Anti-doping investigation leads to provisional suspension of Russian athletes.
- Seven Russians handed doping bans. BBC Sport. 20 October 2008.
- Gains, Paul (2012-06-02). Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
- Discus: Pishchalnikova Throws Season-Leading 70.69m. RIA Novosti (2012-07-05). Retrieved on 2012-07-05.
- Fyodorov, Gennady (30 April 2013). "Pishchalnikova given 10-year doping ban". Reuters. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
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