Kseniya Ryzhova

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Kseniya Ryzhova
Kseniya Vdovina Zagreb 2010.jpg
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Russia
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Moscow 4 × 400 m relay
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Doha 4x400 m relay
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Paris 4x400 m relay

Kseniya Olegovna Ryzhova, née Vdovina (Russian: Ксения Олеговна Рыжова; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian sprint athlete, originally from Lipetsk. She is the 2013 World Champion in 4x400 m relay (running the third leg).

On March 7, 2014, at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, Ryzhova was tested for illegal substances, and the test subsequently revealed trimetazidine. She was disqualified for nine months.[1]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 14th (sf) 200m 23.80 (wind: -0.6m/s)
1st 4x100 m relay 43.67
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 12th (sf) 200 m 24.40
4th 4x100 m relay 44.16
2009 European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 4x400 m relay 3:27.59
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 4x400 m relay 3:27.44
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 4x400 m relay 3:29.34
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st (h) 4x400 m relay 3:20.94
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 7th 400 m 50.98
1st 4x400 m relay 3:20.19

Personal life[edit]

Alleged activism against Russia's "homosexual propaganda" law[edit]

Ryzhova made headlines after winning gold in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, and thereafter kissing her Russian teammates as they received medals on the podium.[2] On 18 August 2013 SkyNews reported the photo of the kiss between Ryzhova and Yuliya Gushchina[3] as a political gesture but later retracted and said that there was a "huge debate on Twitter and other media about whether it was in protest at the government's anti-gay law"[4]—a law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Russia.

On an interview to the Italian news agency ANSA, the athletes denied that the kisses were a protest against the "homosexual propaganda" law[5][6] and said that such speculations were "insulting".[7]


  1. ^ "Russian athlete Ksenya Ryzhova disqualified for nine months for doping". ITAR-TASS. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kiss between Rhyzova and Firova". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ http://wasp911.tumblr.com/post/58547890444/kseniya-ryzhova-and-yuliya-gushchina-kissed-and
  4. ^ "Russian Athletes Kiss In Protest At Anti-Gay Law". sky.com. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Atlete russe, bacio non era protesta". ansa.it. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Luhn, Alec (2013-08-19). Russian athlete denies kiss with relay partner was in protest at anti-gay law. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.
  7. ^ "Рыжова: западные СМИ оскорбили и нас с Юлей, и всю федерацию". Gazeta.ru. Retrieved 20 August 2013.