Larisa Turchinskaya

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Larisa Turchinskaya (Russian: Лариса Турчинская), née Nikitina (Никитина), born 29 April 1965 in Kostroma, is a retired Russian heptathlete.

Her personal best result is 7007 points, achieved on 10-11 June 1989 in Bryansk. This result remained the European record, until Carolina Klüft achieved 7032 points at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. This performance still ranks Turchinskaya third on the world all time-performers list.

Turchinskaya won a silver medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games, but was later disqualified, after having tested positive for amphetamines..[1] [2]

Turchinskaya currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and still contributes to the sport - coaching many young Australian athletes.

Her daughter, Sarah, was born in 2005.


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 2nd Heptathlon
1989 World Student Games Duisburg, Germany 1st Heptathlon
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st Pentathlon
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 2nd Heptathlon
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th Heptathlon
Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd Heptathlon

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Women's Heptathlon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Jackie Joyner-Kersee