Lyudmila Petrova

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Lyudmila Nikolayevna Petrova (Russian: Людмила Николаевна Петрова; born 7 October 1968) is a Russian long-distance runner, who represented her native country at two Summer Olympics: 1996 and 2004. She won the 2000 edition of the New York City Marathon.


She was born in Karakly and represents the club Novocheboksary Profsoyuzy.[1] On the track the finished tenth in the 3000 metres at the 1996 European Indoor Championships,[2] fourteenth in the 10,000 metres at the 1996 Olympic Games and sixth at the 2001 World Championships.[3] She became Russian 10,000 metres champion in 1996,[4] and indoor 3000 metres champion in the same year.[5]

Her personal best times were 8.59.15 minutes in the 3000 metres (indoor), achieved at the 1996 European Indoor Championships in Stockholm;[6] 15.20.44 minutes in the 5000 metres, achieved in July 1996 in St. Petersburg;[7] and 31:36.76 minutes in the 10,000 metres, achieved in May 2003 in Palo Alto.[3]

She has specialized in road running. In the international championships she finished ninth at the 1998 European Championships,[8] and eighth at the 2004 Olympic Games.[3] She also finished seventh at the 1999 World Half Marathon Championships,[9] eighteenth at the 1999 World Half Marathon Championships and thirteenth at the 2002 World Half Marathon Championships.[3]

In the great city marathons she has had success at the New York and London Marathons. She won the 2000 New York City Marathon with the time of 2:25:45 hours. In 2001 she finished sixth in 2:26:18 hours. She finished third at the 2002 London Marathon in 2:22:33 hours, fourth at the 2003 New York City Marathon in 2:25:00 hours and second at the 2006 London Marathon in 2:21:29 hours. In 2008 she finished second at the New York City Marathon in 2:25:43 hours and fifth in the London Marathon in 2:26:45 hours. She then finished second again, at the 2009 New York City Marathon in the time of 2:29:00 hours.


  1. ^ sports-reference
  2. ^ "1996 European Indoor Championships, women's 3000 metres final". Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lyudmila Petrova profile at IAAF
  4. ^ "Russian Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Russian Indoor Championships". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  6. ^ World women's all-time best 3000m indoor (last updated 2001)
  7. ^ World women's all-time best 5000m (last updated 2001)
  8. ^ "Women Marathon European Championships 1998 Budapest (HUN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Women Results". 3 October 1997. Retrieved 23 January 2011.