Marina Shmonina

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Marina Shmonina (born 9 February 1965 in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR) is an athlete who represented the Soviet Union, Russia and later Uzbekistan. She specialized in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay.

She competed for the Unified Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics, in the heats of the relay competition. When the team of Yelena Ruzina, Lyudmila Dzhigalova, Olga Nazarova and Olga Bryzgina won the final, Shmonina was also awarded the gold medal. Shmonina was hailed in Uzbekistan as the first Uzbek athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. [1]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 2nd 400 m 52.36
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 400 m 52.44
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 1st 400 m 51.22
Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 7th 400 m
1st 4x400 m relay 3:23.70
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 7th 400 m 51.67
1st 4x400 m relay
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 2nd 4x400 m relay 3:27.95
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 5th 400 m 52.26
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 1st 4x400 m relay
Representing Russia  Russia
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 4x400 m relay DISQ
  • At both the 1990 Europeans and 1992 Olympics Shmonina ran in the heats but not the final.
  • At the 1993 World Indoors, the Russians were the original winners in 3:28.90. They were disqualified due to Shmonina failing a drugs test.

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