Nataliya Pyhyda

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Nataliya Pyhyda
Personal information
Born (1981-01-30) January 30, 1981 (age 33)
Nova Kakhovka
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Sport
Country  Ukraine
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 4 × 400m Relay

Nataliya Pyhyda (Ukrainian: Наталія Пигида; born 30 January 1981) is a Ukrainian sprinter who specializes in the 200 and 400 metres. Her personal best times are 22.82 seconds (2008) and 50.86 seconds (2013), respectively.

Career[edit]

As a junior she finished sixth at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Her personal best at the time was 52.87 seconds, achieved in August 2000 in Kiev. She improved it to 52.76 seconds in July 2003 in Kiev.[1] At the 2003 World Championships she competed in the 4 x 400 metres relay without reaching the final.[2] She finished fifth in the 200 metres event at the 2004 World Indoor Championships.[1] At the 2004 Olympic Games she again competed in the 4 x 400 metres relay without reaching the final.[3] In 2004 she greatly improved her personal bests in both her events, running the 200 metres in 23.04 seconds in July in Madrid and the 400 metres in 51.44 seconds in July in Yalta.[1]

The seasons 2005 and 2006 went by without personal bests in her main events, only the 60 metres (7.25 seconds, Kiev, February 2005) and the 100 metres (11.50 seconds, Kiev, July 2005).[1] At the 2005 European Indoor Championships the Ukrainian relay team finished fourth.[4] She also finished fifth in the individual event.[1] The relay team finished fifth at the 2005 World Championships.[5] At the 2005 Summer Universiade she finished fourth in the 200 metres and won a bronze medal in the relay.[6] At the 2006 European Championships she reached the semi-final of the individual event,[1] and finished sixth in the relay.[7] At the end of the season she was chosen for Europe's relay team at the 2006 IAAF World Cup. The team finished fourth.[8]

In 2007 she failed to run a single sub-24 or sub-52 second race.[1] She failed to reach the relay final at the 2007 World Championships,[9] but won a relay gold medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade.[citation needed] She reached the 400 metres semi-final at the 2008 World Indoor Championships, and at the 2008 Olympics she reached the semi-final of the 200 metres,[1] was disqualified in the 4 x 100 metres relay,[10] and failed to reach the final in the 4 x 400 metres relay.[11]

In the summer of 2008 she had smashed her 200 best time, running in 22.82 seconds in Kiev in June.[1] In 2009 she won the silver medal at the 2009 European Indoor Championships. With 51.44 seconds she equalled her personal best time from the outdoor track. She further improved to 51.38 seconds in June 2009 in Sofia.[1] In July 2009, however, she tested positive for the substance stanozolol after a competition in Reims.[12] She was suspended from the sport from August 2009 to August 2011.[1] She competed again at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Nataliya Pyhyda profile at IAAF
  2. ^ "Women 4x400m Realy {sic} World Championship 2003 Paris (FRA)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Women 4x400m Relay Olympic Games Athens 2004". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Women 4x400m Relay Athletics European Indoor Championship 2005 Madrid (ESP)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Women 4x400m Relay World Championship 2005 Helsinki (FIN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Athletics WOMEN'S 4x400m Relay Final" (pdf). FIBU. 20 August 2005. pp. 22, 57. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Women 4x400m Relay European Championship 2006 Göteborg (SWE)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "4x400 Metres Relay - W Final". IAAF. 17 September 2006. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Women 4x400m Relay Athletics World Championchip 2007 Osaka (JPN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  10. ^ "Women 4x100m Relay Athletics Olympic Games 2008 Beijing (CHN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Women 4x400m Relay Athletics Olympic Games 2008 Beijing (CHN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Ukrainian sportsmen disqualified for doping". MIGnews.com.ua. 30 September 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  13. ^ http://www.olympic.org/olympic-results/london-2012/athletics/400m-w