Olha Bryzhina

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Olha Bryzhina
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Olympic Games
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 400 m
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 4x400 m relay
Competitor for Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 4x400 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona 400 m
World Championships
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Gold medal – first place 1987 Rome 400 m
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 4x400 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1987 Rome 4x400 m relay

Olha Bryzhina (Ukrainian: Ольга Бризгіна, maiden name Olga Arkad'evna Vladykina; Russian: Ольга Аркадьевна Владыкина; born June 30, 1963 in Krasnokamsk, Perm Oblast) is a retired athlete who represented Soviet Union (until 1991) and later Ukraine. She trained at Dynamo in Voroshilovgrad. Competing in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay, she was a particularly successful Olympian with three gold medals and one silver. At the 1988 Olympics the Soviet relay team set a new world record of 3:15.17 minutes which is still unbeaten (as of 2012).[1] Bryzhina also became world champion in 1987.

Bryzhina successfully defeated Flo-Jo at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 4x400m relay. Both runners ran the final leg of the relay and took the baton at about the same time. Flo-Jo ran a well paced race chasing Bryzhina closely, and then Flo-Jo tried to challenge Bryzhina at the 300m point. However, the challenge from Flo-Jo was unsuccessful and Bryzhina won by a 4m margin taking gold for Soviet Union along with a new world record for the USSR team. Bryzhina's time of 47.7 seconds in the 1988 Olympic Relay is one of the fastest relay legs ever run by a Women in the history of track and field.

Bryzhina's 400m personal best of 48.27 seconds is the Woman's 4th best result of all time in a laned 400m race.[2][3][4] She achieved this in the same race that Marita Koch set the current 400m world record of 47.60 seconds on 6 October 1985 at the Bruce Stadium in Canberra (Australia).[4][3]

Bryzhina's husband Viktor Bryzhin was also a champion track athlete winning gold in the 4x100m relay event at the 1988 Olympics. Together they have a daughter Yelizaveta Bryzhina[5][6][7] who is also a successful track runner specialising in the 200m sprint event (Yelizaveta competes for Ukraine).

Bryzhina and her daughter Yelizaveta both have a best performance of 22.44 seconds over 200m as at Dec 2012.[8][9]

Personal bests[edit]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1985 World Cup Canberra, Australia 2nd 400 metres 48.27
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 400 metres 49.67
DISQ 4 x 400 m relay
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 400 metres 49.38
2nd 4x400m relay 3:19.50
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st 400 metres 48.65
1st 4x400m relay 3:15.17 WR
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 4th 400 metres 49.82
4x400m relay 3:18.47
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd 400 metres 49.05
1st 4x400m relay 3:20.20


  1. ^ "Athletics - World Record progression" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved September 12, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c IAAF profile for Olga Bryzgina
  3. ^ a b 2012 Olympic Games Statistics - Women’s 400m, Athletics Weekly
  4. ^ a b START LIST 400 Metres Women - Round 1, Daegu 2011 (27 August 2011)
  5. ^ Romanization of Russian differs from Romanization of Ukrainian
  6. ^ Russia dominates on day of upsets in Bergen - European Team Champs Day 2, International Association of Athletics Federations (June 21, 2010)
  7. ^ (Ukrainian) Єлизавета Бризгіна: Головне — не участь, а перемога, Ukrayina Moloda (July 23, 2010)
  8. ^ Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (August 1, 2010)
  9. ^ Lewis-Francis accepts blame for 4x100m relay disaster, BBC (July 31, 2010)

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