Kaniskina at Osaka 2007
January 19, 1985
1.59 m (5 ft
2 in) 1⁄ 2
43 kg (95 lb)
20km Race Walk
Olga Nikolayevna Kaniskina ( Russian: О́льга Никола́евна Кани́ськина; born January 19, 1985 in Napolnaya Tavla, Kochkurovsky District, Mordvin ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian race walker. She won the silver medal in the 20 km walk at the 2006 European Championships, gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She is a three-time World Champion, having won at both the 2007 World Championships, 2009 World Championships and 2011 World Championships.
She also won the 20 km walk at the
2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, setting a Championship record of 1:25:42
She has been part of a training group coached by
Viktor Chegin. More than a dozen members of that group have been suspended for doping violations.
2006 IAAF World Race Walking Cup she finished in fifth place and won her first major medal, a silver, at the 2006 European Athletics Championships later that year. She won her first global title the following year, taking the gold in the women's 20 km walk at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, beating compatriot Tatyana Shemyakina to the finish.
The 2008 season saw Olga Kaniskina break her first world record in the 20 km Walk at the Russian Championships. She lowered the mark set by her compatriot
Olimpiada Ivanova in August 2005. However, IAAF rules dictate that 3 official judges must be present at the race, for a world record to be ratified, making it unlikely that this record will be ratified, as there were not 3 judges present. She went on to set the 20 km championship record at the [1 ] 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup held in Russia, finishing with a time of 1:25:42.
At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she broke the standing Olympic record for the fastest 20 km walk. She walked 20 km in 1:26:31 to beat the silver medalist by 36 seconds.
The previous Olympic record was 1:29:05 set by [2 ] Wang Liping in 2000 at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
She continued her run of success by winning her second World gold medal at the
2009 World Championships in Athletics, becoming the first woman to win the title consecutively. [3 ] [4 ]
Kaniskina's first win of 2010 came at the
Na Rynek Marsz! competition in Kraków, Poland, where she beat Melanie Seeger by two seconds. She improved one position from her 2006 performance to top the podium at the [5 ] 2010 European Athletics Championships, claiming the women's 20 km title. Her 2011 started with a win on the 2011 World Challenge circuit in Rio Maior in April. [6 ]
20km walk during the 2012 Summer Olympics she was leading the walk from the start, but on the last kilometer was overtaken by Elena Lashmanova and won silver.
Achievements [ edit ]
World Race Walking Cup
La Coruña, Spain 5th
Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd
European Race Walking Cup
Leamington Spa, Great Britain 2nd
Osaka, Japan 1st
World Race Walking Cup
Cheboksary, Russia 1st
Beijing, China 1st
Berlin, Germany 1st
Barcelona, Spain 1st
Daegu, South Korea 1st
London, United Kingdom 2nd
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