Olimpiada Ivanova

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Olimpiada Ivanova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Russia
Olympic Games
Silver 2004 Athens 20 km walk
World Championships
Gold 2001 Edmonton 20 km walk
Gold 2005 Helsinki 20 km walk
World Race Walking Cup
Silver 1997 Poděbrady 10 km walk
Silver 2002 Turin 20 km walk
Silver 2006 La Coruña 20 km walk

Olimpiada Vladimirovna Ivanova (Russian: Олимпиада Владимировна Иванова, born August 26, 1970) is a Russian race walker. She has 4 medals from the major events. She was born in Munsjuty, Chuvashia.

Biography[edit]

Her first gold medal was won in the 2001 Edmonton World Championships, where she beat the rest of the world with the time 1.27:48. A year later, in 2002, she won another gold medal at the 2002 European Championship in Munich.

The next major sporting event she took part in was the 2004 Athens Olympics where she finished second. The winner was the home hero Athanasia Tsoumeleka, who deeply moved the ecstatic Greek crowd by getting her country's first ever medal in the event (time 1:29:12). However according to many people Athanasia Tsoumeleka switched to running, going against the main rule of race walking. Ivanova finished four seconds later and could not hide her disappointment. She did, however, win the gold for the 20 km walk in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, beating the world record. For this record she was added to the Guinness World Record book of 2007.

Ivanova was stripped of her silver medal in the 10 kilometer walk at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics after she had tested positive for stanozolol, and she was banned for two years.

Olimpiada Ivanova is married and has a daughter. Her passion is cooking.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
1993 World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 12th 10 km 47:02
1997 World Race Walking Cup Poděbrady, Czech Republic 2nd 10 km 41:59
World Championships Athens, Greece DSQ 10 km
2000 European Race Walking Cup Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 1st 20 km 1:26:48
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 1st 20 km 1:26:48
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 20 km 1:27:48
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 20 km 1:26:42
2003 World Championships Paris, France DNF 20 km
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 20 km 1:29:16
2005 European Race Walking Cup Miskolc, Hungary 1st 20 km
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 20 km 1:25:41
2006 World Race Walking Cup La Coruña, Spain 2nd 20 km 1:27:26
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan DNF 20 km

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Records
Preceded by
China Wang Yan
Women's 20 km Walk World Record Holder
August 7, 2005 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent