Sergey Kirdyapkin

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Sergey Kirdyapkin
Sergey Kirdyapkin at Russian 2012 olympians.jpg
Sergey Kirdyapkin at the meetion of Russian 2012 Summer Olympics medalists with the President of Russia on August 16, 2012
Personal information
Born (1980-01-16) January 16, 1980 (age 35)
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 50km Race Walk

Sergey Alexandrovich Kirdyapkin (Russian: Серге́й Александрович Кирдяпкин, born 18 June 1980 in Insar, Mordovia) is a Russian race walker.

Kirdyapkin won the gold medal in the 50 km walk at the 2012 London Olympics with an Olympic record time 3:35:59.

He also won two gold medals in the 50 km walk at the 2005 World Championships in a personal best time of 3:38:08 hours and at the 2009 World Championships, finishing in 3:38:35, his second fastest ever time.[1]

He is married to fellow racewalker Anisya Kirdyapkina. He is coached by Viktor Chegin, who also coaches racewalk world champions Valeriy Borchin and Olga Kaniskina.[2]

His coach Viktor Chegin has been embroiled in doping controversy during his whole career and this has passed much suspicion onto Kirdyapkin. Chegin has coached no less than 17 athletes that have failed doping tests.[3] On 20 January 2015 Kirdyapkin was disqualified for 3 years and 2 months starting from 15 October 2012, and all his results between 20 July 2009 and 20 September 2009, between 29 June 2010 and 29 August 2011, as well as between 17 December 2011 and 11 June 2012 (which include a world championship gold) were annulled.[4] On March 25m 2015, the IAAF filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne, Switzerland, suggesting inappropriate selective disqualification periods were attributed by RUSADA, which alludes to but is not specified in the public announcement, the strange gap between Kirdyapkin's suspension dates allowing him to keep his Olympic Gold Medal.[5] As of April 16, the IAAF have not changed the results of the World Cup victory,[6] which would fall under the existing RUSADA suspension period.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2005 European Race Walking Cup Miskolc, Hungary 2nd 50 km 3:41:11
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 50 km 3:38:08
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany DQ 50 km 3:38:35
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 50 km DNF
2012 Olympics Games London, United Kingdom 1st 50 km 3:35:59


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