Tatyana Kotova

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Tatyana Kotova
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Tatyana Kotova (right) won bronze medal in 2007 World Championships.
Personal information
Born (1976-12-11) December 11, 1976 (age 38)
Kokand, Uzbek SSR
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)

Tatyana Vladimirovna Kotova (Russian: Татьяна Владимировна Котова, born December 11, 1976) is an athlete who competes for Russia in the long jump. Her personal best jump of 7.42 m at Annecy in 2002, is the best distance achieved by a female long jumper in the 21st century (as of 2014).

Kotova won bronze medals in the event at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. She won three consecutive silver medals at the World Championships in Athletics from 2001 to 2005, also taking bronze in 2007. She had greater success indoors, where she has won the World Indoor Championships on three occasions, in 1999, 2003 and 2006, as well as finishing as runner-up in 2001 and 2004. Her other titles include wins at the 2002 European Championships and the 2002 IAAF World Cup. She was third at the 2001 Goodwill Games and was the jackpot winner of the 2000 IAAF Golden League.


Kotova was born in Kokand, Uzbek SSR. She was injured in a car accident in August 2000, and went on to finish fourth less than two months later at the Olympic Games in Sydney. She was promoted to the bronze medal several years later, after original bronze medal winner Marion Jones admitted to doping at the Sydney Games. In 2013, samples from the 2005 World Championships were retested and Kotova was found to have been doping.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 1st 6.86 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 13th (qualifiers) 6.62 m
2000 Olympics Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 6.83 m
IAAF Golden League Jackpot winner Long jump
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 6.98 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 7.01 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd 6.84
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 6.85 m
IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 6.85 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 6.84 m
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 6.74 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd 6.92 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 6.93 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd 7.05 m
2004 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 6.65 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland disqualified 6.79 m
2005 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco disqualified
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 7.00 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 6.90 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 13th (qualifiers) 6.57 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 18th (qualifiers) 6.48 m


  1. ^ "Russia should not hold World Championship - Jade Johnson". BBC. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Italy Fiona May
Women's Long Jump Best Year Performance
2001 — 2002
Succeeded by
Brazil Maurren Higa Maggi
Preceded by
Russia Irina Simagina
Women's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Russia Lyudmila Kolchanova