Vera Sokolova

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Vera Sokolova (Russian: Вера Соколова; born June 8, 1987 in Solianoy, Morgaushsky District, Chuvash Republic)[1] is a Russian race walker.

A gold medalist on the track at World Youth and European Junior level, she won her first major senior medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, taking the 20 km road walk bronze medal. She also represented Russia at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

She won the 2011 Russian Winter Walking Championships in Sochi with a world record in the 20 km road walk of 1:25:08, knocking 33 seconds off the former record set by Olimpiada Ivanova in the 2005 World Championships final.[2] He continues to be coached by Viktor Chegin, after he has been suspended for a lengthy series of performance enhancing drug suspensions against many of his athletes.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 9th 10,000 m track walk 47:59.14
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 1st 5000 m track walk 22:50.23
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 3rd 10,000 m track walk 46:53.02
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 10,000 m track walk 43:11.34
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, People's Republic of China 4th 10,000 m track walk 46:58.21
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 14th 20 km walk 1:34:55
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 20 km walk 1:29:32
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st 20 km walk team 4:32:34


  1. ^ Maryanchik, Natalia (2010-05-07). Focus on Athletes - Vera Sokolova. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  2. ^ Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-26). Sokolova heads off Kirdyapkina to clock 1:25:08 World record - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.

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