Yolanda Chen

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Iolanda Chen in 2010

Yolanda Chen (Russian: Иоланда Чен; born July 26, 1961 in Moscow) is a retired Russian athlete. She started as a pentathlete, but decided to specialize in long jump. In 1988 she achieved a personal best of 7.16 metres, a good result, but from 1992 she switched in triple jump instead, a relatively new event for women. Inspired by her father Yevgeniy Chen, who was among the world elite in the 1950s, she managed to jump 13.72 metres in 1992.

In 1993 Iolanda Chen improved to 14.97 metres, a new outdoor record which would also remain her personal best. Her record was beaten at the World Championships the same year by fellow Russian Anna Biryukova, who jumped 15.09m. In 1995 Chen appeared at the World Indoor Championships and won the gold medal with 15.03 metres, a new world indoor record. This was a huge improvement from the previous championship record of 14.47m. Unfortunately she did not follow up this success, finishing 11th at the World Championships the same year.

Chen married pole vaulter Yevgeniy Bondarenko.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 2nd Long jump
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 5th Long jump
Representing  Russia
1993 World Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 2nd Triple jump
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd Triple jump
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st Triple jump 15.03 WR
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 11th Triple jump

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