Anna Alminova

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Anna Alminova
Anna Alminova Turin 2009 cropped.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Russian
Born (1985-01-17) 17 January 1985 (age 33)
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Sport Running
Event(s) 800 metres, 1500 metres

Anna Alminova (born 17 January 1985) is a Russian middle distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres. She was the European indoor champion in the 1500 m in 2009, but lost the title when she was found to have been doping.[1]


In the 800 metres, she finished fifth at the 2003 World Youth Championships. In the 1500 metres, she won the silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships, finished eighth at the 2005 European Indoor Championships and eleventh at the 2008 Olympic Games. At the 2009 European Indoor Championships she won the gold medal in the 1500 m. She reached the semi-finals of the event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in August and was seventh at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final.


She had her best ever global level performance in Doha at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, running 4:09.81 for seventh place in the 1500 m final. However, she tested positive for pseudoephedrine at the championships as a result of having taken an over-the-counter medicine to treat a cold. She received a ban for three months – a light sentence to reflect the low-level seriousness of the drug and that she had not ingested the substance for competitive reasons.[2]

Alminova was sanctioned for doping after her biological passport had showed abnormalities.[1] The ban was for two years and six months and ran from 16 January 2011 to 15 May 2014.[1] Her results was annulled from 16 February 2009.[3]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 5th 800 m 2:08.20
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 1500 m 4:16.32
2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 8th 1500 m 4:13.89
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 11th 1500 m 4:06.99
2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships Turin, Italy DSQ (1st) 1500 m
DSQ (6th) 3000 m
European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal DSQ 1500 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany DSQ 1500 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece DSQ 1500 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar DSQ 1500 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain DSQ 1500 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Doping sanctions - News 154 Positive cases in athletics Sanctioned according to information received by the IAAF as of 26 June 2014". IAAF. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Russian runner escapes with three-month ban . The Globe and Mail (2010-04-27). Retrieved on 2010-04-27.
  3. ^ "Three Cheers". Broadsheet. July 31, 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 

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