Ekaterina Poistogova

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Ekaterina Zavyalova (Poistogova)
Ekaterina Poistogova - Womens 800m - 2012 Olympics.jpg
Ekaterina Poistogova at the 2012 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Russia
Born (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 (age 28)
Arzamas, Gorky Oblast, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Event(s)800 metres

Ekaterina Zavyalova, former married name Poistogova (born 1 March 1991) is a Russian athlete, who specializes in the 800 metres. She is best known for initially winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, but in 2015, her bronze was upgraded to silver after countrywoman Mariya Savinova's lifetime ban from competition due to doping, which had annulled all Savinova's results backdating to July 2010 and stripped Savinova's 2012 Olympic gold medal.

Personal life[edit]

Zavyalova was born on 1 March 1991 in Arzamas. After marrying fellow middle-distance runner Stepan Poistogov, she adopted the feminine form of his surname, Poistogova.[1] She returned to her birth name following their divorce.


In the 2012 London Olympics, Poistogova placed second in her first-round heat with a time of 2:01.08.[2] She placed second in the semifinals with a time of 1:59.45.[2] She won the bronze medal that day in the 800 m final with a time of 1:57.53[2] behind fellow Russian and world champion Mariya Savinova (1:56.19) and Caster Semenya of South Africa (1:57.23).

In November 2015, after an investigation, Poistogova was one of five Russian runners whom the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended to receive a lifetime ban for doping during the London Olympics.[3][4] On 7 April 2017, CAS refused to backdate disqualification as far back as 2012, and disqualifed Poistogova from 2015.[5] Thus, Poistogova retained her upgraded 2012 Olympic silver medal at women's 800 metres athletic event.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 19th (sf) 800m 2:10.07
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada 8th 800m 2:05.56
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd 800 m 1:57.53
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th 800 m 1:58.05
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 4th 800 m 1:59.69
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic DSQ[6] 800 m 2:01.99


  1. ^ "Mr and Mrs Poistogova are looking good". European Athletics. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Ekaterina Poistogova - Events and results". London 2012. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. Retrieved 28 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Ban All Russian Track Athletes: World Anti-Doping Agency Panel". NBC. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ Gibson, Owen (9 November 2015). "Russia accused of 'state-sponsored doping' as Wada calls for athletics ban". Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/Media_Release_4480_4486_4487_4655.pdf CAS Media Release. April 7, 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.marca.com/en/more-sports/2017/04/07/58e7dfdae2704e41758b461e.html