Inessa Kravets

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Inessa Kravets
Inessa Kravets IAAF Championships 1995.jpg
Personal information
Native name Інесса Миколаївна Кравець
Birth name Inessa Mykolajivna Shulyak
Born (1966-10-05) 5 October 1966 (age 50)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR
Country  Ukraine
Sport Women's athletics
Event(s) Triple jump

Inessa Mykolajivna Kravets (née Shulyak, Ukrainian: Інесса Миколаївна Кравець; born October 5, 1966) is a Ukrainian former triple jumper and long jumper. She was among the most prominent female triple jumpers during the period that the event was added to competition programmes at major competitions


Born in Dnipropetrovsk, her breakthrough in the triple jump came in 1991 when she broke the world record with a clearance of 14.95 metres in June. Her first major medals came in 1992. At the inaugural appearance of the women's triple jump at the 1992 European Athletics Indoor Championships she won the gold medal. Later that year at the 1992 Summer Olympics she claimed the long jump silver as part of the Unified Team.

She followed this with a gold medal at the first women's triple jump at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but due to a doping ban she did not compete at the debut of the event at the 1993 World Championships in Athletics, where Russia's Anna Biryukova took the title. In 1994 she won the long jump at the 1994 IAAF World Cup and doubled up at the 1994 European Athletics Championships to take long jump silver and triple jump bronze.

She jumped the world record at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg with 15.50 metres after studying a picture of Jonathan Edwards. The following year she won the Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, becoming the first ever women's champion in the triple jump.

In 1993, Kravets was banned three months for use of stimulants.[1] Kravets was suspended for 2 years in July 2000 after testing positive for a performance-enhancing steroid.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IAAF - Kravets Inessa Biography. Retrieved 2008-08-27.

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Preceded by
China Li Huirong
Women's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1991-06-10 – 21 August 1993
Succeeded by
Russia Anna Biryukova
Preceded by
Russia Anna Biryukova
Women's Triple Jump World Record Holder
1995-08-10 –
Succeeded by