Irina Belova (athlete)

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Irina Nikolaevna Belova (Russian: Ирина Никопаевна Бепова; née Ilyichova born 27 March 1968 in Angarsk) is a retired heptathlete from Russia. In her early career she represented USSR, with a fourth place at the 1990 European Championships and a bronze medal at the 1991 World Championships. Her career highlight came in 1992 as she won an Olympic silver medal. In February the same year she set the world record in indoor pentathlon with 4991 points. She originally won the pentathlon at the 1993 World Indoor Championships, but failed a drug test and received a four-year suspension.[1][2] Upon returning she won two silver medals at the European and World Indoor Championships respectively. She retired after the 2001 season.

Personal bests[edit]



Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 4th Heptathlon
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd Heptathlon
1992 Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain 2nd Heptathlon, 6845 PB
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada DSQ (1st) Pentathlon
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd Pentathlon
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Heptathlon
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th Heptathlon
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 2nd Pentathlon
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 2nd Heptathlon
2001 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 4th Heptathlon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sports Reference - Irina Belova Archived 2015-10-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Istanbul 2012 - Notes on contents (PDF), IAAF, p. 45, retrieved 31 May 2015 

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