Irina Korzhanenko

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Irina Nikolayevna Korzhanenko (Russian: Ирина Николаевна Коржаненко); born May 16, 1974 in Azov) is a former Russian shot putter. She gained international recognition when she won a bronze medal at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships. In the following years she became European Indoor champion, European champion and World Indoor champion.


Korzhanenko tested positive for doping at the 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She lost the silver medal and was handed a two-year doping suspension.[1]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics she originally won the gold medal in shot put, but tested positive for stanozolol and was stripped of the medal. She later received a life ban from the IAAF in a Memorandum of September 21, 2005. Irina refused to return the gold medal, despite the pressure of Athletics Federation's officials.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 12th 17.88 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 8th 18.68 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 19.49 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 16th 17.80 m
World Student Games Catania, Italy 1st
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 3rd 19.06 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st
IAAF World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd 19.04 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th 19.35 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 20.64 m
IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 20.20 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 1st 20.55 m
World Championships Saint-Denis, France 4th 19.17 m
IAAF World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th 18.48 m

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  1. ^ Korzhanenko faces lifetime ban from sport,, 23 August 2004

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