Kseniya Ryzhova

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Kseniya Ryzhova
Kseniya Vdovina Zagreb 2010.jpg
Ryzhova in Zagreb in 2010
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Russia
World Championships
Disqualified 2013 Moscow 4 × 400 m relay
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Doha 4x400 m relay
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Paris 4x400 m relay

Kseniya Olegovna Ryzhova, née Vdovina (Russian: Ксения Олеговна Рыжова; born April 19, 1987) is a Russian track and field sprint athlete, originally from Lipetsk. She was the 2013 World Champion in 4 × 400 m relay (running the third leg).

On March 7, 2014, at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, Ryzhova was tested for illegal substances, and the test subsequently revealed trimetazidine. She was disqualified for nine months.[1]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 19th (sf) 200m 24.68 (wind: -2.8 m/s)
7th (h)[2] 4 × 100 m relay 44.92
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 14th (sf) 200m 23.80 (wind: -0.6 m/s)
1st 4 × 100 m relay 43.67
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 12th (sf) 200 m 24.40
4th 4 × 100 m relay 44.16
2009 European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.59
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.44
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.34
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st (h) 4 × 400 m relay 3:20.94
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 7th 400 m 50.98
DSQ (1st) 4 × 400 m relay DSQ (3:20.19)
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland DSQ (4th) 4 × 400 m relay DSQ (3:28.39)
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4 × 100 m relay DNF
4th 4 × 400 m relay 3:24.84

2013 Moscow kiss[edit]

Ryzhova made headlines after winning gold in the 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, and thereafter kissing her Russian teammates as they received medals on the podium.[3] On 18 August 2013 SkyNews reported the photo of the kiss between Ryzhova and Yuliya Gushchina[4] as a political gesture but later retracted and said that there was a "huge debate on Twitter and other media about whether it was in protest at the government's anti-gay law"[5]—a law banning "homosexual propaganda" in Russia.

On an interview to the Italian news agency ANSA, the athletes denied that the kisses were a protest against the "homosexual propaganda" law[6][7] and said that such speculations were "insulting".[8]