Larisa Turchinskaya

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Larisa Turchinskaya
Personal information
Birth nameLarisa Nikitina
Born (1965-04-29) 29 April 1965 (age 55)[1]
Spouse(s)Vladimir Turchinsky[2]

Larisa Turchinskaya (Russian: Лариса Турчинская, née Nikitina on 29 April 1965) is a retired Russian heptathlete.

Her personal best result is 7007 points, achieved on 10–11 June 1989 in Bryansk. This result remained the European record, until Carolina Klüft achieved 7032 points at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics. This performance still ranks Turchinskaya fourth on the world all time-performers list.

She was the runner-up at the 1994 Hypo-Meeting with a score of 6596 points.

Turchinskaya won a silver medal at the 1990 Goodwill Games, but was later disqualified, after having tested positive for amphetamines.[3][4]

Turchinskaya was born in Russia, where she married the strongman and media personality Vladimir Turchinsky. In the early 1990s, after competing in Australia she decided to settle in the country.[2]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 2nd Heptathlon 6564 pts
1989 World Student Games Duisburg, Germany 1st Heptathlon 6847 pts
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, USA DSQ (2nd) Heptathlon
Representing  Russia
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany Heptathlon DNF
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st Pentathlon 4801 pts
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th Heptathlon 6311 pts
Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 2nd Heptathlon 6492 pts


  1. ^ Larisa Nikitina. IAAF
  2. ^ a b Динамиту – 55. Как живут близкие шоумена после его ухода. (28 September 2018)
  3. ^ "Athletics". Archived from the original on 4 November 2006. Retrieved 4 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Sports People: Track and Field; 2 Soviet Athletes Out". The New York Times. 25 August 1990. p. 26.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Women's Heptathlon Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Jackie Joyner-Kersee