Liliya Nurutdinova

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Liliya Nurutdinova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  Unified Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 4x400 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona 800 m
Representing  Soviet Union
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 800 m

Liliya Foatovna Nurutdinova (Russian: Лилия Фоатовна Нурутдинова; born December 15, 1963) is a retired middle-distance runner who represented the Soviet Union and the Unified Team.

Her greatest achievement was the 1992 Olympic silver medal when she ran the 800 m in 1:55.99 min, her personal best time. She looked to have the race won, but, tiring, she moved away from the curb on the stretch, and was passed on the inside by gold medalist Ellen van Langen 50 metres from the finish line. She is also the 1991 World 800-metre champion where she held off Ana Quirot, Ella Kovacs, and Maria Mutola in a finish which saw Kovacs fall, the women jammed together, and the top four separated by less than two-tenths of a second. She was born in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

Doping ban[edit]

At the 1993 World Championships in Athletics Nurutdinova tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, and she was subsequently disqualified and handed a 4-year ban from sport.[1][2][3] She retired from the sport immediately after.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 2nd 800 m 1:57.52
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 3rd 800 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 800 m
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd 800 m
1st 4 × 400 m relay
Representing  Russia
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany DQ (7th) 800 m Doping


  1. ^ Phil Hersh: Dopers, Ex-dopers And `Hmmm' Take Spotlight, Chicago Tribune, 22 August 1993
  2. ^ Liliya Nurutdinova,
  3. ^ Butler, Mark (2015). "Doping violations at IAAF World Championships". IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 Statistics Handbook. Monaco: IAAF. pp. 75–78.

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