Maria Itkina

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Maria Itkina
Maria Itkina 1964.jpg
Maria Itkina at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born 3 February 1932 (1932-02-03) (age 85)
Roslavl, Russia
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 60–400 m
Club Spartak Minsk
Dynamo Minsk
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m – 11.4 (1960)
200 m – 23.4 (1956)
400 m – 52.9 (1965)

Maria (also "Mariya" and "Marina") Leontievna Itkina (Belarusian: Марыя Лявонцеўна Іткіна; Russian: Мария Леонтьевна Иткина; born 3 February 1932) is a retired Soviet runner who set multiple world records in various sprint events. She competed at the 1956 and 1960 and 1964 Olympics and finished four times in fourth place.[1] Domestically Itkina held 17 Soviet sprint titles.[2]

Competitions[edit]

Itkina won four European titles: one in the 200 m (24.3 s, 1954), one in the 4 × 100 m relay (1954),[2][3] and two in the 400 m (53.7 s in 1958 and 53.4 s in 1962).[2][3] She also won the 200 m sprint at the 1957 World University Games in Paris, in 24.6 seconds.[4]

In her three Olympics, Itkina came in fourth in four events: the 4 × 100 m relay in 1956 and 1960, and the 100 m and 200 m sprint in 1960; she finished fifth in the 400 m in 1964. Her differences with the bronze medalists in the individual events were 0.06, 0.03 and 0.2 seconds, respectively.[1][2][5][6] In 1956 she was eliminated in the 200 m semi-finals coming in 0.01 seconds behind the qualifier Norma Croker.[7]

Records[edit]

In July 1956, Itkina set a 220-yard world record of 23.6 seconds,[2] yet her favorite events were 400 m and 440 yd, in which she set at least four world records between 1957 and 1962. In 1960 she ran her personal best of 11.4 seconds in the 100 meter sprint, which remained a world-top level result for many decades.[2][8] In 1961, she tied the indoor 60 meter world record of 7.3 seconds,[9] and in 1963 she was part of the Soviet 800-meter relay team that set a world record of 1.34.7.[2][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Itkina is Jewish. She was born in Roslavl, Russia, and later lived in Minsk.[1][9][12] In 1991 she was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1991.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mariya Itkina". Sports-reference.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Maria Leontyavna Itkina". Jewishsports.net. 
  3. ^ a b "European Championships (Women)". Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  4. ^ WORLD STUDENT GAMES (PRE-UNIVERSIADE). gbrathletics.com
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games: Women's 100 metres Final". Sports-reference.com. 2 September 1960. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Final". Sports-reference.com. 5 September 1960. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Women's 200 metres Semi-Finals". Sports-reference.com. 29 November 1956. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "100-Meter Dash is Won in 0:11.4; Maria Itkins of U.S.S.R. Has Fastest Time of Year for Woman Athlete". The New York Times. 3 July 1960. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Miss Cuthbert Loses Record". The Age. 15 September 1959. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Soviet Sprinters Claim World Mark". St. Joseph News-Press. 18 August 1963. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Russians Equal Olympic Record; Barteniev and Toukarev do 0:10.3 for 100 Meters". The New York Times. 15 November 1956. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
Records
Preceded by
Soviet Union Polina Lazareva
Women's 400 metres World Record Holder
8 June 1957 — 23 October 1962
Succeeded by
North Korea Shin Geum-Dan