Mariya Abakumova

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Mariya Abakumova
Mariya Abakumova Daegu 2011.jpg
Mariya Abakumova at the 2011 World Athletics Championships
Personal information
Nationality  Russia
Born (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 31)
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Club CSKA Moscow

Mariya Vasiliyevna Abakumova (Russian: Мария Васильевна Абакумова) (born 15 January 1986 in Stavropol) is a Russian javelin thrower. She won the gold medal at 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea where she threw a Russian national and World Championships record of 71.99 metres. She also won the Olympic silver medal in 2008. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and came in 10th place not breaking 60m. In 2013 she won the Universiade in Kazan, Russia with a result of 65.12m and later this year she was 3rd at the World Championships in Moscow with 65.09m.

In May 2016, it was reported that Abakumova was one of 14 Russian athletes, and nine medalists, implicated in doping following the retesting of urine from the 2008 Olympic Games. Abakumova was named by Russian press agency TASS as having failed the retest, which was undertaken following the Russian doping scandal of 2015 and 2016. If confirmed, under IOC and IAAF rules, Abakumova stands to lose all results, medals and records from the date of the original test to May 2016.[1] On 13 of September 2016 her doping was confirmed by the IOC. Her result in the 2008 Summer Olympics were voided, and she had to return the medal she had won.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 4th 51.41 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 25th (q) 43.95 m
2005 Universiade İzmir, Turkey 8th 53.48 m
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 6th 54.25 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 61.43 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China Disqualified DSQ (70.78 m)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 66.06 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 1st 64.60 m
2010 European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France 2nd 65.21 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th 61.46 m
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 68.14 m CR
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 71.99 m NR, CR
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain 10th 59.34 m
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st 65.12 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 65.09 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 30th (q) 56.08 m