Mariya Abakumova

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Mariya Abakumova
Abakumova in 2015
Personal information
Full nameMariya Vasiliyevna Abakumova
Born (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 38)
Stavropol, Soviet Union
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Country Russia
SportWomen's athletics
EventJavelin throw
ClubCSKA Moscow
Medal record
Olympic Games
Disqualified 2008 Beijing Javelin throw
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Moscow Javelin throw
Disqualified 2011 Daegu Javelin throw
Disqualified 2009 Berlin Javelin throw
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan Javelin throw
Representing Europe
Continental Cup
Disqualified 2010 Split Javelin throw

Mariya Vasiliyevna Abakumova (Russian: Мария Васильевна Абакумова; born 15 January 1986) is a Russian former track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw.


Abakumova discovered her love for athletics and throwing through her coach Irina Vladimirovna Kamarova.[1] Her parents were also active in athletics and served as role models.[2]

Abakumova is a two-time Olympian; she competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. In 2008 she initially won silver.[3][4] In 2012 she initially finished tenth.[5] She also initially won gold at the 2011 World Championships.[6] In 2013, she won the Summer Universiade with a throw of 65.12 m, and later that year she won bronze at the World Championships with a 65.09 m throw.[7][8]

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 stood to lose all results, medals, and records from the date of the original test to May 2016.[9] On 13 September 2016, her doping was confirmed by the IOC. Her results at the 2008 Olympics were voided, and she had to return the medal she won.[10] Abakumova appealed the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On 26 July 2018 the CAS dismissed Abakumova's appeal and upheld the IOC's decision.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Abakumova is married to the Russian javelin thrower Dmitry Tarabin.[13] In June 2014 she had twins who were named Kira and Milana.[14]

International competitions[edit]

Representing  Russia
Year Competition Venue Position Event Result Notes
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 4th Javelin throw 51.41 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 25th (q) Javelin throw 43.95 m
2005 Universiade İzmir, Turkey 8th Javelin throw 53.48 m
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 6th Javelin throw 54.25 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th Javelin throw 61.43 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China DQ (2nd) Javelin throw 70.78 m Doping
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany DQ (3rd) Javelin throw 66.06 m Doping
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece DQ (1st) Javelin throw 4.60 m Doping
2010 European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France DQ (2nd) Javelin throw 65.21 m Doping
European Championships Barcelona, Spain DQ (5th) Javelin throw 61.46 m Doping
Continental Cup Split, Croatia DQ (1st) Javelin throw 68.14 m Doping, CR
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea DQ (1st) Javelin throw 71.99 m Doping, NR CR
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DQ (10th) Javelin throw 59.34 m Doping
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st Javelin throw 65.12 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd Javelin throw 65.09 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 30th (q) Javelin throw 56.08 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "RusAthletics - Russian Athletics". Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ "How Abakumova's energetic feeling helped her premonition come true in Beijing | NEWS | World Athletics". Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  3. ^ "With dramatic last round effort, Spotakova sets European record to spear Olympic gold | NEWS | World Athletics". Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  4. ^ "How Abakumova's energetic feeling helped her premonition come true in Beijing | NEWS | World Athletics". Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Summer Olympics Bio - Maria Abakumova". Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Abakumova among winners in Adler, Adams opens big in Auckland, Lomong sets American record | REPORT | World Athletics". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Olympians Who Won a Medal at the Summer Universiade (6129)". Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Mariya ABAKUMOVA | Profile". Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  9. ^ Nick Butler (24 May 2016). "Russia could lose nine Beijing 2008 Olympic medals after retests of doping samples". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  10. ^ "IOC sanctions four athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". 25 January 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  11. ^ "26.07.18 - CAS dismisses the appeals filed by Ekaterina Gnidenko, Maria Abakumova and Tatyana Lebedeva" (PDF). Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  12. ^ "CAS dismisses Olympic appeals from Russia trio". Reuters. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Dmitriy TARABIN | Profile". Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  14. ^ "2014 births - Celebrity & Royal kids names". Retrieved 20 May 2021.

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