Mariya Savinova

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Mariya Savinova
Mariya Savinova Turin 2009.JPG
Savinova in 2009
Personal information
Nationality  Russia
Born (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 31)
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Sport Running
Event(s) 800 metres
Club Dynamo Sports Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m: 1:55.87 (2011)

Mariya Sergeyevna Savinova (Russian: Мария Сергеевна Савинова; born 13 August 1985) is a Russian athlete who specializes in the 800 metres. She is best known for winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.


Savinova was born in Chelyabinsk. In 2009, she became the European indoor champion in the 800 m and the World indoor champion (also in the 800 m) one year later.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain heats (16th) 800 m 2:06.72
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 1st 800 m 1:58.10
World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 800 m 1:58.68
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 800 m 1:58.26
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 800 m 1:58.22
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 3rd 800 m 1:58.27
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 800 m 1:55.87
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 800 m 1:56.19
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 800 m 1:57.80

Doping allegations[edit]

In December 2014, a documentary aired on German TV in which Savinova allegedly admitted to using banned substances on camera. In the video the speaker's face is out of focus and her voice is dubbed into German.[1] In November 2015, Savinova was one of five Russian runners the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended to receive a lifetime ban for doping during the London Olympics, along with Ekaterina Poistogova.[2][3][4]


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Preceded by
Croatia Blanka Vlašić
Women's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Jessica Ennis