Nadezhda Olizarenko

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Nadezhda Olizarenko
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow 800 m
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Moscow 1500 m
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1986 Stuttgart 800 m
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 1979 Mexico City 800 m

Nadezhda Fyodorovna Olizarenko (Ukrainian: Надія Федорівна Олізаренко; née Mushta; 28 November 1953 in Bryansk, Bryansk Oblast, Russian SFSR – 18 February 2017 in Odesa, Ukraine)[1] was an international track athlete. She represented the Soviet Union and competed mainly in the 800 metres race, in which she won the Olympic gold medal in 1980.


Olizarenko competed for Soviet Union in the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, Russia, in the 800 metres, where she won the gold medal ahead of country women Olga Mineyeva and Tatyana Providokhina for a Soviet clean sweep of the medals. This added to the bronze medal she won in the 1500 metres at the same games.

In 1980 Olizarenko set a world record and also her personal best over 800 metres with 1:53.43; this record stood until 1983, when it was bettered by Jarmila Kratochvílová. As of 2017, it is still the number two all-time mark in women's 800 metres. Since 1997, only Olympic Champion Pamela Jelimo has come within a second of the mark.[2] She won the gold medal in the 800 metres at the 1986 European Championships in Athletics.

She co-holds the current world record in the rarely contested 4 × 800 metres relay (7:50.17 minutes with Irina Podyalovskaya, Lyubov Gurina and Lyudmila Borisova).

She was married to the Ukrainian steeplechase runner Serhiy Olizarenko.


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Preceded by
Soviet Union Tatyana Kazankina
Women's 800 metres World Record Holder
1980-06-12 – 1983-07-26
Succeeded by
Czechoslovakia Jarmila Kratochvílová