Natalya Dukhnova

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Natalya "Natasha" Stanislavovna Dukhnova (Belarusian: Наталля «Наташа» Станіславаўна Духнова; born 16 July 1966) is a retired Belarusian middle distance runner who mainly competed in the 800 metres.

She was born in Yaroslavl, but represented the club Grodno TU.[1] She competed at the 1993 and 1995 World Championships without reaching the final.[2] Her career peaked in the year 1994. She became European indoor champion in 1994,[3] and in the same year she won the silver medal at the European Championships.[4] She also finished third at the 1994 IAAF World Cup.[5]

She finished seventh in her special event 800 metres at the 1996 Olympic Games, and also competed in the 1500 metres without reaching the final.[1] She returned with a silver medal at the 1997 World Indoor Championships,[2] a seventh place at the 1998 European Championships[6] and an eighth place at the 1999 World Championships.[2] She also won a bronze medal at the 1995 Military World Games and silver medal at the 1999 Military World Games.[7]

However, she often failed to reach the final in large events. She reached the semi-final at the 1997 World Championships and 1999 World Indoor Championships, and only round one at the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2001 World Championships.[2]

Her personal best times were 1:57.24 minutes in the 800 metres, achieved in June 1996 in Gomel; 4:06.70 minutes in the 1500 metres, achieved in June 1997 in Saint-Denis; and 4:37.35 minutes in the mile run, achieved in July 1997 in Lausanne.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Natasha Dukhnova". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e Natalya Dukhnova at IAAF
  3. ^ "European Indoor Championships (Women)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "European Championships (Women)". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  5. ^ "IAAF World Cup in Athletics". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Women 800m European Championships 1998 Budapest (HUN)". Todor Krastev. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  7. ^ "CISM Military World Games". GBR Athletics. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 25 May 2014.