Olesya Povh

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Olesya Povh (Ukrainian: Олеся Повх (Olesya Povkh); born 18 October 1987)[1] is a Ukrainian sprint athlete who specializes in the 100 metres. Her personal best times include 11.18 seconds in the 100 m, achieved in August 2012 in London.[1]

She is an Olympic Games bronze medalist, World Championships bronze medalist, European Championships gold and silver medalist, and European Indoor Championships gold medalist.[2]

Early life[edit]

Povh is Jewish, and was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.[3][4][5][6] She graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports in 2010 and chose to focus on athletics full-time in 2011.

Running career[edit]

She had her first year of international competition in 2010. She reached the semi-finals of the 60 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and took a relay bronze medal with Ukraine at the 2010 European Team Championships. She gained selection for the 100 m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and was eliminated in the semi-finals. However, she went on to have success at the competition as part of the Ukrainian 4×100 m relay team: running with Nataliya Pohrebnyak, Mariya Ryemyen, and Yelizaveta Bryzhina, the team won the gold medal in a national record time of 42.29 seconds – the fastest mark in the world that year.[7] The team reprised their roles for the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, representing Europe, and took the silver medal behind the Americas team.[8]

She began 2011 with a 60 metres best run of 7.14 seconds, gaining selection for the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships.[9]

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London she and her teammates Hrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen and Yelizaveta Bryzghina took the bronze medals in the 4 x 100 metres relay by setting a new national record.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Povh Olesya Profile, International Association of Athletics Federations
  2. ^ Olesya POVH. "Profile of Olesya Povh". All-Athletics.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Fintzy, Uri (30 July 2012). "Final results for the Jewish athletes from the London 2012 Olympic Games". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ ".". Jewish Sports Review. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Olesya Povh – 2012: Silver medal at European Champions.". Sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Olesya Povh – Player Profile". Au.eurosport.com. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (1 August 2010)
  8. ^ 2010 Continental Cup 4x100 Metres Relay – W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 23 January 2011.
  9. ^ Ukraine’s Povh speeds to world-leading 60m. European Athletics (23 January 2011). Retrieved on 23 January 2011.
  10. ^ "International Association of Athletics Federations". iaaf.org. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  11. ^ USA smash world 4x100m relay record to win Olympic gold, BBC Sport (10 August 2012)