Olga Rukavishnikova

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Olga Rukavishnikova
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Rukavishnikova at the Moscow Olympics, 1980
Personal information
Born March 13, 1955

Olga Aleksandrovna Rukavishnikova (Russian: Ольга Александровна Рукавишникова) (born March 13, 1955 in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk) is a Soviet athlete who mainly competed in the women's pentathlon event during her career.


She competed for the USSR in the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow, in the Pentathlon where she won the silver medal splitting team mates Nadezhda Tkachenko and Olga Kuragina for a Soviet clean sweep in what was the last Olympic pentathlon leading to the introduction of the heptathlon for women.

She had the shortest ever reign of a track and field world record holder - 0.4 seconds. When she crossed the finish line at the end of the 800 metres, the final event of the 1980 Olympic pentathlon, her score of 4937 points was a new world record, but 0.4 seconds later Tkachenko finished and set a new record of 5083 points.