|Born||June 30, 1963|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|Country|| Soviet Union
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||4 × 100m relay|
Olha Bryzhina (Ukrainian: Ольга Бризгіна, maiden name Olga Arkad'evna Vladykina; Russian: Ольга Аркадьевна Владыкина; born June 30, 1963 in Krasnokamsk, Perm Oblast) is a retired athlete who represented Soviet Union (until 1991) and later Ukraine.
She trained at Dynamo in Voroshilovgrad. Competing in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay, she was a particularly successful Olympian with three gold medals and one silver. At the 1988 Olympics the Soviet relay team set a new world record of 3:15.17 minutes which is still unbeaten (as of 2012[update]). Bryzhina also became world champion in 1987.
Bryzhina successfully defeated Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 4 × 400 m relay. Both runners ran the final leg of the relay and took the baton at about the same time. "Flo-Jo" ran a well paced race, chasing Bryzhina closely, and tried to challenge Bryzhina at the 300m point. However, the challenge from Flo-Jo was unsuccessful and Bryzhina won by a 4m margin, taking gold for the Soviet Union along with a new world record for the USSR team. Bryzhina's time of 47.7 seconds in the 1988 Olympic relay is one of the fastest relay legs ever run by a woman in the history of track and field.
Bryzhina's 400m personal best of 48.27 seconds is the women's 4th best result of all time in a laned 400m race. She achieved this in the same race that Marita Koch set the current 400m world record of 47.60 seconds on 6 October 1985 at the Bruce Stadium in Canberra (Australia).
Bryzhina's husband Viktor Bryzhin was also a champion track athlete, winning gold in the 4 × 100 m relay event at the 1988 Olympics. Together they have a daughter, Yelizaveta Bryzhina, who is also a successful track runner, specialising in the 200m sprint event (Yelizaveta competes for Ukraine).
|Representing Soviet Union|
|1985||World Cup||Canberra, Australia||2nd||400 metres||48.27|
|1986||European Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||400 metres||49.67|
|DISQ||4 × 400 m relay|
|1987||World Championships||Rome, Italy||1st||400 metres||49.38|
|2nd||4 × 400 m relay||3:19.50|
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||1st||400 metres||48.65|
|1st||4 × 400 m relay||3:15.17 WR|
|1991||World Championships||Tokyo, Japan||4th||400 metres||49.82|
|4 × 400 m relay||3:18.47|
|Representing Unified Team|
|1992||Olympic Games||Barcelona, Spain||2nd||400 metres||49.05|
|1st||4 × 400 m relay||3:20.20|
- "Athletics - World Record progression" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved September 12, 2006.
- IAAF profile for Olga Bryzgina
- 2012 Olympic Games Statistics - Women’s 400m, Athletics Weekly
- START LIST 400 Metres Women - Round 1, Daegu 2011 (27 August 2011)
- Romanization of Russian differs from Romanization of Ukrainian
- Russia dominates on day of upsets in Bergen - European Team Champs Day 2, International Association of Athletics Federations (June 21, 2010)
- (in Ukrainian) Єлизавета Бризгіна: Головне — не участь, а перемога, Ukrayina Moloda (July 23, 2010)
- Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (August 1, 2010)
- Lewis-Francis accepts blame for 4x100m relay disaster, BBC (July 31, 2010)