Olha Bryzhina

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Olha Bryzhina
Personal information
Born (1963-06-30) June 30, 1963 (age 53)
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 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).[1] 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.[2][3][4] 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).[3][4]

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,[5][6][7] who is also a successful track runner, specialising in the 200m sprint event (Yelizaveta competes for Ukraine).

Bryzhina and her daughter Yelizaveta both had a best performance of 22.44 seconds over 200m as of December 2012.[8][9]

Personal bests[edit]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
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 Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd 400 metres 49.05
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:20.20


  1. ^ "Athletics - World Record progression" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved September 12, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c IAAF profile for Olga Bryzgina
  3. ^ a b 2012 Olympic Games Statistics - Women’s 400m, Athletics Weekly
  4. ^ a b START LIST 400 Metres Women - Round 1, Daegu 2011 (27 August 2011)
  5. ^ Romanization of Russian differs from Romanization of Ukrainian
  6. ^ Russia dominates on day of upsets in Bergen - European Team Champs Day 2, International Association of Athletics Federations (June 21, 2010)
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian) Єлизавета Бризгіна: Головне — не участь, а перемога, Ukrayina Moloda (July 23, 2010)
  8. ^ Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (August 1, 2010)
  9. ^ Lewis-Francis accepts blame for 4x100m relay disaster, BBC (July 31, 2010)

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