Olimpiada Ivanova

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Olimpiada Ivanova
Personal information
Full nameOlimpiada Vladimirovna Ivanova
National team Russia
Born (1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 48)
Munsjuty, Chuvashia, Soviet Union (now Russia)
SportWomen's athletics
Event(s)Race walking
Coached byViktor Chegin

Olimpiada Vladimirovna Ivanova (Russian: Олимпиада Владимировна Иванова, born August 26, 1970) is a Russian race walker. She has 4 medals from the major events.


Her first gold medal was won in the 2001 Edmonton World Championships, where she beat the rest of the world with the time 1.27:48. A year later, in 2002, she won another gold medal at the 2002 European Championship in Munich.

The next major sporting event she took part in was the 2004 Athens Olympics where she finished second. The winner was the home hero Athanasia Tsoumeleka, who deeply moved the ecstatic Greek crowd by getting her country's first ever medal in the event (time 1:29:12). However, according to many people Athanasia Tsoumeleka switched to running, going against the main rule of race walking. Ivanova finished four seconds later and could not hide her disappointment. She did, however, win the gold for the 20 km walk in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, beating the world record. For this record she was added to the Guinness World Record book of 2007.

Ivanova was stripped of her silver medal in the 10 kilometer walk at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics after she had tested positive for stanozolol, and she was banned for two years. She is part of a group of over a dozen elite Russian race walkers, all coached by Viktor Chegin to receive doping bans.

Olimpiada Ivanova is married and has a daughter. Her passion is cooking.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 15th 5000m 25:01.87
Representing  Russia
1993 World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 12th 10 km 47:02
1997 World Race Walking Cup Poděbrady, Czech Republic 2nd 10 km 41:59
World Championships Athens, Greece 10 km DQ
2000 European Race Walking Cup Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany 1st 20 km 1:26:48
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 1st 20 km 1:26:48
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 20 km 1:27:48
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 20 km 1:26:42
2003 World Championships Paris, France 20 km DNF
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 20 km 1:29:16
2005 European Race Walking Cup Miskolc, Hungary 1st 20 km 1:28:18
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 20 km 1:25:41
2006 World Race Walking Cup A Coruña, Spain 2nd 20 km 1:27:26
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 20 km DNF

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Preceded by
China Wang Yan
Women's 20 km Walk World Record Holder
August 7, 2005 – February 26, 2011
Succeeded by
Russia Vera Sokolova