Svetlana Tsarukayeva

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Svetlana Tsarukayeva
Svetlana Tsarukaeva.jpg
Svetlana Tsarukaeva, 2011 WWC
Personal information
Born (1987-12-25) December 25, 1987 (age 30)
Ordzhonikidze, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Weightlifting
Event(s) 63kg
Coached by Kazbek Zoloev
Updated on 07 October 2016.

Svetlana Kaspolatovna Tsarukaeva (Russian: Светлана Касполатовна Царукаева) (born 25 December 1987) is a Russian weightlifter.

She won the 2006 Women's Junior World Championships in the 58 kg category, with a total of 231 kg.[1]

Tsarukaeva participated in the women's -58 kg category at the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships and won the silver medal, finishing behind Qiu Hongmei. She snatched 108 kg and clean and jerked an additional 125 kg for a total of 233 kg, 4 kg behind winner Qiu.[1]

At the 2007 World Weightlifting Championships she won the silver medal in the 63 kg category, with a total of 250 kg.[1]

Tsarukaeva entered the 2008 Summer Olympics as the favourite for the 63 kg event, but she failed in all three of her attempts at 107 kg in the snatch and did not qualify for the clean & jerk. It was originally reported that she deliberately hit her head on the wall in frustration whilst exiting to the warm-up area, but video makes it clear that it was accidental, leaving her in floods of tears.[2][3]

Tsarukaeva allegedly won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's 63 kg event. However, on 27 July 2016, the IWF reported that, in the IOC's second wave of re-sampling for doping violations at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tsarukayeva had tested positive for the steroid dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[4] If confirmed, she would be stripped of the Olympic medal. The IWF has provisionally suspended her. On 5 April 2017 it was announced that as a result of retesting samples she had been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics for a drug violation, and her silver medal withdrawn.[5]


Med 2.png 2006 World Weightlifting Championships, -58 kg
Med 2.png 2007 World Weightlifting Championships, -63 kg


  1. ^ a b c "TSARUKAEVA Svetlana". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. 
  2. ^ "Russian weightlifting favourite hits the wall", ABC, August 12, 2008
  3. ^ "Defeat, Then Agony", The New York Times, August 12, 2008
  4. ^ "Eleven London 2012 weightlifters fail doping tests". Reuters. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "IOC sanctions three athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". IOC. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 

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