Tatyana Lysenko

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Tatyana Lysenko
Tatyana Lysenko Daegu 2011.jpg
Personal information
Native name Татьяна Викторовна ԓысенко
Full name Tatyana Viktorovna Lysenko
Born (1983-10-09) October 9, 1983 (age 32)
Bataysk, Soviet Union
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 14 in)[1]
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)[1]
Country  Russia
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 78.80 m (2013)

Tatyana Viktorovna Lysenko (Russian: Татьяна Викторовна Лысенко, born October 9, 1983 in Bataysk) is a Russian hammer thrower. An Olympic, and two time World Champion, her career has been blighted by repeated doping infractions, in 2007 and again in April 2016. In May 2016 La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that a retest of her samples from the 2012 Summer Olympics, had tested positive for doping products, her third failure. If confirmed in the B sample, she stands to lose her Olympic and second World titles, and faces a lifetime ban from sport.[2]


Her first world record was 77.06 metres, achieved on July 15, 2005 in Moscow, beating the old record of Mihaela Melinte by 0.99 metres.[3] On June 12, 2006 she lost the record to Gulfiya Khanafeyeva, who threw 77.26 metres at the Russian athletics championships in Tula.[4] However, Lysenko threw 77.41 metres on June 24 in Zhukovsky[5] and 77.80 metres in Tallinn, Estonia on August 15.[6] On July 21, 2007 it was reported that she has failed a drug test, testing positive for a women's hormone blocker.[7]

In 2008 she was found guilty of using 6α-methylandrostendione and received a two-year ban (15.07.07 – 14.07.09) and disqualification of all results from 9 May 2007, including her world record of 78.61 m set on May 26, 2007.[8] Lysenko returned to competition in July 2009, taking the Russian title with 76.41 m.[9]

She won the gold at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and ranked third in the inaugural IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge at the end of the year, with a combined score of 223.96 metres for her three best throws.[10]

In 2011, she won her first world championship, beating pre-event favourite Betty Heidler, in the first world championships where the top three women all went over 75 m.[11]

She won the hammer throw's gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics with a new Olympic Record of 78.18 m.

She won the 2013 World Championships with a world leading throw of 78.80 m.[12]

In April 2016 it was revealed that she had failed another doping test.[13]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th 64.48 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 19th 66.82 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 72.46 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 76.67 m CR
World Cup Athens, Greece 2nd 74.44 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 72.22 m
2010 European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France 3rd 69.11 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd 75.65 m
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 73.88 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 77.13 m
2012 Olympic Games London, England 1st 78.18 m OR
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 78.80 m CR

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tatyana Lysenko's profile at the IAAF site
  2. ^ London 2012 positives return, in italian, 26 MAy 2016 Gazzetta dello Sport
  3. ^ "Lysenko demolishes Melinte’s World record with 77.06m". IAAF. 16 July 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Dolgopolov, Nickolai; Rostislav Orlov (12 June 2006). "World Hammer Throw record at Russian Champs, Day Two". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Dolgopolov, Nickolai; Rostislav Orlov (24 June 2006). "Lysenko regains World Hammer Throw Record – 77.41m at Znamenskiy Memorial". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Juck, Alfons; Marko Turban; Aivar Karotamm (15 August 2006). "Lysenko again! – 77.80 World record in Tallinn". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "World record holder Lysenko fails drugs test". ABC News. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Doping Rule Violation
  9. ^ IAAF report of 2009 Russian Champs
  10. ^ "Murofushi and Heidler take overall titles and prize of $30,000 each – IAAF World Hammer Throw Challenge". IAAF. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "IAAF: Women's Hammer Throw - Final - Lysenko upsets World record holder Heidler". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  12. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (16 August 2013). "Lysenko completes impressive hat-trick of global titles". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  13. ^ "Tatyana Lysenko: Russian Olympic champion fails doping test". BBC. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 

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Preceded by
Romania Mihaela Melinte
Women's Hammer World Record Holder
July 15, 2005 – June 12, 2006
Succeeded by
Russia Gulfiya Khanafeyeva
Preceded by
Russia Gulfiya Khanafeyeva
Women's Hammer World Record Holder
June 24, 2006 — August 22, 2009
Succeeded by
Poland Anita Włodarczyk