Vera Krepkina (right) at the 1960 Olympics
15 April 1933|
|Height||1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb)|
|Event(s)||Sprint, long jump|
|Achievements and titles|
100 m – 11.3 (1958)|
LJ – 6.37 m (1960)
Vera Samuilovna Krepkina (later Kalashnikova, Russian: Вера Самуиловна Крепкина (Калашникова); born 15 April 1933) is a retired Russian track athlete who competed for the Soviet Union at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics. At all these Olympics she finished fourth in the 4 × 100 m relay and was eliminated in the heats of the 100 m sprint. In 1960 she also took part in the long jump and won a surprise gold medal with an Olympic record of 6.37 m, ahead of the defending champion Elżbieta Krzesińska and the world record holder Hildrun Claus.
At the European Championships she won gold medals in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1954 and 1958 and finished second in the 100 m in 1958. She was a member of the Soviet team that set a world record in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1956, and she tied the world record (11.3 seconds) in the 100 meter dash in 1958. During her career Krepkina won eight Soviet titles: 100 m in 1952, 1957 and 1958; 200 m in 1952; 4 × 100 m relay in 1952, 1960 and 1965; and 4 × 200 m relay in 1952. In retirement she worked as a children's athletics coach in Ukraine.
- Profile of Vera Krepkina (in Ukrainian)
- Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina. sports-reference.com
- Paul Taylor (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics : with a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medallists. Sussex Academic Press. pp. 234–. ISBN 978-1-903900-87-1.
- "European Championships (Women)". Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
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