Vera Krepkina (right) at the 1960 Olympics
|Born||16 April 1933 (age 83)
|Height||1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||58 kg (128 lb)|
|Event(s)||Sprint, long jump|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||100 m – 11.3 (1958)
LJ – 6.37 m (1960)
Vera Samuilovna Krepkina (later Kalashnikova, Russian: Вера Самуиловна Крепкина (Калашникова); born 16 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 a 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.
- 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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