Vera Sokolova

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Vera Aleksandrowna Sokolova (Russian: Вера Александровна Соколова; born June 8, 1987 in Solianoy, Morgaushsky District, Chuvash Republic)[1] is a Russian race walker.

A gold medalist on the track at World Youth and European Junior level, she won her first major senior medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, taking the 20 km road walk bronze medal. She also represented Russia at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.

She won the 2011 Russian Winter Walking Championships in Sochi with a world record in the 20 km road walk of 1:25:08, knocking 33 seconds off the former record set by Olimpiada Ivanova in the 2005 World Championships final.[2] He continues to be coached by Viktor Chegin, after he has been suspended for a lengthy series of performance-enhancing drug suspensions against many of his athletes.

Doping case[edit]

In September 2015 IAAF confirmed that Sokolova was provisionally suspended after a sample from an out-of-competition control in Saransk in June had been found positive for a prohibited substance.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 9th 10,000 m track walk 47:59.14
2003 European Race Walking Cup (U20) Cheboksary, Russia 2nd 10 km 47:02
1st Team - 10 km Junior 3 pts
World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 1st 5000 m track walk 22:50.23
2004 World Race Walking Cup (U20) Naumburg, Germany 1st 10 km 45:29
World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 3rd 10,000 m track walk 46:53.02
2005 European Race Walking Cup (U20) Miskolc, Hungary 1st 10 km 44:09
1st Team - 10 km Junior 3 pts
European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 10,000 m track walk 43:11.34
2006 World Race Walking Cup (U20) La Coruña, Spain 1st 10km 44:49
World Junior Championships Beijing, People's Republic of China 4th 10,000 m track walk 46:58.21
2009 European Race Walking Cup Metz, France 10th 20 km 1:36:43
1st Team - 20 km 14 pts
World Championships Berlin, Germany 14th 20 km walk 1:34:55
2010 World Race Walking Cup Chihuahua, México 4th 20km 1:33:54
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 20 km walk 1:29:32
2011 European Race Walking Cup Olhão, Portugal 1st 20 km 1:30:02
1st Team - 20 km 14 pts
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th 20km 1:32:13
2013 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 2nd 20 km 1:29:18
1st Team - 20 km 6 pts
Universiade Kazan, Russia 20km DQ
1st Team - 20 km walk 4:32:34
World Championships Moscow, Russia 20km DQ
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 4th 20km 1:27:03
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 4th 20 km 1:28:24
2015 European Race Walking Cup Murcia, Spain 6th 20 km 1:27:08
1st Team - 20 km 9 pts


  1. ^ Maryanchik, Natalia (2010-05-07). Focus on Athletes - Vera Sokolova. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  2. ^ Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-02-26). Sokolova heads off Kirdyapkina to clock 1:25:08 World record - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
  3. ^ James Ellingworth: 6 Russian race walkers suspended over positive drug tests Archived September 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Associated Press,, 22 September 2015

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