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. 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.
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.
- Maryanchik, Natalia (2010-05-07). Focus on Athletes - Vera Sokolova. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-03-05.
- 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.
- James Ellingworth: 6 Russian race walkers suspended over positive drug tests Archived September 23, 2015, at the Wayback Machine., Associated Press, bigstory.ap.org, 22 September 2015
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