Vita Pavlysh

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Vita Pavlysh
Personal information
Native name Віктоҏія Анатоліївна Павпиш
Full name Viktoriya Anatoliïvna Pavlysh
Nationality Ukrainian
Born (1969-01-15) 15 January 1969 (age 48)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Country Soviet Union (1987-1991)
Unified Team (1992)
Ukraine (1993-2004)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Shot put
Turned pro 1987
Retired 2004
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 21.69 m (1998)

Viktoriya Anatoliïvna Pavlysh (Ukrainian: Вікторія Анатопіївна Павпиш; born January 15, 1969 in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the shot put.

Pavlysh was stripped of her 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medal after she had tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol at the event in Maebashi, Japan. She claimed that she may have taken the drug to aid her recovery from injury. For this offence she received a two-year ban.

Five years later at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary she won the title again only to fail the drug test for the same reason. She was again stripped of her title and banned from athletics for life.[1]

Whether because of her drug-use or not, Pavlysh was famed for her very muscular lower body. During a state television show her middle-thigh was measured at 98 cm and her calf at 65 cm.

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