Yelena Nikolayeva

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Yelena Nikolayevna Nikolayeva (Russian: Елена Николаевна Николаева, born February 1, 1966 in Akshiki, Chuvashia) is a Russian race walker.

Her first international achievement was a fifth place at the 1987 World Championships, something which happened again at the 1991 World Indoor Championships. One year later she won an Olympic silver medal behind Chen Yueling. Success followed over the next years, and in 1996 she became the second and last Olympic champion in the 10 kilometres distance, which was replaced by 20 km. Proving to handle the longer distance as well, she won the title at the 2003 World Championships in Paris.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1987 World Race Walking Cup New York City, United States 5th 10 km
World Championships Rome, Italy 5th 10 km
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 5th 3000 m
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd 10 km
Representing  Russia
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 1st 3000 m
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th 10 km
World Race Walking Cup Monterrey, Mexico 3rd 10 km
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 3000 m[1]
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 10 km
1995 World Race Walking Cup Beijing, China 2nd 10 km
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 10 km
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 1st 10 km
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 9th 10 km
1999 World Race Walking Cup Mézidon-Canon, France 4th 20 km
World Championships Seville, Spain 12th 20 km
2001 European Race Walking Cup Dudince, Slovakia 5th 20 km
World Championships Edmonton, Canada DSQ 20 km
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 2nd 20 km
World Race Walking Cup Turin, Italy 4th 20 km
2003 European Race Walking Cup Cheboksary, Russia 1st 20 km
World Championships Paris, France 1st 20 km
2004 World Race Walking Cup Naumburg, Germany 1st 20 km
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 17th 20 km


Preceded by
Larisa Ramazanova
Women's 10km Walk World Record Holder
April 20, 1996 – present
Succeeded by