|Representing the Soviet Union|
|IAAF World Cross Country Championships|
|1980 Paris||Senior race|
|1981 Madrid||Senior race|
|European Athletics Championships|
|1982 Athens||3000 m|
|European Athletics Indoor Championships|
|1983 Budapest||3000 m|
She was the first IAAF-recognised women's world record holder in the 10,000 metres with her time of 32:17.20 minutes. She also set an unrecognised world best in the 5000 metres, with 15:24.6 minutes in 1981.
Her first successes came under her maiden name, Yelena Chernysheva (also transliterated Elena Chernyshova), and she was the individual bronze medallist and team gold medallist at the 1980 IAAF World Cross Country Championships. She repeated that same feat at the 1981 event and won a third and final team title at the 1982 edition (leading the Soviet women in seventh).
On the track she competed in the 3000 metres. She won a silver outdoors at the 1981 European Cup, then won a bronze medal at the 1982 European Athletics Championships. She was a gold medallist at the 1983 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
|Representing Soviet Union|
|1980||World Cross Country Championships||Paris, France||3rd||Senior race||15:52|
|1st||Senior team||15 pts|
|1981||World Cross Country Championships||Madrid, Spain||3rd||Senior race||14:22|
|1st||Senior team||24 pts|
|European Cup||Zagreb, Yugoslavia||2nd||3000 m||8:49.99|
|1982||World Cross Country Championships||Rome, Italy||7th||Senior race||14:51.9|
|European Championships||Athens, Greece||3rd||3000 m||8:34.06|
|1983||European Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||1st||3000 m||9:04.40|
|World Cross Country Championships||Gateshead, England||21st||Senior race||14:21|
|1986||World Cross Country Championships||Colombier, Switzerland||49th||Senior race||15:54.9|
|7th||Senior team||140 pts|
- Rome City Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
- "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 551. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
- Elena Sipatova. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
- IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4.5km CC Women Paris Lonchamp Date: Sunday, March 9, 1980. AthChamps (archived). Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
- Yelena Sipatova profile at IAAF
- European Championships (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
- European Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
|Women's 10,000 metres world record holder
19 October 1981 – 16 July 1982
|Women's 3000 m Best Year Performance
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