Yuliya Gushchina

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Yuliya Gushchina
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Personal information
Born (1983-03-04) March 4, 1983 (age 35)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 4 × 400m Relay

Yuliya Aleksandrovna Gushchina (Russian: Ю́лия Александровна Гу́щина, born 4 March 1983 in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast) is a Russian sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres.[1]

On 30 November 2017 she was disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics, as a result of a positive doping test.[2]


Gushchina represented Russia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing competing at the 4x100 metres relay, together with Aleksandra Fedoriva, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya and Yevgeniya Polyakova. In their first round heat they placed second behind Jamaica, but in front of Germany and China. With this result they qualified for the final in which they sprinted to 42.31 seconds, the first place and the gold medal. Belgium and Nigeria took the other medals. The Jamaican team did not finish due to a mistake in the baton exchange.[1] In August 2016, Gushchina and her three Russian teammates were stripped of their Olympic gold medal due to a doping violation by Chermoshanskaya.[3][4]

With the 2017 announcement of the disqualification of the 2012 Russian 4x400 team, due to the doping violation of Antonina Krivoshapka, all three of Gushchina's Olympic medals have been taken away.

In the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Gushchina changed from the 400 m to the 200 m and competed, she reached the 200 m semi-finals but narrowly missed out to the finals, in the 4 × 100 m relay Russia were fourth in the final a great disappointment, Jamaica won, Bahamas 2nd and Germany 3rd.

In the 2013 World Championships, a controversial kiss between Gushchina and Kseniya[who?] occurred. At first thought to be a "coming out" gesture, or a political stance against Russia's Anti Gay laws. The kiss with her partner is not known whether to be a intimate moment between the two females, or a celebration. However, in Moscow Gushchina was successfully back to the 400 m and she won the gold medal at the 4 × 400 m relay.[1]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 11th (sf) 200m 24.12 (wind: +0.4 m/s)
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.72
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th 200m 23.59 (wind: 1.0 m/s)
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.55
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 200 m DQ
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 200 m 22.75
4 × 100 m relay DNF
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 200 m 23.18
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 100 m 11.31
2nd 200 m 22.93
1st 4 × 100 m relay 42.71
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 17th (h) 60 m 7.31
World Championships Osaka, Japan 5th 4 × 100 m relay 42.97
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:28.17
Olympic Games Beijing, China 4th 400 m 50.01
DSQ (1st) 4 × 100 m relay 42.31
DSQ (2nd) 4 × 400 m relay 3:18.82
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 17th (sf) 200 m 23.24
4th 4 × 100 m relay 43.00
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th 4 × 100 m relay 42.91
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 18th (sf) 200 m 23.26
6th 4 × 100 m relay 42.93
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.55
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia DSQ (1st) 4 × 400 m relay 3:20.19

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