|Born||March 4, 1983|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Event(s)||4 × 400m Relay|
On 30 November 2017 she was disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics, as a result of a positive doping test.
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. In August 2016, Gushchina and her three Russian teammates were stripped of their Olympic gold medal due to a doping violation by Chermoshanskaya.
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.
- Athlete biography: Yulia Gushchina, beijing2008.cn, ret: 27 Aug 2008
- Full decision regarding Yulia Gushchina at International Olympic Committee
- Payne, Marissa. "Russia stripped of 4×100 gold medal from 2008 Olympics because of doping". washingtonpost.com. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- IOC sanctions Yulia Chermoshanskaya for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008
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