|Born||March 4, 1983|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||62 kg (137 lb)|
|Event(s)||4 × 400m Relay|
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. Their time of 42.87 seconds was also the second time overall out of sixteen participating nations but in August 2016 they got disqualified after Kapachinskaya failed a drug test after the 2008 samples were retested. 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.
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 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
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