Gulnara Samitova-Galkina

Gulnara Iskanderovna Samitova-Galkina (Russian: Гульнара Искандеровна Самитова-Галкина, Tatar: Гөлнара Искәндәр кызы Самитова-Галкина) (born 9 July 1978 in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan) is a Russian distance runner. In July 2004 she ran 3000 metres steeplechase in a new world record of 9:01.59 minutes. Early that year she won a bronze medal over 1500 metres at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
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Personal information
Born (1978-07-09) 9 July 1978 (age 44)
Naberezhnye Chelny, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Country Russia
SportWomen's athletics

Gulnara Samitova-Galkina is of mixed Tatar and Russian origin. She is a two-time national champion in the women's 5000 metres.

Samitova claimed the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in the 3000 m steeplechase, breaking her own world record in the final with a time of 8:58.81 min, becoming the first woman in history to run under 9 minutes for the steeplechase.

She won both the 800 and 1500 metres races at the Russian Team Championships in June 2009, clocking a personal best of 2:00.29 in the 800 m and a world leading time over 1500 m.[1]

She missed the entire 2010 season, including the 2010 European Athletics Championships, after she fell pregnant. She gave birth to her daughter Alina in June, and returned to training that autumn.

International competitionsEdit

Representing   Russia
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2003 World Championships Paris, France 7th 5000 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 1500 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 6th 5000 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 3000 m s'chase
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 3000 m s'chase
12th 5000 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 3000 m s'chase
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 3000 m s'chase
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DNF 3000 m s'chase

Personal bestsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Dolgopolov, Nickolai; Orlov, Rostislav (1 June 2009). "Galkina clocks 4:03.62 world lead in Sochi". IAAF. Retrieved 1 May 2016.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Women's 3000 m Steeplechase
World Record Holder

August 10, 2003 – August 27, 2016
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by Women's 3000 m Steeplechase
Best Year Performance

Succeeded by