Mariya Vasiliyevna Abakumova (Russian: Мария Васильевна Абакумова; born 15 January 1986) is a Russian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw.

Mariya Abakumova
Mariya Abakumova Daegu 2011.jpg
Abakumova at the 2011 World Championships
Personal information
Full nameMariya Vasiliyevna Abakumova
Nationality Russia
Born (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 34)
Stavropol, Soviet Union
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubCSKA Moscow
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)NR 71.99 m (2011)


She won gold at the 2011 World Championships, where she threw a Russian and Championship record of 71.99 metres. This throw also ranks her second on the overall list.

Abakumova is a two-time Olympian; she has competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. She won silver at the former with a throw of 70.78 m and finished in tenth place at the latter with a throw of 59.34 m. In 2013, she won the Summer Universiade with a throw of 65.12 m and later that year she won bronze at the World Championships with a 65.09 m throw.

In May 2016, it was reported that Abakumova was one of 14 Russian athletes, and nine medalists, implicated in doping following the retesting of urine from the 2008 Olympic Games. Abakumova was named by Russian press agency TASS as having failed the retest, which was undertaken following the Russian doping scandal of 2015 and 2016. If confirmed, under IOC and IAAF rules, Abakumova stands to lose all results, medals and records from the date of the original test to May 2016.[1] On 13 September 2016, her doping was confirmed by the IOC. Her results at the 2008 Summer Olympics were voided, and she had to return the medal she had won.[2] Abakumova appealed the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). On 26 July 2018 the CAS dismissed Abakumova's appeal and upheld the IOC's decision.[3][4]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Russia
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 4th 51.41 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 25th (q) 43.95 m
2005 Universiade İzmir, Turkey 8th 53.48 m
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 6th 54.25 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 61.43 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China Disqualified (2nd) DSQ (70.78 m)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany Disqualified (3rd) DSQ (66.06 m)
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece Disqualified (1st) DSQ (64.60 m)
2010 European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France Disqualified (2nd) DSQ (65.21 m)
European Championships Barcelona, Spain Disqualified (5th) DSQ (61.46 m)
Continental Cup Split, Croatia Disqualified (1st) DSQ (68.14 m CR)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea Disqualified (1st) DSQ (71.99 m NR, CR)
2012 Olympic Games London, Great Britain Disqualified (10th) DSQ (59.34 m)
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st 65.12 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 65.09 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 30th (q) 56.08 m


  1. ^ Nick Butler (24 May 2016). "Russia could lose nine Beijing 2008 Olympic medals after retests of doping samples". Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. ^ "IOC sanctions four athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008 and London 2012". 25 January 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  3. ^ "26.07.18 - CAS dismisses the appeals filed by Ekaterina Gnidenko, Maria Abakumova and Tatyana Lebedeva" (PDF). Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  4. ^ "CAS dismisses Olympic appeals from Russia trio". Reuters. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2019.

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