Nadzeya Astapchuk

Nadzeya Astapchuk (Belarusian: Надзея Мікалаеўна Астапчук, Nadzeya Mikalayeuna Astapchuk; Russian: Надежда Остапчук, Nadezhda Ostapchuk; born October 28, 1980)[1] is a Belarusian shot putter. She briefly was designated the Olympic Champion in 2012, but was subsequently stripped of the title for failing a drug test and the gold medal was awarded to New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams.[2] She was World Champion in 2005, but in March 2013, the IAAF reported that her drug test sample from that event had been retested and found to be positive.[3]

Nadzeya Astapchuk
Nadezhda Ostapchuk Doha 2010.jpg
Astapchuk at the World Indoor Championships in 2010
Personal information
Native nameНадзея Мікалаеўна Астапчук
Birth nameNadzeya Mikalaeuna Astapchuk
Born (1980-10-28) October 28, 1980 (age 40)
Bolshiye Orly, Stolin District, Brest Region
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight97 kg (214 lb)
Event(s)Shot Put
Coached byAlexander Yefimov
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
Outdoor: 21.58 m (2012)
  • Indoor: 21.70 m (2010)
Medal record
Updated on 13 August 2012.

Astapchuk was initially designated as the bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (but was subsequently disqualified from that too, because of a doping violation), and was the World Indoor and European Champion in 2010. Her overall personal best of 21.70 m that year is the fourth best women's all-time distance indoors.[4] However, IAAF has subsequently disqualified all of her results since August 2005. She is a four-time runner-up at the World Indoor Championships and a three-time World Championships silver medallist outdoors. She holds the Championship record for the former event, with her winning throw of 20.85 m in 2010. In continental competition, she was the 2005 European Indoor champion and came second at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. In addition to her withdrawn medals in Beijing and London, she was fourth at the 2004 Athens Olympics.


Born in Stolin, she was initially interested in basketball but the lack of a local team left her unable to pursue the sport further. Astapchuk instead entered throwing events and her first international title came at the age of seventeen, as she won the shot put at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Athletics. She was dominant at the younger levels and won at the 1999 European Athletics Junior Championships and then the 2001 European Athletics U23 Championships.[5]

She rose to top international level in the early 2000s, winning two consecutive silver medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and also finished as runner-up at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. She finished fourth at her first Summer Olympics in 2004, but reached the peak of her discipline the following year, winning at the 2005 European Athletics Indoor Championships and then becoming 2005 World Champion. Her career became overshadowed by Valerie Adams, who succeeded her as World Champion in 2007, although she continued to win major medals, including silvers at the World Indoor and Outdoor Championships and a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Her personal best is 21.70 m thrown at the Belarusian championships in 2010, making her the third best indoor thrower on the all-time lists.[6] She scored her first world indoor title at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, throwing a championship record of 20.85 m. She won further honours at the 2010 European Cup Winter Throwing meeting, easily winning gold ahead of compatriot Natallia Mikhnevich.[7] She defeated the reigning champion, Natallia Mikhnevich, at the 2010 European Athletics Championships to claim her first outdoor European Championship. She won all six of the IAAF Diamond League meetings that she competed in that year, becoming the inaugural women's shot put trophy winner, and suffered just one defeat in the entirety of 2010 – a runner-up placing behind Valerie Adams at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup.[8]

She decided to miss the indoor section of 2011 and instead struck a balance between training and resting her left knee. She had endured ongoing pain in the joint but remarked "I didn’t want to do something radical and have surgery as there is no guarantee of a speedy recovery".[8] Her first competition of 2012 came at the Belarusian indoor championships and she demonstrated her form with a world-leading mark of 20.70 m.[9] She had a best throw of 20.42 m at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships and this brought her the silver medal behind Adams.[10]

Turning to the outdoor season, she won at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing and reached 20.53 m to win the first leg of the 2012 Diamond League in Doha.[11][12] She managed only third at the Golden Gala at the end of May, but threw a Belarusian outdoor record of 21.13 m in Minsk two weeks later.[13] She threw further in July, having marks of 21.32 m, then 21.39 m in Grodno.[14] Immediately prior to the Olympics, she had a world-leading throw of 21.58 m.[15]

During the 2020–21 Belarusian protests, Astapchuk became a member of the Coordination Council of Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.[16]


Astapchuk won gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the day after which the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, awarded her the Third-class Order of the Fatherland in recognition of her “high professionalism, outstanding sports achievements and victory at the 30th Summer Olympic Games”.[17] However, she was later disqualified from the medal for testing positive for a banned substance.[18] She was tested twice, once on 5 August and again the following day after she had finished first. The IOC said both samples indicated the presence of the anabolic agent metenolone. New Zealand's Valerie Adams was subsequently awarded the gold.[18] Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko was moved up to win the silver medal (and was eventually disqualified for doping as well and stripped of her medal), and China's Gong Lijiao moved to take the bronze medal.[19] She received a one-year ban after her coach, Alexander Yefimov, admitted to spiking her coffee with metenolone without her knowledge after being worried about her performance, stating that he thought the drug would be clear before the tests were administered.[20][21]

In March 2013, Astapchuk was stripped of her 2005 World Championship title after samples from the 2005 event were retested by the IAAF.[22] In 2014 IAAF announced that she was sanctioned to four years ineligibility, ending 14 August 2016,[23] and that her results from 13 August 2005 to 12 August 2007 and since 5 August 2012 were annulled.[24]

On 12 January 2017 it was announced that because of a doping violation she had been disqualified from the 2008 Olympic Games.[25]


Astapchuk receiving her silver medal at the 2007 World Championships
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Belarus
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 1st 18.23 m (=PB)
1999 European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 1st 18.20 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 19th (q) 17.47 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 6th 18.65 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 19.24 m (=PB)
European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 19.73 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 7th 18.98 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 5th 19.07 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 2nd 20.31 m
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 20.12 m (=PB)
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 19.51 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 7th 18.33 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 19.01 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st 19.23 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 1st 19.37 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland DSQ Failed drugs test
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco DSQ
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia DSQ 18.13 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden DSQ 19.42 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 20.48 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 20.45
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd 19.74 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China DSQ 19.86 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar DSQ Failed drugs test
European Cup Winter Throwing Arles, France 1st 20.16 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 20.48 m
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 2nd 20.18 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 20.05 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 20.42 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom DSQ Failed drug test


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