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Natalya Ivanovna Sadova (Russian: Наталья Ивановна Садова), née Koptyukh (born 15 July 1972 in Gorky) is a Russian discus thrower who has competed in many Olympic Games.

Natalya Sadova
Personal information
Native nameНаталья Ивановна Садова
Full nameNatalya Ivanovna Sadova
Born15 July 1972 (1972-07-15) (age 47)
Gorkiy, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Country Soviet Union (1989–1991)
 Russia (1993–2010)
Event(s)Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)70.02 m (1999)

She won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, Greece in 2004, as well as a silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and placed fourth in 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.[1] She also competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, immediately after serving a two-year ban for doping,[2] but failed to advance to the final round.[3]

She originally won the gold medal at the 2001 World Championships in Athletics, but lost it due to a positive drugs test for caffeine. She was later cleared and let off a suspension, but in May 2006 she tested positive for an anabolic steroid and accepted a ban.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sadova edges out Kelesidou" BBC Sport. (21 August 2004. Retrieved on 21 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Discus champ Sadova banned two years for doping (25 July 2006). ESPN. Retrieved on 21 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Natalia Sadova" ESPN fan guide to the Beijing Olympics.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Franka Dietzsch
  Nicoleta Grasu
  Suzy Powell
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Nicoleta Grasu
  Suzy Powell
  Irina Yatchenko