Safronnikava won her first international medal (a bronze) at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships, and entered the podium again in 2004. Anastasiya Kapachinskaya had crossed the line first and been awarded the gold medal, but this was later taken back after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol. This moved Safronnikava up to the gold medal position. Her winning time of 23.13 seconds was the slowest the title had been won in.
- 2003 world champion Irina Yatchenko announces her retirement[permanent dead link]. European Athletics (2010-06-04). Retrieved on 2010-06-07.
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