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Olga Vladimirovna Nazarova (Russian: Ольга Владимировна Назарова), born 1 June 1965) is a Russian former athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres. She represented the Soviet Union. She won two Olympic gold medals in the 4 x 400 metres relay, in 1988 and 1992. Her 1988 split time of 47.8, remains one of the fastest relay splits of all-time. She also won World Championship gold (1991) and silver (1987) in the relay, and a 1988 Olympic bronze medal in the 400 metres.

Olga Nazarova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Olympic Games
Representing  Soviet Union
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul 4x400 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Seoul 400 m
Representing the  Unified Team
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona 4x400 m relay
World Championships
Representing  Soviet Union
Gold medal – first place 1991 Tokyo 4x400 m relay
Silver medal – second place 1987 Rome 4x400 m relay

CareerEdit

Nazarova competed for the Soviet Union at the 1987 World Championships in Rome, finishing eighth in the 400 metres final and winning a silver medal in the 4 x 400m relay, with 400m gold medallist Olga Bryzgina, Aelita Yurchenko and Mariya Pinigina. She went on to compete for the Soviet Union at the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, winning the bronze medal in the 400 metres. She then joined with gold medalist Olga Bryzgina, 400m hurdles silver medalist Tatyana Ledovskaya and Mariya Pinigina to win gold in the 4 × 400 m relay. That USSR relay team set a new world record of 3:15.17 minutes which is still unbeaten (as of 2017).[1]

Nazarova competed only in the relay at the 1991 World Championships, winning a gold medal, along with Bryzgina, Ledovskaya and Lyudmila Dzhigalova. She competed for the Commonwealth of Independent States at the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, finishing fourth in the 400m final. In the 4 x 400 metres, she won the gold medal, along with Bryzgina (who had this time won the silver medal in the 400m), Dzhigalova and Yelena Ruzina.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Soviet Union
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany semi-final 400 m 52.11
DISQ 4 × 400 m
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 4th 400 m 52.76
World Championships Rome, Italy 8th 400 m 51.20
2nd 4 × 400 m 3:19.50
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd 400 m 49.90
1st 4 × 400 m 3:15.17 WR
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 4 × 400 m 3:18.43
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th 400 m 49.69
1st 4 × 400 m 3:20.20

Note: The Soviet Union originally finished 2nd in the 4 × 400 m at the 1986 European Championships, before being disqualified for a lane infringement.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics - World Record progression". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved September 12, 2006.