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Olimpiada Ivanova

Olimpiada Vladimirovna Ivanova (Russian: Олимпиада Владимировна Иванова, born August 26, 1970) is a Russian race walker. She has 4 medals from the major events.

Olimpiada Ivanova
Personal information
Full nameOlimpiada Vladimirovna Ivanova
National team Russia
Born (1970-08-26) August 26, 1970 (age 49)
Munsjuty, Chuvashia, Soviet Union (now Russia)
SportWomen's athletics
Event(s)Race walking
Coached byViktor Chegin


Her first gold medal was won in the 2001 Edmonton World Championships, where she beat the rest of the world with the time 1.27:48. A year later, in 2002, she won another gold medal at the 2002 European Championship in Munich.

The next major sporting event she took part in was the 2004 Athens Olympics where she finished second. The winner was the home hero Athanasia Tsoumeleka, who deeply moved the ecstatic Greek crowd by getting her country's first ever medal in the event (time 1:29:12). However, according to many people Athanasia Tsoumeleka switched to running, going against the main rule of race walking. Ivanova finished four seconds later and could not hide her disappointment. She did, however, win the gold for the 20 km walk in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, beating the world record. For this record she was added to the Guinness World Record book of 2007.

Ivanova was stripped of her silver medal in the 10 kilometer walk at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics after she had tested positive for stanozolol, and she was banned for two years. She is part of a group of over a dozen elite Russian race walkers, all coached by Viktor Chegin to receive doping bans.

Olimpiada Ivanova is married and has a daughter. Her passion is cooking.


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Preceded by
  Wang Yan
Women's 20 km Walk World Record Holder
August 7, 2005 – February 26, 2011
Succeeded by
  Vera Sokolova