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Tatyana Pavlovna Firova (Russian: Татьяна Павловна Фирова; born October 10, 1982 in Sarov) is a Russian sprint athlete. Firova won the silver medal in the 4 × 400 m relay at the 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics. At the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, she finished second behind American athlete Debbie Dunn in the 400 metres, obtaining her first individual world silver medal. She won the 400 m in the European Championships in Barcelona in the summer of 2010.

Tatyana Firova
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Personal information
Born (1982-10-10) October 10, 1982 (age 37)
Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Country Russia
Event(s)4 × 400 m relay

In 2016, it was announced that a reanalysis of samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics resulted in a doping violation by Firova. She was disqualified from the competition, and she and her teammates were stripped of their 4 × 400 m relay silver medals.[1] She has explained that using banned substances was necessary for achieving good results: “A normal person can take banned substances if they want to. So why can't athletes take them as well? How else can we achieve high results?” [2]

In February 2019, the Court of Arbitration for Sport handed her a four-year ban for doping, starting from 9 June 2016 and all of her results from 20 August 2008 to 31 December 2012 were disqualified.[3]


  1. ^ "IOC sanctions six athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008". 31 August 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Russia doping scandal: Tatyana Firova suggests athletes should be able to take banned substances". 8 June 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Doping bans for 12 Russian athletes including 2012 Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2019.

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