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Tatyana Romanovna Lebedeva (Russian: Татьяна Романовна Лебедева, born 21 July 1976) is a Russian athlete who competes in both the long jump and triple jump events. She is one of the most successful athletes in the disciplines, having won gold medals at Olympic, world and European levels. She has a long jump best of 7.33 m and holds the indoor world record mark of 15.36 m in the triple jump.[1]

Tatyana Lebedeva
Татьяна Лебедева 2013 Volgograd.jpg
Lebedeva in 2013
Personal information
Born (1976-07-21) 21 July 1976 (age 43)
Sterlitamak, Bashkir ASSR, Soviet Union
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Country Russia
Event(s)Long jump, triple jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)LJ – 7.33 m (2004)
TJ – 15.36 m(i) (2004)[1][2]
Updated on 20 February 2014.
Celebrating victory in Osaka in 2007.
Lebedeva leaping at the Berlin World Championships in 2009.


Her first successes came in the triple jump in 2000, when she won European Indoor gold medal and a silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She became the World Champion the following year in addition to a silver medal at the world indoors. After retaining her triple jump title at the 2003 World Championships, she decided to take up the long jump as well. The move paid dividends: she broke the indoor world record in the triple jump at the 2004 World Indoor Championships and won a second gold in the long jump with a mark of 15.36. She won her first Olympic gold medal in the long jump event at the 2004 Athens Olympics and also won the bronze in the triple jump competition.[3]

In 2005, she missed the World Championships due to injury, but became the sole winner of the IAAF Golden League jackpot, a bonus of US$1 million awarded to athletes who win their event at each of six designated European summer meets. That year, she concentrated on the triple jump.[1]

Lebedeva excelled at the 2005 IAAF Golden League, receiving the entire jackpot prize of US$1 million. She became European champion for the first time with a win at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in the triple jump. Lebedeva reached the podium twice at the 2007 World Championships taking long jump gold and triple jump silver.

On 25 January 2017, the International Olympic Committee sanctioned Lebedeva for doping at the 2008 Olympic Games, as a result she lost her silver medals for both the long jump and triple jump events in that Games.[4] Lebedeva appealed the IOC's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, however on 26 July 2018, the IOC's decision was upheld.

She won the long jump silver medal at the 2009 World Championships (her eighth medal on the world podium), although she could not match this form in the triple jump.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

In September 2002, Lebedeva and her husband Nikolay Matveev had their first daughter, Anastasiya. She announced that she was pregnant for a second time in 2010 (choosing to skip the 2011 season),[5] and gave birth to a second daughter (Aleksandra) in November.[6]

Personal bestsEdit

Type Event Best Location Date Notes
Outdoor Long jump 7.33 m Tula, Russia 31 July 2004 8th of all time
Triple jump 15.34 m Heraklion, Greece 4 July 2004 3rd of all time
Indoor Long jump 6.98 m Budapest, Hungary 7 March 2004
Triple jump 15.36 m Budapest, Hungary 6 March 2004 World indoor record
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Russia
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 10th Long jump 6.22 m (wind: +1.9 m/s)
3rd Triple jump 13.62 m (wind: +0.7 m/s)
1998 IAAF World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 2nd Triple jump 14.36m
Goodwill Games New York City, United States 2nd Triple jump 14.14 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th Triple jump 14.25m
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain 4th Triple jump 14.55m
IAAF Grand Prix Final München 3rd Triple jump 14.66m
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 2nd Triple jump 15.00m
European Cup Gateshead, England 1st Triple jump 14.98 m
European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 1st Triple jump 14.68m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Alberta 1st Triple jump 15.25m
World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd Triple jump 14.85m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 1st Triple jump 14.58 m
European Cup Bremen, Germany 1st Triple jump 14.89 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 9q2 Triple jump 14.09m
World Championships Paris, France 1st Triple jump 15.18m
1st IAAF World Athletics Final Monaco 1st Triple jump 15.13m
Russian Indoor Championships 1st Triple jump 14.60 m
2004 Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 3rd Triple jump 15.14m
1st Long jump 7.07m
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Triple jump 15.36m Indoor world record
1st Long jump 6.98m
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final Monaco 2nd Triple jump 14.96m
2005 IAAF Golden League European circuit 1st Triple jump Won US$1 million jackpot
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Triple jump 15.15m CR
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st Long jump 7.03m
2nd Triple jump 15.07m
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China DSQ (2nd) Triple jump 15.32m
DSQ (2nd) Long jump 7.03m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany DSQ (6th) Triple jump 14.37m
DSQ (2nd) Long jump 6.97m
2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 10th Triple jump 14.11m


  1. ^ a b c d Tatyana Lebedeva.
  2. ^ Tatyana Lebedeva.
  3. ^ Golden Lebedeva celebrates as coach scowls. ABC (7 March 2004). Retrieved on 2010-03-18.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Russia’s Zarudneva and Lebedeva have plenty to celebrate Archived 3 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (30 November 2010). Retrieved on 2010-12-01.
  6. ^ Tatyana Lebedeva set to return to action in January Archived 2 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (8 November 2011). Retrieved on 2011-12-01.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
  Ashia Hansen
Women's Triple Jump Indoor World Record Holder
6 March 2004 – present
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Maurren Higa Maggi
Women's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Irina Simagina