Vera Krepkina

Vera Samuilovna Krepkina (later Kalashnikova, Russian: Вера Самуиловна Крепкина (Калашникова); born 15 April 1933) is a retired Russian track athlete who competed for the Soviet Union at the 1952, 1956 and 1960 Olympics. At all these Olympics she finished fourth in the 4 × 100 m relay and was eliminated in the heats of the 100 m sprint. In 1960 she also took part in the long jump and won a surprise gold medal with an Olympic record of 6.37 m, ahead of the defending champion Elżbieta Krzesińska and the world record holder Hildrun Claus.[2]

Vera Krepkina
Hildrun Claus and Vera Krepkina 1960.jpg
Vera Krepkina (right) at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1933-04-15) 15 April 1933 (age 88)[1]
Kotelnich, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.59 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Sprint, long jump
ClubLokomotiv Vologda
Lokomotiv Kiev
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 11.3 (1958)
LJ – 6.37 m (1960)

At the European Championships she won gold medals in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1954 and 1958 and finished second in the 100 m in 1958.[3] She was a member of the Soviet team that set a world record in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1956, and she tied the world record (11.3 seconds) in the 100 meter dash in 1958. During her career Krepkina won eight Soviet titles: 100 m in 1952, 1957 and 1958; 200 m in 1952; 4 × 100 m relay in 1952, 1960 and 1965; and 4 × 200 m relay in 1952. In retirement she worked as a children's athletics coach in Ukraine.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Profile of Vera Krepkina (in Ukrainian)
  2. ^ a b Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ "European Championships (Women)". Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved August 15, 2011.

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