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Viktoriya Anatoliïvna Pavlysh (Ukrainian: Вікторія Анатопіївна Павпиш; born January 15, 1969 in Kharkov, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a former track and field athlete who specialized in the shot put.

Vita Pavlysh
Personal information
Native nameВіктоҏія Анатоліївна Павпиш
Full nameViktoriya Anatoliïvna Pavlysh
Born (1969-01-15) 15 January 1969 (age 50)
Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
CountrySoviet Union (1987-1991)
Unified Team (1992)
Ukraine (1993-2004)
Event(s)Shot put
Turned pro1987
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)21.69 m (1998)

Pavlysh was stripped of her 1999 IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medal after she had tested positive for anabolic steroid stanozolol at the event in Maebashi, Japan. She claimed that she may have taken the drug to aid her recovery from injury. For this offence she received a two-year ban.

Five years later at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary she won the title again only to fail the drug test for the same reason. She was again stripped of her title and banned from athletics for life.[1]

Whether because of her drug-use or not, Pavlysh was famed for her very muscular lower body. During a state television show her middle-thigh was measured at 98 cm and her calf at 65 cm.

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