Yelena Gorchakova

Yelena Yegorovna Gorchakova (Russian: Елена Егоровна Горчакова; 17 May 1933 – 27 January 2002) was a Russian javelin thrower who won bronze medals at the 1952 and 1964 Olympics. Her 1964 bronze was a disappointment as she set a world record in the qualification that remained unbeaten for eight years.[1][2]

Yelena Gorchakova
Yelena Gorchakova 1964.jpg
Yelena Gorchakova at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born17 May 1933
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died27 January 2002 (aged 68)
Moscow, Russia
SportJavelin throw
ClubBurevestnik Moscow
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)62.40 m (1964)

During her long career Gorchakova had a fierce competition within the Soviet national team and won the national title only twice, in 1963 and 1965. As a result, despite being a world's top thrower she rarely competed internationally. Gorchakova won the javelin event at the 1961 Summer Universiade and finished fourth at the 1966 European Championships. She retired shortly thereafter.[2]


  1. ^ "Athletics – World Record progression". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 8 September 2006.
  2. ^ a b Yelena Gorchakova.