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Yuliya Mikhailovna Zaripova (Russian: Юлия Михайловна Зарипова, née Ivanova (Russian: Иванова), divorced Zarudneva (Russian: Заруднева); born 26 April 1986 in Svetly Yar, Volgograd Oblast) is a Russian middle-distance runner who specialises in the 3000 metres steeplechase event.

Yuliya Zaripova
Yuliya Zarudneva Barcelona 2010-2.jpg
Zaripova at the 2010 European Athletics Championships
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Russia
Olympic Games
Disqualified 2012 London 3000 m st.
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Berlin 3000 m st.
Disqualified 2011 Daegu 3000 m st.
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Barcelona 3000 m st.
Continental Cup
Gold medal – first place 2010 Split 3000 m st.


Zaripova's first continental medals came at the 2008 European Cross Country Championships, where she won the bronze medal and silver team medal with Russia in the women's under-23 race.[1] The following year she became the Russian indoor champion in the 3000 metres and took part in the women's 3000 m at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships, finishing in seventh place.[2][3]

Zaripova attended her first World Championships that year and ran a personal best of 9:08.39 in the 3000 m steeplechase. Despite her relative lack of experience, this was enough for a silver medal behind Marta Domínguez and she beat her much more favoured compatriot, Gulnara Samitova-Galkina, who was the reigning Olympic champion.[4] In the summer the following year she won at the 2010 European Team Championships, setting a championship record, and also competed on the IAAF Diamond League circuit, winning at the DN Galan. She won the gold medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, defeating Domínguez on home turf in Barcelona. Zaripova closed her season with a win at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup in a championship record time.

She was awarded the gold medal in the steeplechase at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, improving from her runner-up placing in 2009. She began 2012 with a win at the Volgograd 10K in May.[5] She was awarded the gold medal in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 2012 Summer Olympics in a new personal best time of 9:06.72 but was later disqualified for doping charges. [6] In the DN Galan on 17 August 2012, she improved her personal best again, to 9:05.02.


On 30 January 2015, the IOC announced that Zaripova was sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation based on abnormal parameters of the athletes’ haematological profiles within the framework of the Biological passport programme of the IAAF. Her results from 20 June 2011 to 20 August 2011 and 3 July 2012 to 3 September 2012 were annulled and she was banned from competition for 2 years and 6 months from 25 July 2013.[7] On 25 March 2015, the IAAF filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration in Lausanne, Switzerland, questioning the selective disqualification of the suspension periods of the six athletes involved including Zaripova.[8] On 24 March 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport disqualified Zaripova's results from July 20, 2011 to July 25, 2013.[9] Zaripova was stripped of her 2011 World Championships gold medal and her 2012 Summer Olympics gold medal.

On 21 November 2016, the International Olympic Committee IOC announced that Yulia Zaripova tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol on a urine sample she provided after the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the 2012 London Olympics on Aug. 6, 2012.[10][11]

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time (m:s) Venue Date
1500 metres 4:04.59 Warsaw, Poland 7 June 2009
3000 metres (indoor) 8:54.50 Moscow, Russia 13 February 2009
3000 metres steeplechase 9:05.02 Stockholm, Sweden 17 August 2012
5000 metres (indoor) 16:02.81 Moscow, Russia 28 February 2010
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Bruxelles BEL 14 December. European Athletics. Retrieved 31 March 2010. Archived 2009-07-25 at WebCite
  2. ^ "2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships 3000m women results" (PDF). European Athletics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2009-04-11. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  3. ^ Zarudneva Yuliya. IAAF. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  4. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (17 August 2009). "Event Report – Women's 3000m Steeplechase – Final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
  5. ^ May 2012 AIMS Results. AIMS. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  6. ^ "Russia's Zaripova wins women's 3,000m steeplechase". Retrieved 8 July 2012.[dead link]
  7. ^ RUSADA: Russian athletes (athletics) recognised ineligible Archived 2015-01-30 at the Wayback Machine, 30 January 2015
  8. ^ "IAAF appeals six decisions recently made by RUSADA". IAAF. 25 March 2015.
  9. ^ "The decisions of the Lausanne (Switzerland) Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the Russian Athletes" Archived 2016-06-25 at the Wayback Machine. 24 March 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. ^ "2012 Olympic Women's Steeplechase Champ Fails Doping Retest". 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  11. ^ "IOC sanctions 12 athletes for failing anti-doping test at London 2012". International Olympic Committee. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.

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