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Olimpiada Ivanova

Olimpiada Ivanova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Russia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens 20 km walk
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Edmonton 20 km walk
Gold medal – first place 2005 Helsinki 20 km walk
World Race Walking Cup
Silver medal – second place 1997 Poděbrady 10 km walk
Silver medal – second place 2002 Turin 20 km walk
Silver medal – second place 2006 La Coruña 20 km walk

Olimpiada Vladimirovna Ivanova (Russian: Олимпиада Владимировна Иванова, born August 26, 1970) is a Russian race walker. She has 4 medals from the major events. She was born in Munsjuty, Chuvashia.

Biography

Her first gold medal was won in the 2001 Edmonton World Championships, where she beat the rest of the world with the time 1.27:48. A year later, in 2002, she won another gold medal at the 2002 European Championship in Munich.

The next major sporting event she took part in was the 2004 Athens Olympics where she finished second. The winner was the home hero Athanasia Tsoumeleka, who deeply moved the ecstatic Greek crowd by getting her country's first ever medal in the event (time 1:29:12). However according to many people Athanasia Tsoumeleka switched to running, going against the main rule of race walking. Ivanova finished four seconds later and could not hide her disappointment. She did, however, win the gold for the 20 km walk in the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, beating the world record. For this record she was added to the Guinness World Record book of 2007.

Ivanova was stripped of her silver medal in the 10 kilometer walk at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics after she had tested positive for [[stanozolol

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