Irina Salomykova

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Irina Salomykova
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Women's canoe sprint
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1985 Mechelen K-4 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1987 Duisburg K-4 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1989 Plovdiv K-2 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1989 Plovdiv K-4 500 m
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1990 Poznań K-1 5000 m

Irina Salomykova-Vaag (November 28, 1961 April 12, 2015) was a Soviet-born, Russian sprint canoer who competed from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. She won five medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with a silver (K-4 500 m: 1985) and four bronzes (K-1 5000 m: 1990, K-2 500 m: 1989, K-4 500 m: 1987, 1989).

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The ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships are an international event in canoeing, one of two Summer Olympic sport events organized by the International Canoe Federation. The World Championships have taken place every non-Olympic year since 1970 and officially included paracanoe events since 2010; since 2012, paracanoe-specific editions of this event have been held in Summer Paralympic years.

Salomykova-Vaag also competed in two Summer Olympics for two different nations. At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, she competed in two events for the Soviet Union by finishing fourth in the K-4 500 m and fifth in the K-2 500 m events. Four years later in Barcelona, Salomykova-Vaag competed for the Unified Team by finishing ninth in the K-4 500 m event though she was eliminated in the semifinals of the K-1 500 m event.

1988 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIV Olympiad, celebrated in Seoul (South Korea) in 1988

The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.

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The women's K-4 500 metres event was a fours kayaking event conducted as part of the Canoeing at the 1988 Summer Olympics program.

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