Olha Bryzhina

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Olha Bryzhina
Personal information
Born (1963-06-30) June 30, 1963 (age 56)
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Sport
CountryFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 4 × 400m relay

Olha Bryzhina (Ukrainian : Ольга Бризгіна, maiden name Olga Arkad'evna Vladykina; Russian : Ольга Аркадьевна Владыкина; born June 30, 1963 in Krasnokamsk, Perm Oblast) is a retired athlete who represented Soviet Union (until 1991) and later Ukraine.

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Career

She trained at Dynamo in Voroshilovgrad. Competing in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay, she was a particularly successful Olympian with three gold medals and one silver. At the 1988 Olympics the Soviet relay team set a new world record of 3:15.17 minutes which is still unbeaten (as of 2012). [1] Bryzhina also became world champion in 1987.

Bryzhina successfully defeated Florence Griffith Joyner at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 4 × 400 m relay. Both runners ran the final leg of the relay and took the baton at about the same time. "Flo-Jo" ran a well paced race, chasing Bryzhina closely, and tried to challenge Bryzhina at the 300m point. However, the challenge from Flo-Jo was unsuccessful and Bryzhina won by a 4m margin, taking gold for the Soviet Union along with a new world record for the USSR team. Bryzhina's time of 47.7 seconds in the 1988 Olympic relay is one of the fastest relay legs ever run by a woman in the history of track and field.

Bryzhina's 400m personal best of 48.27 seconds is the women's 4th best result of all time in a laned 400m race. [2] [3] [4] She achieved this in the same race that Marita Koch set the current 400m world record of 47.60 seconds on 6 October 1985 at the Bruce Stadium in Canberra (Australia). [3] [4]

Bryzhina's husband Viktor Bryzhin was also a champion track athlete, winning gold in the 4 × 100 m relay event at the 1988 Olympics. Together they have a daughters, Yelizaveta Bryzhina and Anastasiia Bryzgina, [5] [6] [7] who are also a successful track runners (competing for Ukraine).

Bryzhina and her daughter Yelizaveta both had a best performance of 22.44 seconds over 200m as of December 2012. [8] [9]

Personal bests

Achievements

YearCompetitionVenuePositionEventNotes
Representing Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1984 Friendship Games Prague, Czechoslovakia 3rd400 m 49.52
1985 World Cup Canberra, Australia 2nd400 metres48.27
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd400 metres49.67
DISQ4 × 400 m relay
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 1st400 metres 49.38
2nd4 × 400 m relay 3:19.50
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st400 metres 48.65
1st4 × 400 m relay 3:15.17 WR
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 4th400 metres 49.82
4 × 400 m relay 3:18.47
Representing Olympic flag.svg   Unified Team
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 2nd400 m51.48
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd400 metres 49.05
1st4 × 400 m relay 3:20.20

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References

  1. "Athletics - World Record progression". International Olympic Committee . Retrieved September 12, 2006.
  2. 1 2 3 IAAF profile for Olga Bryzgina Archived 2012-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 1 2 2012 Olympic Games Statistics - Women’s 400m, Athletics Weekly
  4. 1 2 START LIST 400 Metres Women - Round 1 Archived 2015-12-10 at the Wayback Machine , Daegu 2011 (27 August 2011)
  5. Romanization of Russian differs from Romanization of Ukrainian
  6. Russia dominates on day of upsets in Bergen - European Team Champs Day 2, International Association of Athletics Federations (June 21, 2010)
  7. (in Ukrainian) Єлизавета Бризгіна: Головне — не участь, а перемога, Ukrayina Moloda (July 23, 2010)
  8. Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (August 1, 2010)
  9. Lewis-Francis accepts blame for 4x100m relay disaster, BBC (July 31, 2010)