|Born||June 30, 1963|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||63 kg (139 lb)|
|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.
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 [update] ). 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.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).
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,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.
|1984||Friendship Games||Prague, Czechoslovakia||3rd||400 m||49.52|
|1985||World Cup||Canberra, Australia||2nd||400 metres||48.27|
|1986||European Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||400 metres||49.67|
|DISQ||4 × 400 m relay|
|1987||World Championships||Rome, Italy||1st||400 metres||49.38|
|2nd||4 × 400 m relay||3:19.50|
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||1st||400 metres||48.65|
|1st||4 × 400 m relay||3:15.17 WR|
|1991||World Championships||Tokyo, Japan||4th||400 metres||49.82|
|4 × 400 m relay||3:18.47|
|1992||European Indoor Championships||Genoa, Italy||2nd||400 m||51.48|
|Olympic Games||Barcelona, Spain||2nd||400 metres||49.05|
|1st||4 × 400 m relay||3:20.20|
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