Tatyana Kotova

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Tatyana Kotova
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Tatyana Kotova (right) won bronze medal in 2007 World Championships.
Personal information
Born (1976-12-11) 11 December 1976 (age 41)
Kokand, Uzbek SSR
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)

Tatyana Vladimirovna Kotova (Russian : Татьяна Владимировна Котова, born 11 December 1976) is an athlete who competed for Russia in the long jump. Her personal best jump of 7.42 m at Annecy in 2002, is the best distance achieved by a female long jumper in the 21st century (as of 2017).

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, nearly three decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.

Long jump track and field event

The long jump is a track and field event in which athletes combine speed, strength and agility in an attempt to leap as far as possible from a take off point. Along with the triple jump, the two events that measure jumping for distance as a group are referred to as the "horizontal jumps". This event has a history in the Ancient Olympic Games and has been a modern Olympic event for men since the first Olympics in 1896 and for women since 1948.

Annecy Prefecture and commune in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Annecy is the largest city of Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy, 35 kilometers (22 mi) south of Geneva.


Kotova won bronze medals in the event at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. She won three consecutive silver medals at the World Championships in Athletics from 2001 to 2005, also taking bronze in 2007. She had even greater success indoors, where she won the World Indoor Championships on three occasions, in 1999, 2003 and 2006, as well as finishing as runner-up in 2001 and 2004. She was later stripped of her 2005 World silver and 2006 World Indoor title. Her other titles include wins at the 2002 European Championships and the 2002 IAAF World Cup. She was third at the 2001 Goodwill Games and was the jackpot winner of the 2000 IAAF Golden League.

Bronze medal award usually given for third-place finishers of an event

A bronze medal in sports and other similar areas involving competition is a medal made of bronze awarded to the third-place finisher of contests or competitions such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. The outright winner receives a gold medal and the second place a silver medal. More generally, bronze is traditionally the most common metal used for all types of high-quality medals, including artistic ones. The practice of awarding bronze third place medals began at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, before which only first and second places were awarded.

2000 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVII Olympiad, held in Sydney in 2000

The 2000 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad and commonly known as Sydney 2000 or the Millennium Olympic Games/Games of the New Millennium, were an international multi-sport event which was held between 15 September and 1 October 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was the second time that the Summer Olympics were held in Australia, and also the Southern Hemisphere, the first being in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1956.

2004 Summer Olympics Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, held in Athens in 2004

The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and commonly known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home.

Life and career

Kotova was born in Kokand, Uzbek SSR, and grew up in Taboshar, Tajik SSR. She started to take up track and field in 1995, previously also practicing volleyball and basketball. Training in Barnaul, West Siberia, Kotova won a gold medal at the European U23 Championships in Turku, Finland, and in 1999 got a gold medal at the World Indoors in Maebashi. She was injured in a car accident in August 2000, [1] and went on to finish fourth less than two months later at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Kokand Place in Fergana Region, Uzbekistan

Kokand is a city in Fergana Region in eastern Uzbekistan, at the southwestern edge of the Fergana Valley. The population of Kokand on April 24, 2014 was approximately 187,477. The city lies 228 km (142 mi) southeast of Tashkent, 115 km (71 mi) west of Andijan, and 88 km (55 mi) west of Fergana. It is nicknamed "City of Winds", or sometimes "Town of the Boar". Kokand's name derives from the well-known tribal family group of "Kokan" who belong to the Kongrat tribe of Uzbeks.

Barnaul City in Altai Krai, Russia

Barnaul is a city and the administrative center of Altai Krai, Russia, located at the confluence of the Barnaulka and Ob Rivers in the West Siberian Plain. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 612,401.


Kotova managed to both win and lose medals due to doping. In the 2000 Olympics, she had initially finished fourth. She was promoted to the bronze medal nine years later, after original bronze medal winner Marion Jones admitted usage of performance-enhancing drugs during the Olympics. [2] However, in 2013, samples from the 2005 World Championships were retested and Kotova was found to have been doping. [3] She was stripped of her silver medal at the World Championships, and also of the gold on the 2005 IAAF World Athletics Final, with Anju Bobby George promoted to first. [4]

Marion Jones Athletics, sprinter and basketball competitor, BALCO scandal, performance enhancing drugs

Marion Lois Jones, also known as Marion Jones-Thompson, is an American former world champion track and field athlete and a former professional basketball player for Tulsa Shock in the WNBA. She won three gold medals and two bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, but was later stripped of the titles after admitting to steroid use. Jones did retain her three gold medals as a world champion from 1997 and 1999.

The 3rd IAAF World Athletics Final was held at the Stade Louis II, in Monte Carlo, Monaco on September 9, and September 10, 2005.

Anju Bobby George Indian long jumper

Anju Bobby George is an Indian athlete. Anju Bobby George made history when she won the bronze medal in long jump at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris. With this achievement, she became the first Indian athlete ever to win a medal in a World Championships in Athletics jumping 6.70 m. She went on to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Athletics Final in 2005, a performance she considers her best. Anju was upgraded to gold status from silver in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations, following the recent re-testing of the latter’s sample collected at the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki. She was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002. She had got 5th position with personal best score of 6.83 at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

International competitions

Representing Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 1st 6.57 m (wind: -1.1 m/s)
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan1st6.86 m
World Championships Seville, Spain13th (qualifiers)6.62 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia3rd 6.83 m
IAAF Golden League Jackpot winnerLong jump
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal2nd6.98 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada2nd 7.01 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia3rd6.84
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany1st6.85 m
IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain1st6.85 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom1st6.84 m
World Championships Paris, France2nd 6.74 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco2nd6.92 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary2nd6.93 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 3rd 7.05 m
2004 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco3rd6.65 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, FinlandDSQ (2nd)DSQ (6.79 m)
2005 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, MonacoDSQ (1st)DSQ
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, RussiaDSQ (1st)DSQ (7.00 m)
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan3rd 6.90 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China13th (qualifiers) 6.57 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain18th (qualifiers) 6.48 m

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Fiona May
Irina Simagina
Women's Long Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Maurren Higa Maggi
Lyudmila Kolchanova