Irina Robertovna Turova

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Irina Robertowna Turowa , after first marriage Botschkarjowa, after second marriage Mordovzewa ( Russian Ирина Робертовна Бочкарёва-Турова ; born May 14, 1935 in Leningrad ; † February 8, 2012 in Moscow , Russia ) was a Soviet athlete .


Irina Botschkarjowa was the daughter of the athletes Robert Ljulko (1908-1994; in the 1930s 19-time Soviet champion and national record holder in the sprint disciplines and in the long jump) and Galina Turowa (1912-1998; between 1934 and 1946 nine-time Soviet champion and national record holder in the sprint disciplines, in long jump and discus throw).

At the age of 17, the sprinter from Dynamo Moscow was Soviet runner-up in the 100-meter run and in the 4 x 100-meter relay and third in the 200-meter run and then took part in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki . In the 100-meter run, she was eliminated in the quarter-finals. In the 4 x 100 meter relay, she was the starting runner of the Soviet team, which was fourth in 46.3 seconds behind the relay from the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom. In 1953 Turowa was champion of the USSR with the 4-by-100-meter relay and the 4-by-200-meter relay and took second place over 100 m and third place over 200 m in the individual disciplines.

In 1954, she won her only Soviet championship title in an individual discipline over 100 meters and came second in the 4 x 200 meter relay and third over 200 meters. She received three medals at the European Championships in Bern . Over 100 meters she won gold in 11.8 seconds ahead of Bertha van Duyne from the Netherlands . The Soviet team with Wera Krepkina , Rimma Ultikina , Marija Itkina and Turowa won in 45.8 seconds with half a second ahead of the German relay. On the final day, Turowa was in the final of the 200-meter run . Here she won silver behind Maria Itkina in 24.4 seconds.

In Melbourne at the Olympic Games in 1956 , she entered after her marriage as Irina Botschkarjowa. After she had become Soviet champion again in the same year with the 4 x 100 meter relay, she finished as the final runner after 45.6 seconds, behind the relays from Australia, Germany and the United States this meant the same as in 1952 fourth place. In 1958 she was the last time champion of the USSR in the 4-by-200-meter relay and later came second again in the 4-by-100-meter relay at the Championships of the USSR in 1960 and 1961.

The Honored Master of Sport was the mother of the former Russian pole vaulter Pyotr Botschkarev (born November 3, 1967 ), who finished fifth at the 1996 Olympic Games . Irina Turowa died in 2012 and is buried in the Columbarium of Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery .

Top performances

  • 100 meters: 11.6 seconds (1954)
  • 200 meters: 24.2 seconds (1956)


  • ATFS (Ed.): USSR Athletics Statistics. London 1988
  • Ekkehard zur Megede: The Modern Olympic Century 1896-1996 Track and Field Athletics. Berlin 1999 (published by the German Society for Athletics Documentation eV )

Individual evidence

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