Jelena Nikolajewna Nikolajewa

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Jelena Nikolajewna Nikolajewa ( Russian Елена Николаевна Николаева , born Kuznetsova, English transcription Yelena Nikolayeva ; born February 1, 1966 in the village of Akschiki, Chuvashia , Soviet Union) is a Russian athlete who began her career in the Soviet Union. At a height of 1.64 m, her competition weight is 58 kg.


Jelena Nikolajewa began her career for the Soviet Union in the 10 km walk, where she was fifth in the 1987 World Championships . Nikolayeva was also fifth at the 1991 World Indoor Championships over 3000 meters. At the first Olympic walking competition for women in Barcelona in 1992 , she won silver over 10 kilometers, with only one second behind the Chinese Chen Yueling in 44:33 minutes .

In 1993, Nikolajewa, from now on for Russia, was indoor world champion over 3000 meters, outdoors she took seventh place at the world championships . In 1994 she was fourth at the European Indoor Championships, at the European Outdoor Championships she won bronze in 42:43 minutes, at the same time as the second-placed Italian Annarita Sidoti and six seconds behind the Finnish Sari Essayah .

Nikolajewa also won bronze at the 1995 World Championships in 42:20 minutes ahead of Sari Essayah, but seven seconds behind the winner Irina Stankina from Russia and four seconds behind Elisabetta Perrone from Italy. At the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta , she became Olympic champion in the 10 km walk in 41:49 minutes and was 23 seconds ahead of Elisabetta Perrone. 1997 Nikolayeva was ninth at the World Championships , which in 1997 was held once on the track.

From 1999 the route for women was extended. In the 20-km walk , Nikolayeva took twelfth place at the 1999 World Championships .

At the European Championships in Munich in 2002 , Nikolayeva won her first medal on the long distance when she won silver in 1:28:20 h behind her compatriot Olimpiada Iwanowa (1:26:42 h). At the 2003 World Championships in Paris / Saint-Denis , Nikolajewa won gold in 1:26:52 h, ahead of Irish rider Gillian O'Sullivan in 1:27:34 h. At the 2004 Olympic Games , Nikolayeva came in 17th.

Best times

  • 10 kilometers walking: 41:04 min (1996)
  • 20 kilometers of walking: 1:26:22 h (2003)


  • Peter Matthews (Ed.): Athletics 2006. The international Track and Field Annual. SportsBooks, Cheltenham 2006, ISBN 1-899807-34-9 .

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