Olga Ivanovna Kotlyarova

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Olga Ivanovna Kotlyarova ( Russian Ольга Ивановна Котлярова, English transcription Olga Kotlyarova ; born April 12, 1976 in Sverdlovsk, today Yekaterinburg ) is a Russian sprinter and middle-distance runner .

Olga Kotlyarova has been part of the Russian 4 x 400 meter relay since 1996 , but was also able to win international medals in the 400 meter and 800 meter run alone . With a height of 1.80 m, your competition weight is 65 kg.

Career until 2001

At the Junior European Championships in 1995, Olga Kotljarowa won gold over 400 meters and silver with the Russian junior relay. She won her first adult medal at the European Indoor Championships in Stockholm in 1996 with silver behind the German Grit Breuer and a hundredth of a second ahead of her compatriot Tatjana Tschebykina . At the Olympic Games in Atlanta, she was eliminated over 400 meters in the quarter-finals. With the Russian season she was fifth in the final.

In 1997 at the World Indoor Championships in Paris, the Russian relay won with a new indoor world record, ahead of the US and Germany relay. In the summer of Kotlyarova at the World Championships in Athens in 51.03 seconds in the semifinals. With the season she was fourth behind the seasons from Germany, the USA and Jamaica.

Olga Kotlyarova set a new record at the 1998 European Championships in Budapest. In 50.38 seconds she was only third behind Grit Breuer in 49.93 seconds and behind the Czech Helena Fuchsová in 50.21 seconds. The Russian relay took second place behind the German relay, in which Breuer, as the last runner, gave Kotlyarova no chance.

The Russian relay team also won the 1999 indoor world championships in Maebashi with a new indoor world record, followed by the relay teams from Australia and the USA in the medal ranks. At the Outdoor World Championships in Seville, Kotlyarova finished eighth in 50.72 seconds. The season won the world championship with 0.11 seconds ahead of the Americans.

At the Olympic Games in Sydney in 2000, Kotlyarova was again eighth in 51.04 seconds. With the relay she won the bronze medal behind the relay from the USA and Jamaica.

In 2001 at the World Indoor Championships in Lisbon she ran over 400 meters 51.56 seconds and finished second behind the Jamaican Sandie Richards in 51.04 seconds and in front of her teammate Olesja Sykina 51.71 seconds. With the Russian season Kotlyarova won gold for the third time in a row, this time before the seasons from Jamaica and Germany.

Thereafter, Olga Kotlyarova took a break from competition. In 2002 their daughter Tatjana was born.

Career from 2004

She celebrated her comeback at the 2004 World Indoor Championships in Budapest. For the fourth time she was indoor world champion with the relay, for the third time the relay ran a new indoor world record. The superiority of the relay was made clear by six seconds ahead of the second-placed relay from Belarus.

Although she ran the 400 meter best time in 2004, Olga Kotlyarova now increasingly turned to the 800 meter run. At the World Indoor Championships in 2006 she reached a final for the first time and was fifth in 2: 01.56 seconds. At the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006 , the three Russian representatives were considered favorites due to their previous times if a fast race should develop. Svetlana Cherkassova ensured a fast pace from the start, the other two, Svetlana Klyuka and Kotlyarova , profited from this and sprinted for gold and silver in the end. Due to her higher basic speed, Olga Kotlyarova won an individual title for the first time in a major championship with the European title.

At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Kotlyarova tried to keep up with the pace of the Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei Busienei . On the home stretch she was sprinted over by Hasna Benhassi and Mayte Martínez . In 1: 58.22 minutes, Kotlyarova took fourth place.

International medals

Best times

  • 200 meters: 23.35 seconds (1998)
  • 400 meters: 49.77 seconds (2004)
  • 800 meters: 1: 57.24 minutes (2006)


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

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