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Irina Privalova

Irina Privalova
Personal information
Born (1968-11-22) 22 November 1968
Malakhovka, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Height 174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)[1]

Irina Anatoljewna Privalova (Russian: Ирина Анатольевна Привалова; née Sergeyeva on 22 November 1968) is a Russian athlete who has won gold at the Olympics.

She first competed in the sprint events, winning two Olympic medals in the 100 m and 200 m in 1992 whilst representing the Unified Team. Irina Privalova had been a formidable competitor during most of the 1990s but had not yet won an outdoor world championship gold medal. In 2000, she gambled successfully and switched to the 400 m hurdles discipline winning the Olympic title in Sydney 2000 in 53.02 s and a bronze in the 4 x 400 m relay team for Russia. It has been suggested that this change at the late age of 31 was because her chances of defeating Marion Jones (the overwhelming favourite for the 100 m/200 m double) were slim and the 400 m was also a repeat showdown between Marie-José Pérec and Cathy Freeman from the 1996 Atlanta Games. (That repeat showdown would not happen after Pérec left the Sydney games.)

Irina Privalova is currently the world indoor record holder in the 50 m (5.96 s), 60 m (6.92 s) sprints. She has also been the world indoor champion at the 60 m (7.02 s in 1991), 200 m (22.15 s in 1993), and 400 m (50.23 s in 1995) events.

Privalova is still running, achieving her best time in the 100 m for nine years in 2008.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Irina Privalova". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "IAAF Profile". Retrieved 26 July 2008. 

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sally Gunnell
Women's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Sonia O'Sullivan
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Daimí Pernía
Women's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Nezha Bidouane

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