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Olha Bryzhina

Full name: Olha Arkadiïvna Bryzhina (Vladykina-)
Original name: Ольга Аркадіївна Бризгіна (Владикіна-)
Other name(s): Olga Arkadyevna Bryzgina (Vladykina-), Ольга Аркадьевна Брызгина (Владыкина-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (171 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: June 30, 1963 in Krasnokamsk, Perm Kray, Russia
Affiliations: Dynamo Luhansk, Luhansk (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Viktor Bryzhin; Mother of Yelyzaveta Bryzhina.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Olha Bryzhina was the top female long sprinter of the World in the late 1980s and early 90s. Bryzhina competed at two Olympic Games and two World Championships and won three Olympic golds (1988 400 and 1988/1992 4×400) and Olympic silver (1992 400) and two World titles (1987 400 and 1991 4×400) and a World Championship silver in 1987 in the 4×400. She also won 400 silver at the 1986 European Championships. Bryzhina was part of one world record, when she ran the Soviet 4×400 anchor leg at the 1988 Olympics, helping set a world record of 3:15.18 in the final, as she held off Florence Griffith Joyner in one of the greatest races ever run. As of January 2014, the record still stands. Bryzhina was also Soviet 400 champion in 1984-86 and 1991. She is married to fellow Soviet/Ukrainian sprinter Viktor Bryzhin, who won gold in the 4×100 relay at the 1988 Olympics and their daughter Yelyzaveta Bryzhina is an Ukrainian sprinter who won two medals at the 2010 European Championships and a 4×100 m relay bronze at the 2012 Olympics.

Personal Best\: 400 – 48.27 (1985).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Women's 400 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold WR
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Women's 400 metres Unified Team EUN 2 Silver
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Unified Team EUN 1 Gold

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final 1 OR 48.65 3
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 49.33 8
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 51.90 5
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Six 1 QU 51.94 4
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final 2 49.05 3
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 49.76 5
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 50.68 6
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Round One Heat Three 2 QU 52.44 3

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 1 WR 3:15.18 47,81
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:27.14
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team EUN Final 1 3:20.20 49,5