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Liudmyla Dzhyhalova

Full name: Liudmyla Stanislavivna Dzhyhalova
Original name: Людмила Станіславівна Джигалова
Other name(s): Lyudmila Stanislavovna Dzhigalova, Людмила Станиславовна Джигалова
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: January 22, 1962 in Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Affiliations: Spartak Kharkov/Pr. Odesskaya
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

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Biography

Liudmyla Dzhyhalova took up athletics in 1975 and was selected for the Soviet national team in 1986. At the 1988 Olympics, Dzhyhalova ran in the heats of 4x400 relay, and won a gold medal when the Soviet team won the final in world record time. Four years later, Dzhyhalova was on the Unified Team’s 4x400 relay team that won gold. Her other relay titles included the 1990 Goodwill Games and 1991 World Championships in the 4x400. In the open 400, Dzhyalova won silver at the 1987 Universiade and 1990 Goodwill Games, and bronzes at the 1989 Universiade and 1992 World Cups.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, Dzhyhalova continued to compete, representing Ukraine and was scheduled to compete at the 1993 World Championships. But before the championships, Dzhyhalova failed an out-of-competition drugs test, testing positive for anabolic steroids and received a four-year ban from the IAAF, which effectively ended her career. Dzhyhalova won the Soviet 400 title in 1990 and 4x400 relay title in 1986. After her forced retirement from sports, Dzhyhalova worked as a lecturer of physical education department at H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University.

Personal Best\: 400 – 49.9 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Unified Team EUN 1 Gold

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1988 Summer 26 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 3 QU 3:27.14
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team EUN Final 1 3:20.20 50,1
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team EUN Round One Heat Two 1 QU 3:22.91
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