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Vira Kalashnykova-Krepkina

Full name: Vira Samuïlivna Kalashnykova-Krepkina
Original name: Віра Самуїлівна Калашникова-Крепкіна
Other name(s): Vera Samoylovna Kalashnikova-Krepkina, Вера Самойловна Калашникова-Крепкина
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (159 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: April 15, 1933 in Kotelnich, Kirov, Russia
Affiliations: Lokomotiv Vologda/Lokomotiv Kyiv
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Vira Krepkina (née Kalashnykova) was one of the top Soviet female sprinters in the 1950s. During her career, Krepkina competed at three consecutive Olympics, starting in 1952, and was fourth with the Soviet 4×100 relay team three times. She was also eliminated in the quarter-finals of the 100 metres in 1952 and 1956, and in the first round of the 100 in 1960, but her best achievement in major internationals came in the 1960 Olympic long jump, where she won a surprising gold medal. Before the 1960 Olympics, Krepkina had competed rarely in long jump although she had won the long jump at the 1959 USA-USSR dual match held in Philadelphia. At the Olympics, Krepkina was not considered a favorite, but after taking a lead in the third round of the final with 6.22 and then leaping 6.37 in round four, which would remain her personal best in long jump, Krepkina won the gold medal over defending champion Elżbieta Krzesińska and world record holder Hildrun Claus. Krepkina also competed at two European Championships during her career, winning a 4×100 relay gold in 1954 and 1958, and a 100 silver in 1958. Krepkina also set four world records during her career. In 1958 she equaled the 100 world record of 11.3; was on two Soviet 4×100 relay teams that set two world records – 45.6 in 1953 and 45.2 in 1956; and in 1953 ran on a 4×200 relay team that recorded 1:36.4. Krepkina won eight Soviet titles – 100 in 1952, 1957 and 1958; 200 in 1952; 4×100 relay in 1952, 1960 and 1965; and 4×200 relay in 1952. Krepkina worked as a children's coach in Ukraine after retiring from sports.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 11.3 (1958); LJ – 6.37 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Women's 100 metres Soviet Union URS 5 h2 r3/4
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 4
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Women's 100 metres Soviet Union URS 5 h2 r2/3
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 4
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Women's 100 metres Soviet Union URS 6 h1 r3/4
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 4
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Women's Long Jump Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 12.1 12.41
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 12.1 12.26
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Nine 2 QU 12.2 12.32
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 11.9 12.07
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat One 2 QU 11.9 12.08
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 6 12.0 12.08
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 12.0 12.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Seven 1 QU 11.8 11.97

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 4 46.3 46.42 2
1952 Summer 19 Helsinki Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Three 2 QU 46.7 47.01
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 4 45.6 45.81 5
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 3 QU 46.1 46.20
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 4 45.2 45.39 2
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 2 QU 45.0 45.15

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 6.37
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2T 6.17
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 3 6.01 6.17 6.01
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 6.22 6.22
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 OR 6.37 6.37
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 6.17 6.37
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP foul
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 3 QU 6.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 2 6.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 6.14
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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