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Liudmyla Lysenko

Full name: Liudmyla Ivanivna Lysenko (-Shevtsova, -Hurevych)
Original name: Людмила Іванівна Лисенко (-Шевцова, -Гуревич)
Other name(s): Lyudmila Ivanovna Lysenko (-Shevtsova, -Gurevich), Людмила Ивановна Лысенко (-Шевцова, -Гуревич)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (164 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: November 26, 1934 in Taman, Krasnodar Kray, Russia
Affiliations: Avangard Dnipropetrovsk, Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Liudmyla Lysenko rose to prominence in 1954, when she won her first medal, a silver at 800 metres, at the Soviet Championships and was selected for the 1954 European Championships team, where she won a bronze medal in the 800. Lysenko next competed internationally at the 1960 Olympics, where the 800 metres for women was returned to the program for the first time since 1928. After setting a world record of 2:04.3 two months before the Olympics, she was considered a medal contender. In the Olympic final, Dixie Willis from Australia led from the start to the final homestraight, but then stumbled and pulled of the track. The finish was a close race between Lysenko and another Australian, Brenda Jones, with Lysenko winning and equaling her own world record in the process. After the Olympics Lysenko also competed at the 1962 European Championships, but was eliminated in the heats of the 800 metres. Lysenko won nine Soviet titles – the 400 in 1955; the 800 in 1955-56, 1959, and 1961-62; and cross-country in 1960-62 and 1964. Lysenko worked as an athletics coach in Ukraine after finishing her sports career.

Personal Best\: 800 – 2:04.50 (1960).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Women's 800 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final 1 =WR 2:04.3 2:04.50
1960 Summer 25 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:09.2 2:09.31
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