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Irina Privalova

Full name: Irina Anatolyevna Privalova (Sergeyeva-)
Original name: Ирина Анатольевна Привалова (Сергеева-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (174 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: November 12, 1968 in Malakhovka, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Spartak, Moskva/Moskva Trade Union
Country: EUN Unified Team, RUS Russia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Irina Privalova was one of the top female sprinters of the world in the 1990s, who later switched to the 400 hurdles, where she considered her medal chances better. Privalova made her international début at the 1991 World Championships, winning silver as a member of the Soviet 4×100 relay team. At the 1992 Olympics, she repeated the relay silver and added a bronze in the 100. At the 1993 World Championships, Privalova won her only World title, in the 4×100 m relay and also won silver in the 4×400 relay and bronze in the 200 metres and at the 1995 World Championships, she won silver in the 200 and bronze in the 100. She also competed at two European Championships during her career and won three golds (1994 100/200 and 1998 200), two silvers (1994 4×100 and 1998 100) and one bronze (1998 4×100). But at the end of the 1990s, Privalova felt that the 2000 Olympics were the last chance for her to win an Olympic gold, but she did not think she could win gold in the sprints, as Marion Jones seemed unbeatable at that time and she also did not see her 400 chances as very good, because of Cathy Freeman and Marie-José Pérec, although the latter would retire before the 2000 Olympics. So Privalova concentrated on the intermediate hurdles, an event she had not done before, but one with less competition. And at the 2000 Olympics, running only her sixth race in the 400 hurdles, she surprised by winning the Olympic title, beating the defending champion Deon Hemmings. Privalova also won bronze in the 4×400 metre relay at the 2000 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.77 (1994); 200 – 21.87 (1995); 400 – 49.89 (1993); 400H – 53.02 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres Unified Team EUN 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Women's 200 metres Unified Team EUN 4
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Unified Team EUN 2 Silver
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Women's 100 metres Russia RUS 7 h2 r3/4
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Women's 200 metres Russia RUS 3 h4 r2/4
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Russia RUS 4
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Women's 400 metres Hurdles Russia RUS 1 Gold
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Russia RUS 3 Bronze

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final 3 10.84 0,184 6
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 11.08
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Quarter-Finals Heat Four 1 QU 10.98
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Round One Heat Two 1 QU 11.42
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia Semi-Finals Heat Two 7 11.31 0,168 1
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia Quarter-Finals Heat Three 4 QU 11.40 0,195 2
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia Round One Heat One 3 QU 11.42 9

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final 4 22.19 3
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 22.08 6
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 22.45 3
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Round One Heat One 2 QU 23.22 2
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia Quarter-Finals Heat Four 3 QU 22.82 3 0,166
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia Round One Heat Three 2 QU 23.16 2 0,181

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Russia Final 1 53.02 0,178 3
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Russia Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 54.02 0,203 5
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Russia Round One Heat Five 1 QU 55.89 0,204 3

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST L
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team EUN Final 2 42.16 9,94 6
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team EUN Round One Heat One 1 QU 42.42
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia RUS Final 4 42.27 10,15 4
1996 Summer 27 Atlanta Athletics Russia RUS Round One Heat Three 1 QU 43.00 10,22 3

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT
2000 Summer 31 Sydney Athletics Russia RUS Final 3 3:23.46 49,81