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Yelena Romanova

Full name: Yelena Nikolayevna Romanova (Malykina-)
Original name: Елена Николаевна Романова (Малыкина-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
Weight: 112 lbs (51 kg)
Born: March 20, 1963 in Nezhinskoye, Voronezh, Russia
Died: January 28, 2007 in Volgograd, Volgograd, Russia
Affiliations: SA Volgograd/Volgograd VS
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team, RUS Russia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Yelena Romanova was one of the world's top distance runners in the early 1990s. In 1990, she placed third at the World Cross Country Championships and came second in the 3,000 m at the Goodwill Games. A year later, she earned the European title in the 10,000 m, while finishing second in the 3,000 m. She achieved that same position at the Tokyo World Championships a year later, placing behind compatriot [Tatyana Dorovskikh]). At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the roles were reversed, and Romanova beat Dorovskikh for the title. Romanova retired a few years later and worked as a gym teacher on a Volgograd school, while also training some top Russian runners. She suddenly died, of unknown causes, aged 43.

Personal Bests: 3000 – 8:30.45 (1988); 5000 – 14:59.70 (1991).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Women's 3,000 metres Soviet Union URS 4
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Women's 3,000 metres Unified Team EUN 1 Gold
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics Women's 5,000 metres Russia RUS 6

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final 4 8:30.45
1988 Summer 25 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat One 1 QU 8:48.47
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final 1 8:46.04
1992 Summer 29 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Round One Heat Three 3 QU 8:51.18

Women's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A)
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics Russia Final 6 15:14.09
1996 Summer 33 Atlanta Athletics Russia Round One Heat Three 4 QU 15:23.37