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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 female distance runners in the early 1990s. After finishing fifth at the 1987 World Championships in the 3K and fourth at the 1988 Olympics, Romanova won her first international individual medal in 1990, placing third at the International Cross-Country Championships in the 6 km race, also winning team golds in that event in 1988-90. In 1990 she won a silver medal in the 3K at the Goodwill Games, and won the European title in the 10K, adding a 3K silver. At the 1991 World Championships, Romanova won silver behind compatriot Tatyana Dorovskikh in the 3,000. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, the roles were reversed, and Romanova beat Dorovskikh for the 3K gold. In 1994 Romanova won both the 3,000 and 5,000 at the Goodwill Games. She last competed internationally at the 1996 Olympics, where she was sixth in the 5K. Romanova won the 1986 Soviet 3,000 title and the 1993 Russian 3,000 title. Romanova later worked as a gym teacher at a Volgograd school, also training some top Russian runners. She died suddenly, of unknown causes, at age 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
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