Olga KANISKINA

Olga Kaniskina - Russia - Olympic Games & World Championship 20k walk winner.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 21 August 2008

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    • DATE OF BIRTH
      Saturday, 19 January 1985
    • PLACE OF BIRTH
      Mordovia, Russia
  • INTERNATIONAL
  • Russia
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Olga KANISKINA - Russia - Olympic Games & World Championship 20k walk winner.

The left hand photo above shows an emotional Olga Kaniskina acknowledging the crowd shortly after she had won the gold medal in the womens 20km Walk at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The middle picture shows Olga just as she crosses the line whilst the right hand image is in the closing metres. Kaniskina's time of 1.26.31 was a new Olympic record and this terrific performance secured her second gold medal at a major global event following her success at the previous years World Championships in Osaka.


Olga "won" both the 2009 and 2011 World Championship 20k walk titles but was later disqualifed

from both for drug taking.  However she took the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 

On January 20, 2015 Kaniskina was disqualified for 3 years and 2 months starting from 15 October 2012, and all her results between 15 July 2009 and 16 September 2009, as well as between 30 July 2011 and 8 November 2011 (which include two world championship golds) were annulled. The reason for the ban was anomalies in her biological passport.


Women's 20km Walk.

2008 Olympic Games


1. Olga KANISKINA   RUS   1: 26.31 OR
2. Kjerti PLATZER   NOR   1: 27.07
3. Elisa RIGAUDO   ITA   1: 27.12
4. Hong LIU   CHN   1: 27.17
5. Maria VASCO   ESP   1: 27.25
6. Beatriz PASCUAL   ESP   1: 27.44
7. Olive LOUGHNANE   IRE   1: 27.45
8. Ana CABECINHA   POR   1: 27.46

 

 

Photo George Herringshaw. 31st August 2007.  ©

 

Olga is pictured above, arms aloft, crossing the line to win gold in the womens 20km Walk at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. A happy Kaniskina later commented: "This gold is for my coach, my family and all my relatives. My teammate Tatyana comes from the same training group. It was a great success for Mordovia and the city of Saransk."

Women's 20km. Road Walk.

2007 World Athletics Championships

1. Olga KANISKINA   RUS   1: 30: 09
2. Tatyana SHEMYAKINA   RUS   1: 30: 42
3. Maria VASCO   ESP   1: 30: 47
4. Kjersti PLATZER   NOR   1: 31: 24
5. Susana FEITOR   POR   1: 32: 01
6. Claudia STEF   ROM   1: 32: 47
7. Ines HENRIQUES   POR   1: 33: 06
8. Sabine ZIMMER   GER   1: 33: 23

 

 

 

Olga is pictured above crossing the line to win silver in the womens 20km Walk

at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg.

It was the 21 year old Russian's first medal at a major championship.

Photo G. Herringshaw. © 9th. July 2006

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Women's 20km. Walk.

European Athletics Championships 2006.


1. Ryta TURAVA   BLR   1: 27: 08
2. Olga KANISKINA   RUS   1: 28: 35
3. Elisa RIGAUDO   ITA   1: 28: 37
4. Kjersti PLATZER   NOR   1: 28: 45
5. Claudia STEF   ROM   1: 29: 27
6. Sabine ZIMMER   GER   1: 29: 56
7. Sylwia KORZENIOOWSKA   POL   1: 30: 31
8. Vera SANTOS   POR   1: 30: 41