Olga Mineyeva - U.S.S.R. - 1982 European Champion

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 08 September 1982

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      Monday, 01 September 1952
      Degtyarsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast.
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Olga MINEYEVA - U.S.S.R. - 1982 European Champion

Olga Mineyeva underwent a rapid improvement in 1980, reducing her personal best in the 800m by three seconds, and winning the silver medal at the Moscow Olympic Games in the second fastest time ever recorded of 1min 54.81sec. By comparison, Olga had a relatively quiet time in 1981, although she chalked up a significant victory in the dual meet between the Soviet Union and the USA at Leningrad on 10 July, recording her season's best time of 1min 58.78sec. However, in 1982, she returned to her form of the 1980 season, with a number of significant wins early in the year, including a win in a dual meet against East Germany at Cottbus on 25 June, and capturing the Soviet national title at Kiev on 27 July. The 800m race with the greatest depth in 1982 occurred at Podolsk on 21 August, where Mineyeva was victorious in a time of 1min 55.5sec, leading five of her countrywomen under 1min 57sec. Olga's time was the second fastest recorded up to that point in the season, trailing only the 1min 55.05sec produced by Doina Melinte (Romania) in her national championships on 1 August. A showdown between Mineyeva and Melinte occurred in the 800m final at the European Championships in Athens on 8 September, but the Romanian did not provide Olga with a serious challenge, finishing only sixth, while Olga won the gold medal (see photo above) in 1min 55.41sec, from teammate Lyudmila Veselkova (No. 875). Mineyeva won a second medal at the Championships three days later, when she ran the third leg on the Soviet 4 x 400m relay team which won the bronze medal behind East Germany and Czechoslovakia. Olga continued to compete the following year, but at a much reduced level, and retired shortly afterwards. (Ron Casey)
Women's 800m. Final. European Athletics Championships 1982
1. Olga MINEYEVA  URS  1.55.41
2. Lyudmila VESELKOVA  URS  1.55.96
3. Margrit KLINGER  FRG  1.57.22
4. Jolanta JANUCHTA  POL  1.57.92
5. Hildegard ULRICH  GDR  1.58.19
6. Doina MELINTE  ROM  1.59.65