Ravilya Agletdinova - U.S.S.R. - 1500m Gold at 1986 European Championships.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 31 August 1986

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      Wednesday, 10 February 1960
      Kurgan-Tyube,Tadzhikistan. Died 25th. June 1999 aged 39.
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Ravilya AGLETDINOVA - U.S.S.R. - 1500m Gold at 1986 European Championships.


Ravilya Agletdinova was one of the seemingly endless crop of top Soviet middle distance runners in the late 1970's and early 1980's, who found it just as difficult, if not more so, competing on the domestic scene than against international competition. Prior to the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, Agletdinova had recorded the fastest time that season of the three Soviet 1500m entrants, but in an 800m race at a warm-up meet at Leningrad two weeks before Helsinki, she finished behind the other two Soviet entrants, Yekaterina Podkopayeva, and Zamira Zaytseva.


At Helsinki, the three Soviet runners finished second, third and fourth behind Mary Decker (USA), with Agletdinova the unlucky one who missed out on a medal. Agletdinova maintained her position as one of the world's top 1500m runners during 1984, but was denied a possible chance at an Olympic medal due to the Soviet boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics. Ravilya's first major international victory came in the 1500m at the 1985 European Cup in Moscow, which she followed with a second place finish at the World Cup in Canberra. In the 1500m at the 1986 Soviet national championships, Ravilya finished a close second to Tatyana Samolenko, with both athletes dipping under four minutes. This performance made them two of the favourites for the 1500m title at the European Championships in Stuttgart, together with Doina Melinte (Romania) who had recorded the two fastest times of the season.


At Stuttgart, on 31 August, Zola Budd (No.283) led the field at the bell, with Samolenko (No. 852), Melinte (No. 641) and Agletdinova (No. 819 see photo above) all at her shoulder and ready to strike. In her last appearance at a major international championships, Agletdinova produced a devastating 58.9sec final lap to win the gold medal from Samolenko and Melinte. (Ron Casey).

Agletdinova died in a traffic accident in 1999 near Žlobin in Belarus at the age of 39.

Her daughter Marina Kotovich  (Maryna Arzamasava) was also a runner and like her mother

won the European 1500m championship.


Women's 1500m. Final.

European Athletics Championships 1986.

1. Ravilya AGLETDINOVA   URS   4.01.19
2. Tatiana Samolenko DOROVSCHIN   URS   4.02.36
3. Doina MELINTE   ROM   4.02.44
4. Ivana WALTEROVA   CZE   4.03.09
5. Maricica PUICA   ROM   4.03.90
6. Svetlana KITOVA   URS   4.04.74




1995     4:20.88     Moskva     05 JUN
1993     4:17.43     Stuttgart     20 AUG
1991     4:05.53     Tokyo  29 AUG
1985     3:58.40     Moskva     18 AUG (personal best)
1983     4:02.67     Helsinki    14 AUG
1979     4:11.5       Podolsk     05 AUG