Athlete Profile

Nadzeya Ostapchuk

  • COUNTRY Belarus Belarus
  • DATE OF BIRTH 28 OCT 1980
Unstoppable in Barcelona - European Shot Put champion Nadzeya Ostapchuk (Getty Images)
Unstoppable in Barcelona - European Shot Put champion Nadzeya Ostapchuk (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY Belarus Belarus
  • DATE OF BIRTH 28 OCT 1980


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Updated 22 August 2010

Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK, Belarus (Shot Put)

Born: 28 October 1980, Rechitsa, Brest region
Lives: Minsk
Coach: Alexander Efimov
Manager: Pavel Voronkov

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was born in the small city of Rechitsa where her first love was basketball. But athletics took over after a track and field trainer visited her sports hall and suggested to several girls that they try competition. Among them was the 15-year-old Nadzeya. Remaining with the trainer, she ran and jumped with pleasure. First it was the 400m and broad jumps then, in the second year, long distances.

“I took up the shot put by luck,” Ostapchuk recalled. “When our team arrived at a regional competition, I saw that the shot put had only a few declared participants. Our team needed points and they asked me to come in the sector for the shot put. I agreed and got third place! The trainer saw my successful attempts and invited me to Brest to work in his group.”

Ostapchuk welcomed this offer. It was her goal to move to Brest – the large city where it was possible to develop. Life became more interesting as she travelled to cities and sports bases, and various tournaments in Ukraine and Belarus.

Valery Oksenchuk became her new trainer, and Ostapchuk began to progress quickly. As soon as the second year, Ostapchuk went to Portugal to participate in the European Youth Olympic Days and the next year, in 1998, she won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships, in Annecy, France, and set a new personal record (18.23).

“I added more than a metre to my personal record and the victory at the World Junior Championships has kept me in sports,” Ostapchuk said. “Before it I was at the crossroads: whether to enter the institute and concentrate on study or to remain in sports and to enter a school of Olympic Reserves? I have chosen sports and the success in France became a starting point of my victorious career.”

Time passed and she needed new specialist knowledge. As her trainer concentrated mainly on javelin throwers, he decided to transfer Ostapchuk to his colleague from Minsk, Alexander Efimov.

Efimov structured training differently. Ostapchuk worked more on weights, her training volumes grew and, together, performances have grown too. There was much to change in her technique and movement. She thought, for the first time, of what is necessary to make the shot fly further.

“When I put the shot 19m, it seemed to me, that I could not go any further,” she said. “But the trainer considered my potential had not been reached and that I could push further. I have started to analyse the actions and have understood what were the mistakes. I began to think of the benefits of every exercise, what it can give me in future.”

In 2001 Ostapchuk won her first senior medal at the 2001 World Indoor Championship, in Lisbon, taking silver with an indoor personal best at 19.24. She also won the European Under-23 Championship with a new personal record (19.73) which is still a record for this competition.

In 2003 she won silver medals at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham (20.31) and the outdoor World Championships in Paris (20.12).
 
Fourth in the 2004 Athens Olympics in 2005 she broke the 21 metres barrier in Minsk in July (21.09, a national record) and then became World champion, in Helsinki.

She also won the World Athletics Final in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The last of those victories, achieved in Stuttgart, reversed the result from the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, in which Valerie Vili, from New Zealand, took the gold medal while Ostapchuk had to settle for silver and the loss of her world title.

Going into the 2008 World Indoor Championships, Ostapchuk had declared, “In Valencia I am going to try to win a gold medal. I will try hard and let’s see what happens. Shot put is difficult to predict, therefore I will be glad with any medal.”

However, in Valencia she lost the first place to Valerie Vili and was second, and at the Olympic Games in Beijing she was not able to acclimatise and could achieve only bronze.

The following year Nadzeya, having won the European Winter Throwing Cup in Los Realejos in March, only competed again in July, with a best throw of 19.88 in Moscow before undergoing surgery (Bartholin's gland) at the end of the month. It passed successfully, and a month later she accepted the invitation to take part in the World Athletics Final, in Thessaloniki. There she won the second place and considering her lack of competition, this was a lucky result.

This year has been marked by the longest series of victories in her career. In all ten international starts in which she took part, Ostapchuk rose on the highest step of the pedestal. She also achieved, for the first time, the title of the World Indoor champion, has won the European Winter Throwing Cup, European Athletics Championships, and the Samsung Diamond League.

She was also victorious in national tournaments, and in the middle of February Ostapchuk won the winter championship of Belarus, having broken the national record with 21.70. This result brought her to the No. 3 position in the All-time indoor lists.

After winning the Diamond Race Trophy in Zürich (with victories in Shanghai, Gateshead, Paris-Saint Denis, Monaco, Stockholm, London and Zürich), Ostapchuk had mentioned her love of rally driving, and this was quickly picked up by the international media.

“I did not come back in a racing car from the Zürich Weltklasse meeting as some representatives of mass media  have written,” said Ostapchuk. “I take part in rally infrequently, as a rule, in autumn, in inter-season period. With my friends we have founded a Citroen-club. But I am not the most active racer, because I have not lot of time after trainings and competitions. I prefer to speak with my clubmen.”

Personal Bests
21.09 NR (2005); 21.70i NR (2010)

Yearly Progression
1998 - 18.23; 1999 - 18.73 (16.75i); 2000 - 18.82 (19.13i); 2001 - 19.73 (19.24i); 2002 - 19.40 (18.81i); 2003 - 20.12 (20.56i); 2004 - 20.36 (18.60i); 2005 - 21.09 NR (19.37i); 2006 - 20.56 (20.86i, NR); 2007 - 20.48 (19.89i) ; 2008 - 20.98 (20.35i); 2009 - 19.88 (19.55i); 2010 - 20.95 (21.70i, NR).

Career Highlights
1998    1st     World Junior Championships
1999    1st    European Junior Championships
2000    6th    European Indoor Championships
2001    2nd     World Indoor Championships
2001    1st     European Under-23 Championships
2001     7th      World Championships 
2001    2nd     Grand Prix Final 
2002    5th      European Championships
2003    2nd     World Indoor Championships
2003    2nd     World Championships
2003    3rd     World Athletics Final 
2004    7th     World Indoor Championships
2004    4th     Olympic Games
2004     1st     World Athletics Final 
2005     1st     World Championships
2005     1st     World Athletics Final 
2005     1st     European Indoor Championships 
2006    6th     World Indoor Championships
2006    2nd     European Championships
2006    3rd     World Athletics Final
2007     2nd     World Championships 
2007     1st     World Athletics Final 
2008    2nd     World Indoor Championships
2008    3rd     Olympic Games
2009    1st     European Winter Throwing Cup
2009    2nd      World Athletics Final
2010    1st     European Winter Throwing Cup
2010    1st     World Indoor Championships
2010    1st     European Athletics Championships

Prepared by Mikhail Dubitski for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008-2010.

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Shot Put 21.58 Minsk 18 JUL 2012
Personal Best - Indoor
Performance Wind Place Date
Shot Put 21.70 Mogilev 12 FEB 2010
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
Shot Put Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 21.58 Minsk 18 JUL
2011 20.94 Zhukovsky 03 JUL
2010 20.95 Grodno 26 JUN
2009 19.88 Moskva 01 JUL
2008 20.98 Minsk (Stayki) 27 JUL
2007 20.48 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 26 AUG
2006 20.56 Minsk 22 JUL
2005 21.09 Minsk 21 JUL
2004 20.36 Berlin 12 SEP
2003 20.12 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 27 AUG
2002 19.40 Milano 05 JUN
2001 19.73 Amsterdam 12 JUL
2000 18.83 Minsk (Stayki) 01 SEP
1999 18.73 Brest, BLR 05 JUN
1998 18.23 Annecy 31 JUL
Progression - Indoor showShow All Graphs
Shot Put Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 20.70 Mogilev 10 FEB
2010 21.70 Mogilev 12 FEB
2009 19.55 Mogilev 13 FEB
2008 20.35 Mogilev 23 FEB
2007 19.89 Minsk 15 FEB
2006 20.86 Minsk 24 FEB
2005 19.37 Madrid 05 MAR
2004 18.60 Budapest (SA) 05 MAR
2003 20.56 Minsk 24 FEB
2002 18.81 Pireás 20 FEB
2001 19.24 Lisboa 10 MAR
2000 19.13 Pireás 09 FEB
1999 16.75 Minsk 12 FEB
Honours - Shot Put
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
The XXX Olympic Games f DQ London (OP) 06 AUG 2012
IAAF World Indoor Championships 2012 2 20.42 Istanbul (Ataköy Arena) 10 MAR 2012
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 20.05 Daegu 29 AUG 2011
IAAF/VTB Bank Continental Cup 2010 2 20.18 Split 05 SEP 2010
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 20.85 Doha 14 MAR 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 2 19.56 Thessaloniki 13 SEP 2009
The XXIX Olympic Games 3 19.86 Beijing (National Stadium) 16 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 19.74 Valencia, ESP 09 MAR 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 1 20.45 Stuttgart 23 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 20.48 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 26 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 3 19.50 Stuttgart 10 SEP 2006
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 6 18.13 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 12 MAR 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 1 20.44 Monaco 09 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 1 20.51 Helsinki 13 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 1 19.23 Monaco 18 SEP 2004
28th Olympic Games 3 19.01 Olýmpia 18 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7 18.33 Budapest (SA) 05 MAR 2004
1st IAAF World Athletics Final 3 19.51 Monaco 13 SEP 2003
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 20.12 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 27 AUG 2003
9th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 20.31 Birmingham, GBR 15 MAR 2003
17th IAAF Grand Prix Final 2 18.82 Melbourne 09 SEP 2001
8th IAAF World Championships 7 18.98 Edmonton 05 AUG 2001
8th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 19.24 Lisboa 10 MAR 2001
7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9q2 17.47 Sevilla 25 AUG 1999
IAAF World Junior Championships 1 18.23 Annecy 31 JUL 1998


Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.


Updated 22 August 2010

Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK, Belarus (Shot Put)

Born: 28 October 1980, Rechitsa, Brest region
Lives: Minsk
Coach: Alexander Efimov
Manager: Pavel Voronkov

Nadzeya Ostapchuk was born in the small city of Rechitsa where her first love was basketball. But athletics took over after a track and field trainer visited her sports hall and suggested to several girls that they try competition. Among them was the 15-year-old Nadzeya. Remaining with the trainer, she ran and jumped with pleasure. First it was the 400m and broad jumps then, in the second year, long distances.

“I took up the shot put by luck,” Ostapchuk recalled. “When our team arrived at a regional competition, I saw that the shot put had only a few declared participants. Our team needed points and they asked me to come in the sector for the shot put. I agreed and got third place! The trainer saw my successful attempts and invited me to Brest to work in his group.”

Ostapchuk welcomed this offer. It was her goal to move to Brest – the large city where it was possible to develop. Life became more interesting as she travelled to cities and sports bases, and various tournaments in Ukraine and Belarus.

Valery Oksenchuk became her new trainer, and Ostapchuk began to progress quickly. As soon as the second year, Ostapchuk went to Portugal to participate in the European Youth Olympic Days and the next year, in 1998, she won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships, in Annecy, France, and set a new personal record (18.23).

“I added more than a metre to my personal record and the victory at the World Junior Championships has kept me in sports,” Ostapchuk said. “Before it I was at the crossroads: whether to enter the institute and concentrate on study or to remain in sports and to enter a school of Olympic Reserves? I have chosen sports and the success in France became a starting point of my victorious career.”

Time passed and she needed new specialist knowledge. As her trainer concentrated mainly on javelin throwers, he decided to transfer Ostapchuk to his colleague from Minsk, Alexander Efimov.

Efimov structured training differently. Ostapchuk worked more on weights, her training volumes grew and, together, performances have grown too. There was much to change in her technique and movement. She thought, for the first time, of what is necessary to make the shot fly further.

“When I put the shot 19m, it seemed to me, that I could not go any further,” she said. “But the trainer considered my potential had not been reached and that I could push further. I have started to analyse the actions and have understood what were the mistakes. I began to think of the benefits of every exercise, what it can give me in future.”

In 2001 Ostapchuk won her first senior medal at the 2001 World Indoor Championship, in Lisbon, taking silver with an indoor personal best at 19.24. She also won the European Under-23 Championship with a new personal record (19.73) which is still a record for this competition.

In 2003 she won silver medals at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham (20.31) and the outdoor World Championships in Paris (20.12).
 
Fourth in the 2004 Athens Olympics in 2005 she broke the 21 metres barrier in Minsk in July (21.09, a national record) and then became World champion, in Helsinki.

She also won the World Athletics Final in 2004, 2005 and 2007. The last of those victories, achieved in Stuttgart, reversed the result from the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, in which Valerie Vili, from New Zealand, took the gold medal while Ostapchuk had to settle for silver and the loss of her world title.

Going into the 2008 World Indoor Championships, Ostapchuk had declared, “In Valencia I am going to try to win a gold medal. I will try hard and let’s see what happens. Shot put is difficult to predict, therefore I will be glad with any medal.”

However, in Valencia she lost the first place to Valerie Vili and was second, and at the Olympic Games in Beijing she was not able to acclimatise and could achieve only bronze.

The following year Nadzeya, having won the European Winter Throwing Cup in Los Realejos in March, only competed again in July, with a best throw of 19.88 in Moscow before undergoing surgery (Bartholin's gland) at the end of the month. It passed successfully, and a month later she accepted the invitation to take part in the World Athletics Final, in Thessaloniki. There she won the second place and considering her lack of competition, this was a lucky result.

This year has been marked by the longest series of victories in her career. In all ten international starts in which she took part, Ostapchuk rose on the highest step of the pedestal. She also achieved, for the first time, the title of the World Indoor champion, has won the European Winter Throwing Cup, European Athletics Championships, and the Samsung Diamond League.

She was also victorious in national tournaments, and in the middle of February Ostapchuk won the winter championship of Belarus, having broken the national record with 21.70. This result brought her to the No. 3 position in the All-time indoor lists.

After winning the Diamond Race Trophy in Zürich (with victories in Shanghai, Gateshead, Paris-Saint Denis, Monaco, Stockholm, London and Zürich), Ostapchuk had mentioned her love of rally driving, and this was quickly picked up by the international media.

“I did not come back in a racing car from the Zürich Weltklasse meeting as some representatives of mass media  have written,” said Ostapchuk. “I take part in rally infrequently, as a rule, in autumn, in inter-season period. With my friends we have founded a Citroen-club. But I am not the most active racer, because I have not lot of time after trainings and competitions. I prefer to speak with my clubmen.”

Personal Bests
21.09 NR (2005); 21.70i NR (2010)

Yearly Progression
1998 - 18.23; 1999 - 18.73 (16.75i); 2000 - 18.82 (19.13i); 2001 - 19.73 (19.24i); 2002 - 19.40 (18.81i); 2003 - 20.12 (20.56i); 2004 - 20.36 (18.60i); 2005 - 21.09 NR (19.37i); 2006 - 20.56 (20.86i, NR); 2007 - 20.48 (19.89i) ; 2008 - 20.98 (20.35i); 2009 - 19.88 (19.55i); 2010 - 20.95 (21.70i, NR).

Career Highlights
1998    1st     World Junior Championships
1999    1st    European Junior Championships
2000    6th    European Indoor Championships
2001    2nd     World Indoor Championships
2001    1st     European Under-23 Championships
2001     7th      World Championships 
2001    2nd     Grand Prix Final 
2002    5th      European Championships
2003    2nd     World Indoor Championships
2003    2nd     World Championships
2003    3rd     World Athletics Final 
2004    7th     World Indoor Championships
2004    4th     Olympic Games
2004     1st     World Athletics Final 
2005     1st     World Championships
2005     1st     World Athletics Final 
2005     1st     European Indoor Championships 
2006    6th     World Indoor Championships
2006    2nd     European Championships
2006    3rd     World Athletics Final
2007     2nd     World Championships 
2007     1st     World Athletics Final 
2008    2nd     World Indoor Championships
2008    3rd     Olympic Games
2009    1st     European Winter Throwing Cup
2009    2nd      World Athletics Final
2010    1st     European Winter Throwing Cup
2010    1st     World Indoor Championships
2010    1st     European Athletics Championships

Prepared by Mikhail Dubitski for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008-2010.