14 APR 2009 General News

World record breaker and twice European 3000m champion Svetlana Ulmasova dies at 56

Svetlana Ulmasova (USSR / Uzbekistan) retains her European 3000m title in Athens 1982 (Mark Shearman)Svetlana Ulmasova (USSR / Uzbekistan) retains her European 3000m title in Athens 1982 (Mark Shearman) © Copyright

It is with sadness that the IAAF received the news today that Uzbekistan’s Svetlana Ulmasova (Born 4 Feb 1953) passed away on 6 April 2009.

Running in the colours of the USSR, Svetlana Ulmasova set a World record for 3000m in Kiev on 25 July 1982, the year in which she retained her European Championship at the same distance, a title which she had first won four years earlier in Prague. Her record ((3000m – 8:26.78) lasted for two years.

The winner of the World Cup 3000m in Montreal in 1979, Ulmasova took fourth place in the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki in 1983, and was many times a national champion at cross country and on the track.

Ulmasova was also five-times a team medallist - twice gold 80 and 81 - at the World Cross Country Championships with the USSR team between 1978 and 1987. Her best personal finish was 5th place in 1979.

IAAF
With thanks to Victor Zhdanov

Some of the top results of Svetlana Ulmasova

World Championships, 1983, Helsinki
3000m – 4 place, 8:35.55

World Cup, 1979, Montreal
3000m – 1 place, 8:36.32

European Championships
1978, Prague, 3000m- 1 place, 8:33.16
1982, Athens, 3000m – 1 place, 8:30.28

USSR Championships
1978, 3000m – 1 place, 8:48.4
1979, 3000m – 1 place, 8:46.9
1982, 3000m – 1 place, 8:26.78 – World Record

USSR Winter Championships
1982, 1500m – 1 place, 4:10.98
          3000m – 1 place, 8:54.19

USSR Cross Championships
1975, 3000m-1 place, 9:21.0
1979, 3000m-1 place, 9:25.0
1980, 3000m-1 place, 9:29.2
1982, 3000m-1 place, 9:19.6
1983, 3000m-1 place, 9:00.3

1977, 2000m -2 place, 5:56.8
          3000m -2 place, 9:35.6
1986, 5000m -2 place, 16:44.2