Ilona USOVICH

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Belarus Belarus
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    14 NOV 1982
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    197502
Belarusian 400m runner Ilona Usovich (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 24.26 -0.4 Grodno (BLR) 25 JUL 2014
400 Metres 50.31 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007
800 Metres 1:59.38 Brest (BLR) 21 MAY 2011
4x400 Metres Relay 3:21.88 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007
4x800 Metres Relay 8:20.07 Nassau (BAH) 22 APR 2017

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 25.52 Minsk (BLR) 03 FEB 2002
400 Metres 51.00 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2007
600 Metres 1:25.91 Mogilyov (BLR) 02 FEB 2008
800 Metres 2:02.94 Mogilyov (BLR) 27 JAN 2007
4x400 Metres Relay 3:27.83 Birmingham (GBR) 04 MAR 2007

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2017

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 52.86 Brest (BLR) 31 MAY 2017
4x400 Metres Relay 3:38.28 Lille (FRA) 25 JUN 2017
4x800 Metres Relay 8:20.07 Nassau (BAH) 22 APR 2017

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 2:06.05 Mogilyov (BLR) 18 FEB 2017

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2014 24.26 -0.4 Grodno (BLR) 25 JUL 2014

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 52.86 Brest (BLR) 31 MAY 2017
2016 52.48 Grodno (BLR) 24 JUN 2016
2015 52.89 Grodno (BLR) 24 JUL 2015
2014 52.82 Grodno (BLR) 24 JUL 2014
2013 52.19 Budapest (HUN) 10 JUL 2013
2012 51.31 Budapest (HUN) 20 AUG 2012
2011 52.67 Minsk (BLR) 11 AUG 2011
2008 51.50 Ankara (TUR) 13 JUN 2008
2007 50.31 Osaka (JPN) 27 AUG 2007
2006 50.69 Göteborg (SWE) 10 AUG 2006
2005 50.96 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005
2004 52.31 Minsk (BLR) 25 JUN 2004
2003 53.62 Minsk (BLR) 03 JUN 2003
2002 55.37 Gomel (BLR) 25 MAY 2002

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015 2:03.11 Pitesti (ROU) 23 MAY 2015
2014 2:05.65 Cluj-Napoca (ROU) 06 JUN 2014
2013 2:02.62 Reims (FRA) 28 JUN 2013
2012 2:03.81 Brest (BLR) 17 MAY 2012
2011 1:59.38 Brest (BLR) 21 MAY 2011
2010 2:07.75 Minsk (BLR) 14 JUL 2010
2008 2:02.75 Ankara (TUR) 14 JUN 2008
2007 2:03.12 Minsk (BLR) 02 JUN 2007

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2017 3:38.28 Lille (FRA) 25 JUN 2017
2016 3:31.23 Amsterdam (NED) 09 JUL 2016
2015 3:32.33 Cheboksary (RUS) 21 JUN 2015
2014 3:34.29 Tallinn (EST) 22 JUN 2014
2013 3:30.28 Moskva (RUS) 16 AUG 2013
2012 3:26.52 London (GBR) 10 AUG 2012
2011 3:24.28 Daegu (KOR) 02 SEP 2011
2007 3:21.88 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007
2006 3:22.35 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
2005 3:27.65 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2004 3:27.38 Athina (GRE) 27 AUG 2004

Outdoor

4x800 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2017 8:20.07 Nassau (BAH) 22 APR 2017

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2001/02 25.52 Minsk (BLR) 03 FEB 2002
2000/01 25.92 Minsk (BLR) 23 FEB 2001

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2015/16 53.93 Mogilyov (BLR) 20 FEB 2016
2014/15 54.75 Mogilyov (BLR) 20 FEB 2015
2013/14 53.94 Mogilyov (BLR) 21 FEB 2014
2012/13 54.15 Mogilyov (BLR) 05 FEB 2013
2007/08 51.80 Mogilyov (BLR) 22 FEB 2008
2006/07 51.00 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2007
2005/06 51.53 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
2004/05 52.06 Madrid (ESP) 05 MAR 2005
2003/04 53.78 Minsk (BLR) 30 JAN 2004
2002/03 54.41 Minsk (BLR) 24 FEB 2003
2001/02 57.06 Minsk (BLR) 01 FEB 2002

Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013/14 1:29.03 Mogilyov (BLR) 24 JAN 2014
2012/13 1:27.70 Mogilyov (BLR) 18 JAN 2013
2007/08 1:25.91 Mogilyov (BLR) 02 FEB 2008

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 2:06.05 Mogilyov (BLR) 18 FEB 2017
2006/07 2:02.94 Mogilyov (BLR) 27 JAN 2007

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2007/08 3:28.90 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
2006/07 3:27.83 Birmingham (GBR) 04 MAR 2007
2005/06 3:28.47 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
2003/04 3:29.96 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:25.64 Daegu (KOR) 03 SEP 2011
5. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:21.88 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007
7. 400 Metres 50.54 Osaka (JPN) 29 AUG 2007

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:28.90 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:29.96 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004
3. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:28.65 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006

Honours - IAAF World Relays

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x800 Metres Relay 8:20.07 Nassau (BAH) 22 APR 2017

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:22.35 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:27.69 Göteborg (SWE) 13 AUG 2006
3. 400 Metres 51.94 Helsinki (FIN) 29 JUN 2012
5. 400 Metres 50.69 Göteborg (SWE) 10 AUG 2006

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. 400 Metres 51.38 Stuttgart (GER) 23 SEP 2007

Honours - European Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:27.83 Birmingham (GBR) 04 MAR 2007
2. 400 Metres 51.00 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2007
4. 400 Metres 52.06 Madrid (ESP) 05 MAR 2005

Honours - European Team Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:23.67 München (GER) 24 JUN 2007

Honours - European Team Championships 1st League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:26.19 Praha (CZE) 18 JUN 2006

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 54.49 Grodno (BLR) 05 JUL 2017
1. 400 Metres 52.48 Grodno (BLR) 24 JUN 2016
1. 400 Metres 52.89 Grodno (BLR) 24 JUL 2015
1. 400 Metres 52.82 Grodno (BLR) 24 JUL 2014
1. 800 Metres 2:04.54 Grodno (BLR) 08 JUL 2011
1. 400 Metres 51.15 Brest (BLR) 08 JUL 2006

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 53.93 Mogilyov (BLR) 20 FEB 2016
1. 400 Metres 51.92 Mogilyov (BLR) 09 FEB 2007
1. 400 Metres 52.77 Mogilyov (BLR) 27 JAN 2006
Results in:

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
31 MAY 2017 Brest BLRBLR F H3 1. 54.10
31 MAY 2017 Brest BLRBLR F F 1. 52.86
23 JUN 2017 Lille European Team Championships FRAFRA B H2 6. 53.20
04 JUL 2017 Grodno Belarus Ch. BLRBLR B H2 1. 54.01
05 JUL 2017 Grodno Belarus Ch. BLRBLR B F 1. 54.49

600 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
27 AUG 2017 Berlin ISTAF GERGER B F DNF

800 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
06 JUL 2017 Lausanne Athletissima SUISUI GW F DNF
16 JUL 2017 Padova Meeting Citta di Padova ITAITA C F DNF
29 AUG 2017 Rovereto Palio Città della Quercia ITAITA B F DNF

800 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
10 FEB 2017 Eaubonne Meeting Elite FRAFRA E F DNF
12 FEB 2017 Metz Meeting Elite FRAFRA E F DNF
18 FEB 2017 Mogilyov Belarus Ind. Ch. BLRBLR D F1 4. 2:06.05

4x400 Metres Relay

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 JUN 2017 Lille European Team Championships FRAFRA B F2 5. 3:38.28

4x800 Metres Relay

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 APR 2017 Nassau IAAF World Relays BAHBAH GL F 2. 8:20.07


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Updated 1 March 2008

Ilona Usovich, Belarus (400m)

Born: 14 November, 1982, Cherven, Minsk region

Lives: ??nsk

Manager: Pavel Voronkov

Coach: Igor Zaharevich


Ilona Usovich was born in the small city of Cherven, 60km from Minsk. The sports choice there was small - football and athletics. Ilona showed a talent for athletics as she was mobile, quick and eager and, in school competitions, she outstripped even boys. But the local teacher of physical culture first saw potential in her elder sister, Sviatlana, and sent her to children's sports school. The girls were very close and Ilona, who was two years younger, showed great interest in what Sviatlana was doing. Her elder sister was an example for her.

The girls liked sports and were keen to be at sports school. Sviatlana was invited to Minsk, to the republic sports school, and Ilona did not want to lag behind. She worked hard and, two years later, she was accepted into the same school. Later both went to the well-known trainer, Igor Zaharevich. 

“I always tried to keep step with my sister,” Ilona said. “It seemed to me that she was more talented, than me. At first, I was not sure that I could also run as fast as Sveta.  I thought I did not have the natural talent. In school, under the control of trainer Viktoriya Bozhedarova, I ran sprints. She even suggested I change to the hurdles. But it was not for me. Zaharevich made me believe in myself again but insisted I choose 400m.”

The trainer also suggested she lose weight and they began to work on endurance, running cross-country. Ilona did not understand at first how necessary this was to run 400m. She could run the first 100m fast but would have no strength for the last 300m. Her trainer taught her to run it the opposite way round, leaving her strength until the last 100m. In time, she acquired the experience and one day the trainer told the sisters: “I can see you both at the 2004 Olympics, in the 4?400m relay.” At first, the girls did not believe him. But it happened.

Having finished fourth in the National Championship (52.31), Ilona took part in the 2004 World Indoor Championships, in Budapest, in which the Belarus relay team placed second behind Russia. Ilona ran the third leg and Sviatlana the fourth, their first serious success. In the process, they set a national record 3:29.96.

“At the Olympic Games our quartet was ninth,” Ilona said. “The Romanian girls, who made the final eight, have outstripped us by 0.02 sec. I ran at the third stage and in general have shown my best. But we were not downhearted and, after the Olympics, our results picked up. At the (2005) European Indoor Championships, in Madrid, I ran the individual 400m for the first time and missed third place by only 0.01.”

In the summer, during the World Championships, in Helsinki, Ilona just missed out on a place in the final but set a personal record 50.96. It was her first run under 51 seconds. At the 2006 World Indoor Championships, in Moscow, again she narrowly failed to make the final, clocking an indoor personal best 51.53. She followed this with a bronze medal in the 4x400m.

At the European Championships, in Gothenburg, the Belarusian girl already was fifth and set two national records - 50.74 in her heat and 50.69 in the final. She was included in the European team for the World Cup, in Athens, finishing fourth as member of the continent’s select 4x400m squad. Then, at the 2007 European Indoor Championships, in Birmingham, England, she took the individual silver medal, behind Britain’s Nicola Sanders, with a personal record 51.00. Together with Yulyana Yuschanka, Iryna Khliustava and Sviatlana Usovich, she helped Belarus win gold in the 4x400m.

Moving into the 2007 summer season, and the European Cup in Munich, the same quartet took first place with a national record 3:23.67 after the favourites, Russia, were disqualified for a false start. In 2007, at the World Championships, in Osaka, they ran almost two seconds quicker (3:21.88) but, while in other years that would have been good enough for a medal, on this occasion Belarus were only fifth. Ilona reached the individual final too, placing seventh, with two national records (50.53h, 50.31sf). In the final she was just outside her best (50.54). 

According to her trainer’s decision, Ilona will run only the relay at the World Indoor Championship, in Valencia, together with her sister. It is not long until the Olympic Games and she wants to save her best for Beijing.

For the time being, Ilona’s greater successes have been in the relay. Why? “I like the emotional and passionate struggle,” she says. “Moreover, in the relay, you must run not only for yourself, but for team also. It helps to keep you in best form.”

 

Personal Bests

400m: 50.31 (2007); 51.00i (2007)


Yearly Progression

2004 – 52.31; 2005 – 50.96 (52.06i); 2006 – 50.69 NR (51.53i); 2007 – 50.31 NR (51.00i); 2008 – 51.80i.


Career Highlights

2004 2nd World Indoor Championships, 4x400m
2005 4th European Indoor Championships, 400m
2006 3rd  World Indoor Championships, 4x400m
2006 5th  European Championships, 400m
2006 2nd  European Championships, 4x400m
2007 2nd European Indoor Championships, 400m
2007 1st  European Indoor Championships, 4x400m
2007 7th   World Championships, 400m


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

 

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