Olesya ZYKINA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Russia Russia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    07 OCT 1980
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    134807
Olesya Zykina wins her second gold medal of the day in the women's 4x400m relay (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
100 Metres 11.84 -0.1 Annecy (FRA) 28 JUL 1998
200 Metres 22.55 0.0 Tula (RUS) 24 JUL 2005
200 Metres 22.3h +0.7 Tula (RUS) 27 JUN 1999
300 Metres 36.70 Gateshead (GBR) 19 AUG 2001
400 Metres 50.15 Tula (RUS) 13 JUL 2001
4x400 Metres Relay 3:20.16 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
60 Metres 7.47 Volgograd (RUS) 17 JAN 2004
200 Metres 23.38 Moskva (RUS) 20 JAN 2008
300 Metres 36.69 Moskva (RUS) 01 FEB 2004
400 Metres 51.09 Moskva (RUS) 09 FEB 2008
4x200 Metres Relay 1:34.03 Moskva (RUS) 27 FEB 2003
4x400 Metres Relay 3:28.16 Birmingham (GBR) 04 MAR 2007

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2011

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 24.29 Moskva (RUS) 30 JAN 2011
400 Metres 53.64 Moskva (RUS) 29 JAN 2011

Outdoor

100 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
1998 11.84 -0.1 Annecy (FRA) 28 JUL 1998

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2010 24.18 -1.3 Sochi (RUS) 28 MAY 2010
2009 24.22 0.0 Cheboksary (RUS) 25 JUL 2009
2008 23.41 +0.4 Kazan (RUS) 19 JUL 2008
2007 23.35 -1.2 Tula (RUS) 08 JUL 2007
2006 23.33 +1.3 Rieti (ITA) 27 AUG 2006
2005 22.55 0.0 Tula (RUS) 24 JUL 2005
2004 23.04 +2.0 Tula (RUS) 25 JUN 2004
2000 22.78 +1.9 Tula (RUS) 03 JUN 2000
1998 23.98 -1.6 Tula (RUS) 05 JUL 1998

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2001 36.70 Gateshead (GBR) 19 AUG 2001

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010 52.52 Moskva (RUS) 07 JUL 2010
2009 53.43 Cheboksary (RUS) 23 JUL 2009
2008 51.40 Tula (RUS) 05 JUL 2008
2007 50.81 Tula (RUS) 01 AUG 2007
2006 51.86 Tula (RUS) 13 JUN 2006
2005 50.73 Helsinki (FIN) 08 AUG 2005
2004 50.44 Tula (RUS) 31 JUL 2004
2003 50.39 Tula (RUS) 09 AUG 2003
2002 50.44 Zürich (SUI) 16 AUG 2002
2001 50.15 Tula (RUS) 13 JUL 2001
2000 50.36 Tula (RUS) 24 JUL 2000
1999 51.31 Rostov (RUS) 09 JUL 1999

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2007 3:30.43 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 28 APR 2007
2005 3:20.32 Helsinki (FIN) 13 AUG 2005
2004 3:20.16 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004
2003 3:22.91 Paris (FRA) 31 AUG 2003
2002 3:25.59 München (GER) 06 AUG 2002
2001 3:24.92 Edmonton (CAN) 12 AUG 2001
2000 3:25.50 Gateshead (GBR) 16 JUL 2000

Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2003/04 7.47 Volgograd (RUS) 17 JAN 2004

Indoor

200 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010/11 24.29 Moskva (RUS) 30 JAN 2011
2008/09 24.20 Moskva (RUS) 25 JAN 2009
2007/08 23.38 Moskva (RUS) 20 JAN 2008
2006/07 23.76 Volgograd (RUS) 21 JAN 2007
2003/04 23.59 Volgograd (RUS) 17 JAN 2004
1999/00 23.51 Karlsruhe (GER) 29 JAN 2000
1998/99 23.47 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 1999

Indoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008/09 37.69 Moskva (RUS) 01 FEB 2009
2006/07 37.19 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2007
2003/04 36.69 Moskva (RUS) 01 FEB 2004
2002/03 37.08 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2003
2001/02 37.59 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2002

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2010/11 53.64 Moskva (RUS) 29 JAN 2011
2008/09 52.96 Moskva (RUS) 13 FEB 2009
2007/08 51.09 Moskva (RUS) 09 FEB 2008
2006/07 51.69 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2007
2003/04 51.65 Moskva (RUS) 18 FEB 2004
2002/03 51.23 Moskva (RUS) 26 FEB 2003
2001/02 52.69 Pireaus (GRE) 20 FEB 2002
2000/01 51.33 Moskva (RUS) 17 FEB 2001
1999/00 53.11 Volgograd (RUS) 05 FEB 2000
1998/99 54.58 Moskva (RUS) 22 JAN 1999
1997/98 56.70 Lipetsk (RUS) 23 JAN 1998

Indoor

4x200 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2003/04 1:35.39 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 2004
2002/03 1:34.03 Moskva (RUS) 27 FEB 2003

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2007/08 3:28.17 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
2006/07 3:28.16 Birmingham (GBR) 04 MAR 2007
2003/04 3:31.27 Budapest (HUN) 07 MAR 2004
2002/03 3:28.45 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003
2000/01 3:30.00 Lisboa (POR) 11 MAR 2001

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:20.16 Athina (GRE) 28 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:22.91 Paris (FRA) 31 AUG 2003
3. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:24.92 Edmonton (CAN) 12 AUG 2001
6. 400 Metres 51.24 Helsinki (FIN) 10 AUG 2005
6. 400 Metres 50.59 Paris (FRA) 27 AUG 2003
6. 400 Metres 50.93 Edmonton (CAN) 07 AUG 2001

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 51.09 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:28.17 Valencia (ESP) 09 MAR 2008
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:28.45 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:30.00 Lisboa (POR) 11 MAR 2001
3. 400 Metres 51.71 Lisboa (POR) 11 MAR 2001

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:26.59 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002
3. 400 Metres 50.67 Madrid (ESP) 20 SEP 2002

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
8. 100 Metres 11.88 +1.7 Annecy (FRA) 29 JUL 1998

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 50.45 München (GER) 08 AUG 2002
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:25.59 München (GER) 06 AUG 2002

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. 400 Metres 51.81 Monaco (MON) 14 SEP 2003

Honours - European Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:28.16 Birmingham (GBR) 04 MAR 2007
3. 400 Metres 51.69 Birmingham (GBR) 03 MAR 2007

Honours - European Team Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:25.50 Gateshead (GBR) 16 JUL 2000

Honours - European U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 52.00 Riga (LAT) 06 AUG 1999

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 50.94 Cheboksary (RUS) 13 JUL 2002
1. 400 Metres 50.15 Tula (RUS) 13 JUL 2001

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 51.09 Moskva (RUS) 09 FEB 2008
1. 4x200 Metres Relay 1:35.39 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 2004
1. 4x200 Metres Relay 1:34.03 Moskva (RUS) 27 FEB 2003
Results in:

200 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
30 JAN 2011 Moskva Regional Ind. Ch. RUSRUS F H10 2. 24.29
17 FEB 2011 Moskva Russian Ind. Ch. RUSRUS D H 18. 24.53

400 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
22 JAN 2011 Volgograd Governor Cup RUSRUS F F3 3. 54.79
29 JAN 2011 Moskva Regional Ind. Ch. RUSRUS F F10 OC 53.64


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Updated 22 February 2008


Olesya ZYKINA, Russia (400m)

Born: 7 October 1980, Kaluga

Height: 1.76m; Weight: 60kg

Lives: Tula and Moscow

Coach: Matvey Telyatnikov (before October 2007 –Sergey Reutov & Natalia Kovtun)

Manager: Aivar Karotamm


Almost ten years have passed since the summer that Olesya Zykina underwent a baptism of fire for the Russia junior team. The ginger-haired sprinter lined up as the only white athlete in the final of the women’s 100m at the 1998 World Junior Championships in Annecy, France. Placing eighth and last, she observed in jest: “I was looking effective indeed against a background of my black-skinned rivals”.

Zykina clocked 11.88 to finish eighth and last, although, in the second round, she recorded her still unsurpassed personal best of 11.84. The next year she became the heroine of the European Junior Championships in Riga, Latvia, gaining two gold medals at her favourite distance. She won the 400m (52.00) and ran the final lap in 4x400m relay. From then until now Zykina has focused on those two events.

Strange as it may seem, the young Zykina never dreamed of being an athlete. Her parents are rather distant from sport: her mother is a governess in kindergarten and her father is a cook. And Olesya herself indulged in music until she was 14 years old, being earnest in playing the piano. But her school teacher had noticed her sporting talent and persuaded the young girl to run seriously.

After finishing music school, Zykina eventually joined the athletics section and almost instantly started to achieve a success in competition. Svetlana Masterkova, Russia’s 1996 Olympic 800/1500m champion, has always been her cult figure. Zykina admits that she would not have started to go in for sport had she not seen a TV show about Masterkova and her Olympic triumphs. She was inspired by Masterkova’s achievements and began to train hard.

(After helping Russia to win 4 x 400 in European Cup in Gateshead, England, in July) Zykina contested her first Olympic Games in 2000, in Sydney, but was hardly successful.  She did not run her leg convincingly enough to be selected for the final, in which the Russian team finished third. However, she still received an Olympic bronze medal as a member of the team, so it was progress of a kind for the young runner.

The following winter Zykina proved that she had not just got lucky as she became a member of Russian team by right. In the 2001 World Indoor Championships, in Lisbon, she finished the third (51.71) behind Sandie Richards, from Jamaica, and fellow Russian Olga Kotlyarova. She also earned a gold medal as a member of relay team, this time running in the final.

In 2002 Zykina won the 400m (50.45) at the European Championships in Munich, denying Grit Breuer a successful defence of her title in front of her home crowd. Zykina also won a silver medal as a member of Russian relay quartet. That year she also gained two medals at the World Cup, Madrid – a silver in the 4x400m and bronze in the individual 400m (50.67).


In 2003, Zykina’s best results were connected with the 4x400m as, with her team-mates, she took gold at the World Indoor Championships, in Birmingham, and silver from the outdoor World Championships, in Paris. One of the most satisfying achievements was her silver medal in 4x400m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. “It’s much more difficult to take part in relay, for the success of your team rests on your shoulders and depends on you,” Zykina said. “But, once your team wins, the glory and joy are rather stronger”.

At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Zykina finished only sixth, clocking 51.24 after a 50.73 semi-final run. And she practically missed 2006 season. “Sometimes it’s necessary to have a rest and to gain strength,” she said. “I had to stop and consider my state”.

The 2007 season went well for Zykina as she finished third in the European Indoor Championships 400m in Birmingham and climbed the second step of podium with her team-mates after the relay. But, to everybody’s surprise, she placed only seventh in the Russian Championships with the time 51.04 after a 50.81 semi-final.

Zykina did not compete at the World Championships, in Osaka, and afterwards she considered changing coach. It was a distressing process because she had spent many years with her coaches, Sergey Reutov and Natalia Kovtun, and was devoted to them. But she turned to Matvey Telyatnikov and, since autumn of 2007, they have worked together.

“I have no regrets,” Zykina said. “I’m just very glad to train with him”. And her results at the beginning of the 2008 season indicate that it was a clever and clear-sighted decision. Zykina started the new season not just by winning the Russian Indoor Championships but by clocking her new personal best (51.09).

 “I was eager to win, but I had doubted whether I was in good condition to do it,” she said. “It’s always much more difficult to run in winter, because you have to run two laps instead of one and choose the right moment to come off the bend (from the steep turn). Also you have to take into consideration your rivals, who are also pressing towards the straight. But today I managed to do everything right. And what makes me even happier is that I showed the best result in my entire career.

“I hope that in Valencia (2008 World Indoor Championships) I will run even faster. I have a desire to achieve that. I feel new emotions inside myself and new power. I suppose it’s the beginning of new stage of my life. And it’s definitely the step forward”.

During this interview Zykina was always smiling. She is seldom sad because she is optimistic by nature.
 


Personal Bests

100m – 11.84 (1998)
200m – 22.55 (2005)
300m – 36.70 (2001)
400m – 50.15 (2001)

Indoors
60m –    7.47 (2004)
200m – 23.38 (2008)
300m – 36.69 (2004)
400m – 51.09 (2008)
 

Yearly Progression

1997 - 58.64; 1999 - 51.31; 2000 - 50.36; 2001 - 50.15; 2002 - 50.44; 2003 - 50.39; 2004 - 50.44; 2005 - 50.73; 2006 - 51.86; 2007 - 50.81; 2008 - 51.09i


Career Highlights

1998 1 Russian U20 Championships 100m 11.92
 3 Russian U20 Championships 200m 23.98
 8 World Junior Championships 100m 11.88
 2 World Junior Championships 4x400m 
1999 1 Russian Indoor U20 Championships 400m 53.67
 1 Russian U20 Championships 400m 51.31
 1 European U20 Championships 400m 52.00
 1 European U20 Championships 4x400m 
2000 1 European Cup 4x400m 
 3 Olympic Games 4x400m heat
2001 3 World Indoor Championships 400m 51.71
 1 World Indoor Championships 4x400m 
 1 Russian Championships 400m 50.15
 6 World Championships 400m 50.93
 3 World Championships 4x400m 
2002 1 Russian Championships 400m 50.94
 1 European Championships 400m 50.45
 2 European Championships 4x400m 
 3 World Cup 400m 50.67
 3 World Cup 4x400m 
2003 3 Russian Indoor Championships 400m 51.23
 1 World Indoor Championships 4x400m 
 2 Russian Championships 400m 50.39
 6 World Championships 400m 50.59
 2 World Championships 4x400m 
2004 3 Russian Championships 400m 50.44
 2 Olympic Games 4x400m 
2005 3 Russian Championships 400m 50.85
 6 World Championships 400m 51.24
 1 World Championships 4x400m heat
 3 European Indoor Championships 400m 51.69
2008 1 Russian Indoor Championships 400m 51.09

 

Prepared by Larisa Voloshina, Sergey Tikhonov & Marina Voloshina for IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008.

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