Svetlana KARAMASHEVA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Russia Russia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    24 MAY 1988
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    261328

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 1:58.70 Moskva (RUS) 17 JUL 2014
1500 Metres 3:59.61 Moskva (RUS) 13 JUN 2012
Half Marathon 1:14:51 Sochi (RUS) 02 APR 2017
4x800 Metres Relay 8:27.45 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 27 APR 2013

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
600 Metres 1:34.39 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2008
800 Metres 2:00.32 Moskva (RUS) 12 FEB 2013
1000 Metres 2:38.73 Moskva (RUS) 03 FEB 2013
1500 Metres 4:10.47 Moskva (RUS) 14 FEB 2013
One Mile 4:33.72 Orenburg (RUS) 08 FEB 2014
2000 Metres 5:52.93 Moskva (RUS) 11 JAN 2013
3000 Metres 9:07.98 Moskva (RUS) 25 JAN 2012

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2017

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
800 Metres 2:06.80 Sochi (RUS) 26 MAY 2017
1500 Metres 4:13.34 Sochi (RUS) 25 MAY 2017
Half Marathon 1:14:51 Sochi (RUS) 02 APR 2017

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
1500 Metres 4:25.24 Moskva (RUS) 21 FEB 2017
2000 Metres 5:56.98 Omsk (RUS) 24 DEC 2016
3000 Metres 9:19.74 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 2017

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 2:06.80 Sochi (RUS) 26 MAY 2017
2016 2:04.32 Zhukovskiy (RUS) 21 JUL 2016
2014 1:58.70 Moskva (RUS) 17 JUL 2014
2013 2:01.53 Yerino (RUS) 16 JUN 2013
2012 2:00.69 Moskva (RUS) 21 JUN 2012
2011 2:06.79 Cheboksary (RUS) 21 JUL 2011
2010 2:08.39 Cheboksary (RUS) 02 JUL 2010
2009 2:06.27 Cheboksary (RUS) 23 JUL 2009
2008 2:07.98 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 27 JUN 2008
2007 2:09.63 Sochi (RUS) 23 MAY 2007
2006 2:09.13 Tula (RUS) 23 JUL 2006

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2017 4:13.34 Sochi (RUS) 25 MAY 2017
2016 4:14.95 Sochi (RUS) 26 MAY 2016
2014 4:04.45 Kazan (RUS) 26 JUL 2014
2013 4:04.01 Moskva (RUS) 25 JUL 2013
2012 3:59.61 Moskva (RUS) 13 JUN 2012
2011 4:13.04 Sochi (RUS) 24 MAY 2011
2010 4:32.71 Cheboksary (RUS) 04 JUL 2010
2009 4:21.18 Kazan (RUS) 18 JUN 2009
2008 4:25.84 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 29 JUN 2008
2007 4:34.76 Zhukovskiy (RUS) 30 JUN 2007
2006 4:28.81 Tula (RUS) 21 JUL 2006
2005 4:30.50 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 21 JUN 2005

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2017 1:14:51 Sochi (RUS) 02 APR 2017

Outdoor

4x800 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2013 8:27.45 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 27 APR 2013

Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008/09 1:34.39 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2008

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2014/15 2:04.91 Moskva (RUS) 08 FEB 2015
2013/14 2:01.53 Moskva (RUS) 24 JAN 2014
2012/13 2:00.32 Moskva (RUS) 12 FEB 2013
2010/11 2:04.94 Moskva (RUS) 16 FEB 2011
2009/10 2:10.09 Moskva (RUS) 26 FEB 2010
2006/07 2:10.95 Penza (RUS) 01 FEB 2007

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013/14 2:39.16 Moskva (RUS) 12 JAN 2014
2012/13 2:38.73 Moskva (RUS) 03 FEB 2013
2011/12 2:41.72 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 27 JAN 2012
2010/11 2:45.01 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2011

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 4:25.24 Moskva (RUS) 21 FEB 2017
2014/15 4:15.91 Moskva (RUS) 07 FEB 2015
2013/14 4:10.91 Sopot (POL) 07 MAR 2014
2012/13 4:10.47 Moskva (RUS) 14 FEB 2013
2011/12 4:12.01 Moskva (RUS) 11 FEB 2012
2010/11 4:12.03 Omsk (RUS) 21 JAN 2011
2009/10 4:30.35 Moskva (RUS) 28 FEB 2010

Indoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2013/14 4:33.72 Orenburg (RUS) 08 FEB 2014
2012/13 4:34.06 Orenburg (RUS) 01 FEB 2013

Indoor

2000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 5:56.98 Omsk (RUS) 24 DEC 2016
2014/15 5:53.84 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2014
2013/14 5:55.64 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2014
2012/13 5:52.93 Moskva (RUS) 11 JAN 2013
2011/12 5:56.60 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2012
2010/11 6:07.00 Omsk (RUS) 25 DEC 2010
2009/10 6:09.73 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2009

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 9:19.74 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 2017
2011/12 9:07.98 Moskva (RUS) 25 JAN 2012

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
7. 1500 Metres 4:13.89 Sopot (POL) 08 MAR 2014

Honours - European Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 1500 Metres 4:16.32 Göteborg (SWE) 02 MAR 2013

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 4:04.45 Kazan (RUS) 26 JUL 2014
1. 1500 Metres 4:04.01 Moskva (RUS) 25 JUL 2013

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 1500 Metres 4:11.46 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 2014
Results in:

800 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
26 MAY 2017 Sochi Russian Team Ch. RUSRUS F F2 4. 2:06.80

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
25 MAY 2017 Sochi Russian Team Ch. RUSRUS F F 3. 4:13.34

1500 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
21 FEB 2017 Moskva Russian Ind. Ch. RUSRUS D F2 8. 4:25.24

2000 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
07 JAN 2017 Yekaterinburg Yalamov Memorial RUSRUS F F 7. 6:06.16

3000 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
19 FEB 2017 Moskva Russian Ind. Ch. RUSRUS D F1 2. 9:19.74

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
02 APR 2017 Sochi Half Marathon RUSRUS F F 1. 1:14:51

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Created 4 March 2014

Svetlana KARAMASHEVA (née Podosyonova), Russia (1500m)

Born 24 May 1988, Omsk

Lives: Moscow, Zhukovsky (Moscow Oblast’)

1.63 m / 50 kg

Coach: Sergey Yepishin, Yekaterina Podkopayeva, Nina Vershinina

 

 There is not much information you could find in the media about Svetlana Karamasheva, a Russian middle distance runner, who just made her third national team for a major international event - the IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014. Even if you search for her maiden name Podosyonova. It is quite understandable, given the level of competition in the women’s 800m and 1500m in the country. But with every other race, Svetlana gets closer and closer to making her mark on a global level.

 

Svetlana Podosyonova was born in Omsk, but spent the first seven years of her life in a small village nearby, before moving back to the city. Her parents are marathon runners: her mother achieved a “Master of Sports” level, her father is a “Candidate for Master of Sports” with a time of 2:36.06 registered in Moscow in 1984. However, until she turned 15, Svetlana was a swimmer, she even achieved a level of “Candidate for Master of Sports”. But then she decided to try running.

 

After undergoing a series of physical tests, Podosyonova chose middle distances as her specialisation. And she was lucky to start working under the guidance of Nina Vershinina, the Omsk Oblast record holder in the 800m.

 

Just a couple of years after taking up athletics, in 2005, Svetlana placed third at the Russian Youth Championships in the 1500m, clocking 4:30.50. However, it was the time to enter university and put the ultimate focus on studies. Podosyonova chose a 5-year program in Economic Theory and Entrepreneurship at the Omsk State University. During her study time she was skipping many events in indoor seasons, and outdoors. Svetlana had never run under 4:20 until 2011, and hadn’t achieved any top-three finishes at the junior and U23 levels, though she did make several finals.

 

After graduation, in 2010, Svetlana entered an Olympic Reserve College to focus on her running. She also decided to relocate to Moscow region to benefit from a more competitive training and racing environment and milder winters. Luckily, her coach Vershinina was friends with a prominent coaching family Sergey Yepishin and Yekaterina Podkopayeva, who accepted to take over Svetlana’s training.

 

With a new training group and an opportunity to travel to training camps, Podosyonova started progressing rapidly. In 2011 she clocked 4:12.03 indoors in Omsk and 4:13.04 outdoors in Sochi. She also started racing more over the 800m to improve speed, and clocked 2:06.79 indoors at the Russian Championships.

 

In 2012 Svetlana started her indoor campaign with self confidence, but eighth place at the Russian Indoor Championships almost made her quit athletics altogether. Fortunately, there was someone who made Podosyonova change her mind. It was her future husband Maksim Karamashev.

 

“I can’t quite remember, how we met. It was about 10 years ago. He also runs, steeplechase and distance races, and he is also from Siberia, so our paths crossed many times. Last year we got married, on 7 September. We somehow managed to squeeze the ceremony between two competitions of mine. Maksim was the one responsible for event planning. It is great that my husband is a runner, because we often train together and we can go to training camps together. He is also a great help when it comes to solving everyday problems,” Svetlana said.

 

Karamashev helped his sweetheart to regain focus after the disappointing indoor season of 2012 and assisted her in joining the Krasnoyarsk Dynamo Sports Society, so that Svetlana could be more confident in terms of finances.  Overall, it was a good moment to make some changes in competition preparation. First of all, the coaches told Podosyonova she needed to lose weight. In February 2012, Svetlana weighed-in at 56kg. After sticking to a strict diet at a training camp in Kirghizia, she shed 7kg and felt way more comfortable in her new weight. And, most importantly, ran much faster.

 

In June 2012, at the Kuts Memorial in Moscow, Svetlana for the first time in her career dipped under four minutes, registering a personal best of 3:59.61. “It was a perfect day, it was warm enough, all girls needed to hit the entry standard for the Olympics, so it was a fast race right from the start. I don’t do well in tactical races with pushing and shoving. So I just could fulfill my potential. Actually, everyone ran fast that day. Can you imagine, sixth place in our race was under two minutes! And by the way Maksim also won his 3000m steeplechase race that day,” Podosyonova smiled. Unfortunately, at the National Trials for the London Olympics Svetlana only placed sixth and didn’t make the team.

 

In the winter of 2013, Podosyonova achieved podium finishes in both the 800m and the 1500m at the Russian Indoor Championships, and was selected to represent the country at the European Indoor Championships, in Göteborg, in her longer event. “Everyone was telling me I was able to get a medal, I almost felt it around my neck. But for a certain reason that I don’t want to talk about, I was emotionally drained by the competition time. The silver was within my reach, but I just missed that chance,” Svetlana explained. In the final she finished sixth.

 

The next goal was, of course, the home World Championships Moscow 2013. Podosyonova placed second in 4:04.01, losing only to the steeplechase star Yuliya Zaripova.

Zaripova wasn’t trying to make the team in the 1500m, so Podosyonova was the number-one medal prospect for Russia, coming into the event. “Emotionally and physically, I was in much better shape than in Göteborg. I was ready to run sub-four in a fast race, but at the Worlds it’s always slow and tactical, I just didn’t have enough experience to handle that. But I still recall how the 70-thousand-seat stadium was roaring when the announcer was introducing us. Even though I missed the final by just 0.04 sec, I’m still happy that I was a part of it, there will be no second chance to compete in such a major event at home,” Svetlana said.

 

After getting married and spending the honeymoon in China (Hainan and Guanzhou), Svetlana had another successful preparation period. The Russian, who was already competing under her husband’s surname, was aiming to try win the National Indoor Championships in both the 800m and the 1500m. However, too much confidence coming into the 800m final didn’t do any good for Karamasheva. She missed the spurt by Anna Shchagina and Yekaterina Kupina and only placed third, which meant she had to make the team for the World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014 in her longer event on the very next day. And in the 1500m she was flawless. “Thank goodness, I won the gold, because I seriously started to think that there was some kind of damnation and I’d never ever win the Russian Championships,” Karamasheva laughed.

 

Svetlana, who cites an ability to sweat her guts out and work through tears in training, is aware of a tough competition she will have to face in Sopot. “Genzebe Dibaba is definitely ahead of everyone else. If she competes in the 3000m - no one has a chance. In the 1500m, however, there are some options. If she leads and Abeba Aregawi is able to sit back and be in control, the Swede can spurt at the finish and win. If the race is just slow, than literally anything can happen. As for myself, it will be hard to compete with Dibaba and Aregawi, so I just want to run a good time, placing as high as possible. And, even though it might sound wrong, my goal is to be the top non-African born finisher,” Karamasheva explained.

(Editor’s note: Genzebe Dibaba will be contesting only the 3000m in Sopot.)

  

Personal Bests

 800m: 2:00.69 (2012) / 2:00.32i (2013)

1500m: 3:59.61 (2012) / 4:10.47i (2013)

  

Yearly Progression

2005: 4:30.50, 2006: 4:28.81, 2007: 4:34.76, 2008: 4:25.84, 2009: 4:21.18, 2010: 4:32.71 (4:30.35i), 2011: 4:13.04 (4:12.03i), 2012: 3:59.61, 2013: 4:04.01, 2014: 4:11.15i

Career Highlights

2005

3rd   

Russian Youth Championships (Chelyabinsk)         

4:30.50

2006

7th    

Russian Junior Championships (Tula) (800m)    

2:09.53 (2:09.13 in h)

2006

8th     

Russian Junior Championships (Tula) (1500m)        

4:28.81

2007

8th     

Russian Junior Indoor Champs (Penza) (800m)

2:12.44 (2:10.95 in h)

2007

8th    

Russian Junior Championships (Sochi) (800m)     

2:17.86 (2:09.63 in h)

2008

16th

Russian U23 Championships (Chelyabinsk) (800m)    

4:25.84

2009

12th

Russian U23 Championships (Kazan) (1500m)     

4:21.18

2010

3rd   

Russian Cross Championships (Zhukowski)

 

2010

10th   

Russian Indoor U23 Champs (Volgograd) (1500m)

4:32.14

2011

8th   

Russian Indoor Champs (Cheboksary) (1500m)     

4:13.65

2011

8th   

Russianteam Championships (Sochi) (1500m)     

4:13.04

2012

8th   

Russian Indoor Champs (Moscow) (1500m)     

4:16.39

2012

6th   

Russian Championships (Cheboksary) (1500m)     

4:04.04

2012

7th   

Russian Cup (Yerino) (1500m)     

4:07.51

2013

3rd

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (800m)

2:02.98

2013

2nd

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:10.47

2013

5th

European Indoor Championships (Göteborg) (1500m)

4:16.32

2013

2nd

Russian Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:04.01

2013

8th SF

World Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:05.36

2014

3rd

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (800m)

2:01.64

2014

1st

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:11.46

  

Prepared by Elena Dyachkova for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2014        

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