Irina Privalova

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Irina Anatoljewna Privalova (Russian: Ирина Анатольевна Привалова; née Sergeyeva on 22 November 1968 in Malakhovka) is a Russian athlete.

She first competed in the sprint events, winning two Olympic medals in the 100 m and 200 m in 1992 whilst representing the Unified Team. Irina Privalova had been a formidable competitor during most of the 1990s but had not yet won an outdoor world championship gold medal. In 2000, she gambled successfully and switched to the 400 m hurdles discipline winning the Olympic title in Sydney 2000 in 53.02 s and a bronze in the 4 x 400 m relay team for Russia. It has been suggested that this change at the late age of 31 was because her chances of defeating Marion Jones (the overwhelming favourite for the 100 m/200 m double) was slim and the 400 m also being a repeat showdown between Marie-José Pérec and Cathy Freeman from the 1996 Atlanta Games. (That repeat showdown would not happen after Perec left the Sydney games.)

Irina Privalova is currently the world indoor record holder in the 50 m (5.96 s), 60 m (6.92 s) sprints. She has also been the world indoor champion at the 60 m (7.02 s in 1991), 200 m (22.15 s in 1993), and 400 m (50.23 s in 1995) events.

Privalova is still running, achieving her best time in the 100 m for nine years in 2008.[1]


1984: Nawal El Moutawakel (MAR)  • 1988: Debbie Flintoff-King (AUS)  • 1992: Sally Gunnell (GBR)  • 1996: Deon Hemmings (JAM)  • 2000: Irina Privalova (RUS)  • 2004: Fani Halkia (GRE)  • 2008: Melaine Walker (JAM)

 1985: Silke Gladisch (GDR)  •  1987: Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED)  •  1989: Nelli Fiere-Cooman (NED)  •  1991: Irina Sergeyeva (URS)  •  1993: Gail Devers (USA)  •  1995: Merlene Ottey (JAM)  •  1997: Gail Devers (USA)  •  1999: Ekaterini Thanou (GRE)  •  2001: Chandra Sturrup (JAM)  •  2003: Zhanna Block (UKR)  •  2004: Gail Devers (USA)  •  2006: Me'Lisa Barber (USA)  •  2008: Angela Williams (USA)  •  2010: Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM)

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