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Olga Kaniskina
Olga Kaniskina Russian Federation

  • Country: Russia
  • Sport: Track & Field
  • Height: 5'3" / 1.60m
  • Weight: 95 lbs / 43.1 kg
  • Born: 1/19/1985
  • Career Highlights: One of the most decorated race walkers in the world, Kaniskina will try to defend her Olympic gold at the 2012 Games. Despite battling a steady rain that made conditions slippery in Beijing four years ago, Kaniskina set an Olympic record in the 20k race with a time of 1:26:31 - 36 seconds better than the previous mark. She bested that time one year later at the Russian Championships, clocking in at 1:24:56 - which would have been good enough for a world record, but could not be approved without international judges on site. Still, she owns the official championship record with a time of 1:25:42, set at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. A year ago, Kaniskina became the first female to win a third consecutive world championship, also having won the event in 2007 and ’09.
  • Previous Olympics: 2008
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