Queens of Russian athletics always keep their crown

Liliya Bulatovna Shobukhova is a Russian long-distance runner who competed inmarathon races. She previously specialized in the 3000 and 5000 metres track events. She served a doping ban until 23 August 2015. Shobukhova started her career in middle-distance running in 2001 and reached the final at both the European Indoor Championships and European Athletics Championships in 2002. She moved on to longer distances and, two years later, she represented Russia at the 2004 Athens Olympics and reached the 5000 m final. She ran at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, but her first major successes came the following year when she won silver medals at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2006 European Athletics Championships


Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and won a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She was also runner-up at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009, and bronze medalist in 2013 and 2015

Svetlana Alexandrovna Masterkova, born 17 January 1968 in Achinsk, is a Russian former middle distance runner and current women's world record holder for the mile and the kilometer. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in both the 800 metres and 1500 metres

Irina Anatolyevna Privalova is a Russian athlete who has won a gold medal at the Olympics. 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 Sydney2000 in 53.02 s and a bronze in the 4 x 400 m relay team for Russia


Tatyana Romanovna Lebedeva, born 21 July 1976, is a Russian athlete who competes in both the long jump and triple jump events. She is one of the most successful athletes in the disciplines, having won gold medals at Olympic, world and European levels. She has a long jump best of 7.33 m and holds the indoor world record mark of 15.36 m in the triple jump

Elena Anatolyevna Lashmanova, born April 9, 1992 in Saransk, Mordovia, is a Russian race walker. She was the 2012 Olympic Champion in the 20K walk. She received a two-year ban for a doping violation along with a similar penalty for the majority of her training partners shortly thereafter

Olga Nikolayevna Kaniskina, born January 19, 1985, is a Russian coach and former race walker. She won the silver medal in the 20 km walk at the 2006 European Championships, gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She is a three-time World Champion, having won at both the 2007 World Championships, 2009 World Championships and 2011 World Championships. She also won the 20 km walk at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, setting a Championship record of 1:25:42


Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva is a Russian pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008), a three-time World Champion (2005, 2007 and 2013), the current world record holder in the event, who is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. Isinbayeva has been a major champion on nine occasions (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion). She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. After poor performances at the world championships in 2009 and 2010, she took a year-long break from the sport


Mariya Sergeyevna Savinova, born 13 August 1985, is a Russian athlete who specializes in the 800 metres. She is best known for winning the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea