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Great Russian women - Olga Kaniskina, Three-Time World Champion in Speed Walk

Olga Kaniskina

Olga Kaniskina is a Russian race walker. She is a three time World Champion, having won at both the 2007 World Championships, 2009 World Championships and 2011 World Championships.

Olga Nikolayevna Kaniskina was born on January 19, 1985 in Napolnaya Tavla, Kochkurovsky District, Mordvin ASSR, Russian SFSR. She started race walking; at the age of 7 and by the age of 18 she had already had a title of Master of Sports. In 2005 she took silver in European Youth Championship in Erfurt. At the 2006 IAAF World Race Walking Cup she finished in fifth place and won her first major medal, a silver, at the 2006 European Athletics Championships later that year. She won her first global title the following year, taking the gold in the women's 20 km walk at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she broke the standing Olympic record for the fastest 20 km walk. She walked 20 km in 1:26:31 to beat the silver medalist by 36 seconds. (The previous record was 1:29:05.) Olga became the first woman to win the title consecutively by taking her second World gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics with the time 1:28:09. She won the women's 20 kilometres walk title at the world championships for a record third time in August 2011 at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Kaniskina crossed the line in a time of 1:29.42 and became the three-time World Champion in speed walk.

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