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Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
Athletics competitor

Gulnara Samitova-Galkina

Gulnara Samitova-Galkina
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Intro Athletics competitor
A.K.A. Gulnara Iskanderovna Galkina
Is Runner Athlete Long-distance runner Middle-distance runner
From Russia
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 9 July 1978, Naberezhnye Chelny
Age 44 years
Spouse: Anton Galkin
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Gulnara Iskanderovna Samitova-Galkina (Russian: Гульнара Искандеровна Самитова-Галкина, Tatar: Гөлнара Искәндәр кызы Самитова-Галкина) (born 9 July 1978 in Naberezhnye Chelny, Tatarstan) is a Russian middle-distance runner. In July 2004 she ran 3000 metres steeplechase in a new world record of 9:01.59 minutes. Early that year she won a bronze medal over 1500 metres at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Gulnara Samitova-Galkina is of mixed Tatar and Russian origin. She is a two-time national champion in the women's 5000 metres.
Samitova claimed the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in the 3000m steeplechase, breaking her own world record in the final with a time of 8:58.81 min, becoming the first woman in history to run under 9 minutes for the steeplechase.
She won both the 800 and 1500 metres races at the Russian Team Championships in June 2009, clocking a personal best of 2:00.29 in the 800 m and a world leading time over 1500 m.
She missed the whole 2010 season, including the 2010 European Athletics Championships, after becoming pregnant and giving birth to her daughter Alina in June. She returned to training in the autumn of 2010.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
2003 World Championships Paris, France 7th 5000 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 1500 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 6th 5000 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th 3000 m s'chase
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 3000 m s'chase
12th 5000 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 3000 m s'chase
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 4th 3000 m s'chase
2012 Olympic Games London, England DNF 3000 m s'chase

Personal bests

  • 800 metres - 2:00.29 min (2009)
  • 1500 metres - 4:01.29 min (2004)
  • Mile run - 4:20.23 min (2007)
  • 3000 metres - 8:42.96 min (2008)
  • 3000 metres steeplechase - 8:58.81 min WR (2008)
  • 5000 metres - 14:33.13 min (2008)

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