Nadezhda Kolesnikova-Ilyina

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNadezhda Leonidovna•Kolesnikova-Ilyina
Used nameNadezhda•Kolesnikova-Ilyina
Original nameНадежда Леонидовна•Колесникова-Ильина
Born24 January 1949 in Zelenokumsk, Stavropol Kray (RUS)
Died7 December 2013 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements175 cm / 61 kg
AffiliationsDynamo Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


Nadezhda Ilyina (née Kolesnikova) was the leading Soviet female long sprinter in the mid-1970s. Ilyina competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, winning a 4x400 m relay bronze in 1976 and reaching the 400 m semifinal at both Olympics. Ilyina also competed at the 1971 and 1974 European Championships and won the 4x400 m relay bronze at both championships, while finishing fourth in the 400 m in 1974.

At the European Indoor Championships, Ilyina won gold in 4x2 laps relay in 1975, 400 m silvers in 1974 and 1975, 4x2 laps relay silver in 1972 and 1+2+3+4 laps relay bronze in 1970. At the 1974 European Indoor Championships held in Göteborg, Sweden, Ilyina set a World indoor 400 m record, when she clocked 52.44 in her semifinal run. Domestically, Ilyina was the Soviet 400 m champion in 1973-75 and 4x400 m champion in 1969, 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1977.

After finishing her sporting career, Ilyina worked as an athletics coach with Dynamo Moskva. Her daughter Nadiya Petrova became a successful tennis player who ranked no. 3 in the world in singles in May 2006. Ilyina died in a car accident in the Moscow suburbs in December 2013.

Personal Best: 400 – 51.19 (1976).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics URS RUS Nadezhda Kolesnikova
400 metres, Women (Olympic) 7 h2 r3/4
4 × 100 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union DNS
4 × 400 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 8
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics URS RUS Nadezhda Ilyina
400 metres, Women (Olympic) 5 h2 r3/4
4 × 400 metres Relay, Women (Olympic) Soviet Union 3 Bronze

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