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Irina Privalova

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 2
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameIrina Anatolyevna•Privalova (Sergeyeva-)
Used nameIrina•Privalova
Original nameИрина Анатольевна•Привалова (Сергеева-)
Born22 November 1968 in Malakhovka, Moskva Oblast (RUS)
Measurements174 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsSpartak, Moskva/Moskva Trade Union
NOC(s) Russian Federation Unified Team
Ethnic nationRUS


Irina Privalova was one of the top female sprinters of the world in the 1990s, who later switched to the 400 hurdles, where she considered her medal chances better. Privalova made her international début at the 1991 World Championships, winning silver as a member of the Soviet 4×100 relay team. At the 1992 Olympics, she repeated the relay silver and added a bronze in the 100. At the 1993 World Championships, Privalova won her only World title, in the 4×100 m relay and also won silver in the 4×400 relay and bronze in the 200 metres and at the 1995 World Championships, she won silver in the 200 and bronze in the 100. She also competed at two European Championships during her career and won three golds (1994 100/200 and 1998 200), two silvers (1994 4×100 and 1998 100) and one bronze (1998 4×100).

At the end of the 1990s, Privalova felt that the 2000 Olympics were ter last chance to win an Olympic gold, but she did not think she could win gold in the sprints, as Marion Jones seemed unbeatable at that time and she also did not see her 400 chances as very good, because of Cathy Freeman and Marie-José Pérec, although the latter would retire before the 2000 Olympics. So Privalova concentrated on the intermediate hurdles, an event she had not done before, but one with less competition. And at the 2000 Olympics, running only her sixth race in the 400 hurdles, she surprised by winning the Olympic title, beating the defending champion Deon Hemmings. Privalova also won bronze in the 4×400 metre relay at the 2000 Olympics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.77 (1994); 200 – 21.87 (1995); 400 – 49.89 (1993); 400H – 53.02 (2000).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze EUN Irina Privalova
  200 metres, Women Olympic 4
  4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Olympic Unified Team 2 Silver
1996 Summer Olympics Athletics 100 metres, Women Olympic 7 h2 r3/4 RUS Irina Privalova
  200 metres, Women Olympic 3 h4 r2/4
  4 × 100 metres Relay, Women Olympic Russian Federation 4
2000 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres Hurdles, Women Olympic 1 Gold RUS Irina Privalova
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Women Olympic Russian Federation 3 Bronze

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