Olha Bryzhina was the top female long sprinter of the World in the late 1980s and early 90s. Bryzhina competed at two Olympic Games and two World Championships and won three Olympic golds (1988 400 m and 1988/1992 4×400 m relay) and Olympic silver (1992 400 m) and two World titles (1987 400 m and 1991 4×400 m relay) and a World Championship silver in 1987 in the 4×400 m relay. She also won 400 m silver at the 1986 European Championships, 400 m and 4×400 m relay silvers at the 1985 World Cup, 400 m gold and 4×400 m silver at the 1986 Goodwill Games and 400 m and 4×400 m golds at the 1985 European Cup. Bryzhina probably missed a further Olympic medals due Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympics. Instead of Olympics, Bryzhina competed at the the competed at the Friendship Games in 1984, a replacement games held by countries who boycotted the 1984 Olympics, and won gold medal in 4×400 m relay and bronze medal in 400 m. Bryzhina was part of one world record, when she ran the Soviet 4×400 anchor leg at the 1988 Olympics, helping set a world record of 3:15.18 in the final, as she held off Florence Griffith Joyner in one of the greatest races ever run. As of 2014, the record still stands. Bryzhina was also Soviet 400 champion in 1984-86 and 1991. She is married to fellow Soviet/Ukrainian sprinter Viktor Bryzhin, who won gold in the 4×100 relay at the 1988 Olympics and their daughter Yelyzaveta Bryzhina is an Ukrainian sprinter who won two medals at the 2010 European Championships and a 4×100 m relay bronze at the 2012 Olympics.
Personal Best: 400 – 48.27 (1985).