Lyubov Gurina

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Lyubov Mikhailovna Gurina (Russian: Любовь Гурина; born 6 August 1957 in Matushkino, Kirov Oblast) is a retired middle-distance runner who represented the USSR, the Unified Team, and later Russia. Competing mainly in the 800 metres, in 1994 she became the oldest European Champion at the age of 37. In addition, she co-holds the world record in the rarely contested 4x800 metres relay, with 7:50.17 set in 1984.

Gurina is a three-time World Championship medallist in the 800 metres, with silvers in 1983 and 1993, and bronze in 1987. She also competed at two Olympic Games


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 800 m 1:56.11
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 3rd 800 m 1:57.73
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd 800 m 1:55.56 PB
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 16th (h) 1500 m 4:08.59
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 1st 800 m 2:01.63
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 7th 800m 1:59.59
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 4th 800 m 2:02.04
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 8th 800 m 1:58.13
Representing  Russia
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 800 m 1:57.10
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 800 m 1:58.55
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 800 m 1:59.16

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