Svetlana Podobedova

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Svetlana Podobedova
Svetlana Podobedova 2012c.jpg
Podobedova at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameSvetlana Nikolayevna Podobedova
Born (1986-05-25) 25 May 1986 (age 32)
Ziminsky District, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Years active2003–
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
Spouse(s)Vladimir Sedov
SportOlympic weightlifting
Event(s)–75 kg
Coached byPavel Blinov, Enver Turkileri, Alexey Ni
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 134 kg (2010)
  • Clean & Jerk: 161 kg (2012)
  • Total: 295 kg (2010)
Updated on 27 October 2016.

Svetlana Podobedova (Kazakh: Светлана Подобедова; born May 25, 1986, Zima, Irkutsk[1]) is a Kazakh weightlifter of Russian descent.


Podobedova was awarded the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 75 kg category with a total of 291 kg. Her 161 kg Clean and Jerk was an Olympic record and her 291 kg total tied the Olympic record set only minutes before by Natalya Zabolotnaya. She was awarded the medal by virtue of lighter bodyweight.[1]

In June 2016, following the Russian doping scandal, it was announced by the IWF that retests of the samples taken from the 2012 Olympics indicated that Podobedova had tested positive for prohibited substances, namely Stanazolol. If confirmed, she faced losing her Olympic medal, and all results and medals earned from the date of the sample in 2012 to 2016.[2] In October 2016, she was stripped of her Olympic medal.[3] Zabolotnaya and the bronze medalist, Iryna Kulesha, were disqualified and stripped of their medals as well.


  1. ^ a b Svetlana Podobedova.
  2. ^ IWF public disclosures
  3. ^ "9 Olympians, including 6 medallists, caught for Beijing doping". 26 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.

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