Ellina Zvereva
Personal information
Native nameЭліна Зверава
Full nameEllina Aleksandrovna Zvereva
Born16 November 1960 (1960-11-16) (age 61)
Dolgoprudny, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Country Soviet Union (1984–1991)
 Belarus (1993–2009)
Event(s)Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)71.58 m (1988)

Ellina Aleksandrovna Zvereva (Belarusian: Эліна Зверава; born 16 November 1960 in Dolgoprudny) is a Belarusian former discus thrower best known for winning the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She became world champion in 1995, and again in 2001 after the disqualification of Natalya Sadova. Her victory in 2001 made her the oldest World Champion ever, at 40 years and 269 days.[1]

Her personal best is 71.58m.[citation needed] She retired in 2010 as one of the last remaining athletes to have competed for the Soviet Union.


In 1992 she tested positive for anabolic steroids.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 5th 68.94 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 6th 63.88 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 9th 63.22 m
Representing  Belarus
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 64.46 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 68.64 m
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, United States 3rd 65.64 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Milan, Italy 2nd 64.66 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 65.90 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 65.92 m
2000 Summer Olympics Sydney, Australia 1st 68.40 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Doha, U.A.E. 2nd 63.96 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 67.10 m
2002 IAAF Grand Prix Final Paris, France 3rd 63.28 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 61.72 m
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 6th 60.82 m

See also


  1. ^ "World Championship Statistics Handbook" (Press release). IAAF. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Zvereva claims historic gold". BBC News. 27 September 2000.