Marina Shmonina (born 9 February 1965) is an athlete who represented the Soviet Union, and later Russia. She specialized in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Shmonina competed for the Unified Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics, in the heats of the relay competition. When the team of Yelena Ruzina, Lyudmila Dzhigalova, Olga Nazarova and Olga Bryzgina won the final, Shmonina was also awarded the gold medal. Shmonina was hailed in Uzbekistan as the first Uzbek athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.[1]

Doping

At the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships Shmonina tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and the Russian 4x400 relay team lost the gold medal. Shmonina was also handed a four-year ban from sports for the anti-doping rule violation.[2]

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 2nd 400 m 52.36
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 400 m 52.44
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 1st 400 m 51.22
Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 7th 400 m
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:23.70
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 7th 400 m 51.67
1st 4 × 400 m relay
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 2nd 4 × 400 m relay 3:27.95
Representing
 Unified Team
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 5th 400 m 52.26
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 1st 4 × 400 m relay
Representing Russia  Russia
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada DSQ (1st) 4 × 400 m relay DSQ (3:28.90

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