Olesya Povh
Pedros Cup 2015 Łódź, Olesia Povh 01.jpg
Povh in 2015
Personal information
Born (1987-10-18) 18 October 1987 (age 34)
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.67 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Weight63 kg (139 lb)
Country Ukraine
Event(s)100 metres

Olesya Povh (Ukrainian: Олеся Іванівна Повх (Olesya Ivanivna Povkh); born 18 October 1987)[1] is a Ukrainian former sprint athlete who specialized in the 100 metres. Her personal best times include 11.08 seconds in the 100 m, achieved in June 2012.[1] She is an Olympic Games bronze medalist, World Championships bronze medalist, European Championships gold and silver medalist, and European Indoor Championships gold medalist.[2]

Early life

Povh is Jewish, and was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.[3][4][5][6] She graduated from the Dnipropetrovsk State Institute of Physical Culture and Sports in 2010 and chose to focus on athletics full-time in 2011.


Povh had her first year of international competition in 2010. She reached the semi-finals of the 60 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and won a relay bronze medal with Ukraine at the 2010 European Team Championships. She gained selection for the 100 m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and was eliminated in the semi-finals. However, she went on to have success at the competition as part of the Ukrainian 4 × 100 metres relay team: running with Nataliya Pohrebnyak, Mariya Ryemyen, and Yelyzaveta Bryzhina, the team won the gold medal in a national record time of 42.29 seconds – the fastest mark in the world that year.[7] The team reprised their roles for the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, representing Europe, and took the silver medal behind the Americas team.[8]

Povh began 2011 with a 60 metres best run of 7.14 seconds, gaining selection for the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships.[9] At the 2012 Olympic Games in London she and her teammates Khrystyna Stuy, Mariya Ryemyen, and Yelyzaveta Bryzhina won the bronze medals in the 4 × 100 metres relay by setting a new national record.[10][11]

On the eve of the 2017 World Championships in Athletics, Povh failed a drug test and was suspended from competing in the championships.[12] In March 2019, the CAS confirmed that Povh committed the anti-doping rule infractions and confirmed the UAF Executive Committee decisions about the disqualification of Povh for four years starting from 15 June 2016.[13]


  1. ^ a b "IAAF: Olesya POVH - Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  2. ^ Olesya POVH. "Profile of Olesya Povh". All-Athletics.com. Archived from the original on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  3. ^ Fintzy, Uri (30 July 2012). "Final results for the Jewish athletes from the London 2012 Olympic Games". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  4. ^ "2012 Summer Olympic medalists". Jewish Sports Review. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Olesya Povh – 2012: Silver medal at European Champions". Sporting-heroes.net. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Olesya Povh – Player Profile". Au.eurosport.com. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  7. ^ Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (1 August 2010)
  8. ^ 2010 Continental Cup 4x100 Metres Relay – W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 23 January 2011. Archived 6 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Ukraine’s Povh speeds to world-leading 60m. European Athletics (23 January 2011). Retrieved on 23 January 2011. Archived 27 May 2012 at archive.today
  10. ^ "International Association of Athletics Federations". iaaf.org. Retrieved 12 August 2012.
  11. ^ USA smash world 4x100m relay record to win Olympic gold, BBC Sport (10 August 2012)
  12. ^ "The World Athletics Championships haven't started and two athletes have already failed drug tests". 4 August 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.tas-cas.org/fileadmin/user_upload/CAS_Media_Release_5654_5655.pdf[bare URL PDF]