Taisia Chenchik
Taisia Chenchik 1959.jpg
Chenchik at the US-Soviet meet in Philadelphia in 1959
Personal information
Born30 January 1936
Pryluky, Ukraine[1][2]
Died19 November 2013 (aged 77)[1][2]
Moscow, Russia[1][2]
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
Event(s)High jump
ClubBurevestnik Chelyabinsk (1956–62)
Burevestnik Moscow (1963–69)[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1.78 m (1959)[1][3]

Taisiya Filipivna Chenchik (Russian: Таисия Филипповна Ченчик; 30 January 1936 – 19 November 2013) was a Soviet high jumper. She competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and finished fifth and third, respectively. At the European championships she won a gold medal in 1966 and a silver in 1958. Chenchik also won the high jump event at the 1963 Universiade, 1967 European Indoor Championships, USSR-USA dual meets (1958–59, 1962–63, 1965) and Soviet championships (1957–59 and 1962).[1][4]

Chenchik was born in Ukraine in 1936. In 1941, when Germany invaded Ukraine during World War II, her family was evacuated to Chelyabinsk. There she took up athletics while studying at the Chelyabinsk Polytechnic Institute. In 1959 she graduated in electrical engineering, and then worked as a lecturer at the same institute (1959–62) and at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute (1963–91). In retirement she headed Moscow Veteran’s Athletics Federation and was a board member of the Moscow Athletics Federation.[1][4]