Yelena Sipatova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing the  Soviet Union
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Paris Senior race
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Madrid Senior race
European Athletics Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Athens 3000 m
European Athletics Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Budapest 3000 m

Yelena Sipatova (Russian: Елена Сипатова; born 7 June 1955) is a retired long-distance runner from the Soviet Union, and a former winner of the Rome City Marathon (1995).[1]


She was the first IAAF-recognised women's world record holder in the 10,000 metres with her time of 32:17.20 minutes. She also set an unrecognised world best in the 5000 metres, with 15:24.6 minutes in 1981.[2]

Her first successes came under her maiden name, Yelena Chernysheva (also transliterated Elena Chernyshova),[3] and she was the individual bronze medallist and team gold medallist at the 1980 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.[4] She repeated that same feat at the 1981 event and won a third and final team title at the 1982 edition (leading the Soviet women in seventh).[5]

On the track she competed in the 3000 metres. She won a silver outdoors at the 1981 European Cup, then won a bronze medal at the 1982 European Athletics Championships.[6] She was a gold medallist at the 1983 European Athletics Indoor Championships.[7]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1980 World Cross Country Championships Paris, France 3rd Senior race 15:52
1st Senior team 15 pts
1981 World Cross Country Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd Senior race 14:22
1st Senior team 24 pts
European Cup Zagreb, Yugoslavia 2nd 3000 m 8:49.99
1982 World Cross Country Championships Rome, Italy 7th Senior race 14:51.9
1st Team 44 pts
European Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 3000 m 8:34.06
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 3000 m 9:04.40
World Cross Country Championships Gateshead, England 21st Senior race 14:21
2nd Team 41 pts
1986 World Cross Country Championships Colombier, Switzerland 49th Senior race 15:54.9
7th Senior team 140 pts

Circuit wins


  1. ^ Rome City Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
  2. ^ "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009" (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 551. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
  3. ^ Elena Sipatova. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
  4. ^ IAAF World Cross Country Championships 4.5km CC Women Paris Lonchamp Date: Sunday, March 9, 1980. AthChamps (archived). Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
  5. ^ Yelena Sipatova at World Athletics
  6. ^ European Championships (Women). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
  7. ^ European Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-03-06.
Records Preceded byNone Women's 10,000 metres world record holder 19 October 1981 – 16 July 1982 Succeeded byMary Decker Sporting positions Preceded byGrete Waitz Women's 3000 m Best Year Performance 1980 Succeeded byMaricica Puică