Yelena Soboleva

Soboleva at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Russia
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Moscow 1500 m

Yelena Vladimirovna Soboleva (Russian: Елена Владимировна Соболева, born 3 August 1982 in Bryansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian former middle-distance runner who specialized in the 1500 metres.

In February 2008 she established a new world indoor record of 3:58.05 minutes in a race in Moscow,[1] and in March 2008 she beat her own world record in Valencia. She won a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow.

During the Russian Indoor meeting in Moscow in January 2008, she set a new national record in the women's mile run with a time of 4:20.21 minutes, which was the third fastest of all-time.[2] She also holds the national indoor record for 800 m, set in Moscow during the 2008 season.

After a two-year doping ban from 2007, she returned to the sport in 2011, but retired after the 2013 season.

Doping ban

Soboleva was selected to represent Russia in both the 800 m and 1500 m at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but was suspended from competition, after the discovery of doping test irregularities. She and four her teammates were charged in substitution of their urine tests after competitions last year. There were no charges in using of doping but they were suspended.[3][4]

On 20 October 2008, it was announced that Soboleva, along with six other Russian athletes would receive two-year doping bans for manipulating drug samples.[5] The ban came into effect from April 2007, when the samples were given for testing.[6]

On 7 April 2021, Soboleva was banned from athletics for 8 years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport with all of her competitive results from 1 May 2011 to 15 December 2016 disqualified.[7]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 7th 1500 m 4:15.22
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 1500 m 4:02.48
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 1500 m 4:05.21
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 1500 m 4:00.36
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan DQ (2nd) 1500 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain DQ (1st) 1500 m

Personal bests



See also