Yuliya Gushchina
Personal information
Born (1983-03-04) 4 March 1983 (age 40)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Country Russia
SportWomen's athletics
Event(s)4 × 400m Relay
Medal record
Olympic Games
Disqualified 2008 Beijing 4x100 m relay
Disqualified 2008 Beijing 4×400 m relay
Disqualified 2012 London 4×400 m relay
World Championships
Disqualified 2013 Moscow 4×400 m relay
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Valencia 4×400 m relay
Disqualified 2012 Istanbul 4x400 m relay
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Gothenburg 4x100 m relay
Silver medal – second place 2006 Gothenburg 200 meters
World Junior Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Kingston 4x100 m relay

Yuliya Aleksandrovna Gushchina (Russian: Ю́лия Александровна Гу́щина, born 4 March 1983 in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast) is a Russian sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres.[1]

On 30 November 2017 her results from the 2012 Summer Olympics were disqualified as a result of a positive doping test.[2]


Gushchina represented Russia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing competing at the 4x100 metres relay, together with Aleksandra Fedoriva, Yuliya Chermoshanskaya and Yevgeniya Polyakova. In their first round heat they placed second behind Jamaica, but in front of Germany and China. With this result they qualified for the final in which they sprinted to 42.31 seconds, the first place and the gold medal. Belgium and Nigeria took the other medals. The Jamaican team did not finish due to a mistake in the baton exchange.[1] In August 2016, Gushchina and her three Russian teammates were stripped of their Olympic gold medal due to a doping violation by Chermoshanskaya.[3][4]

With the 2017 announcement of the disqualification of the 2012 Russian 4x400 team, due to the doping violation of Antonina Krivoshapka, all three of Gushchina's Olympic medals have been taken away.

In the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Gushchina changed from the 400 m to the 200 m and competed, she reached the 200 m semi-finals but narrowly missed out to the finals, in the 4 × 100 m relay Russia were fourth in the final a great disappointment, Jamaica won, Bahamas 2nd and Germany 3rd.

In the 2013 World Championships, during the medal ceremony for the women's 4×400 metres relay images of Kseniya Ryzhova and Yuliya Gushchina[n 1] sharing a kiss on the lips spread through social media and were interpreted as a protest against the anti-gay laws.[5] Both Ryzhova and Gushchina denied any intention to make such a protest, rather they were simply happy with their athletic success, and stated that they were married to men.[6] Although reports were principally focused on the pair, all four of the Russia relay runners briefly kissed each other on the podium.[7] Ryzhova described her assumed connection to LGBT as insulting.[8] The Russian Minister for Sport, Vitaly Mutko, said that Western media had over-emphasised the issue, noting that same-sex relations are not illegal in Russia and sparser coverage of the issue in domestic media.[9]

International competitions

Representing  Russia
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 11th (sf) 200 m 24.12 wind: +0.4 m/s
3rd 4 × 400 m relay 3:30.72
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 5th 200 m 23.59 wind: 1.0 m/s
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.55
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 200 m DQ
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 200 m 22.75
4 × 100 m relay DNF
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 200 m 23.18
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 100 m 11.31
2nd 200 m 22.93
1st 4 × 100 m relay 42.71
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 17th (h) 60 m 7.31
World Championships Osaka, Japan 5th 4 × 100 m relay 42.97
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:28.17
Olympic Games Beijing, China 4th 400 m 50.01
DSQ (1st) 4 × 100 m relay 42.31
DSQ (2nd) 4 × 400 m relay 3:18.82
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 17th (sf) 200 m 23.24
4th 4 × 100 m relay 43.00
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th 4 × 100 m relay 42.91
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 18th (sf) 200 m 23.26
6th 4 × 100 m relay 42.93
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey DSQ (3rd) 4 × 400 m relay 3:29.55
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia DSQ (1st) 4 × 400 m relay 3:20.19

Personal bests

See also


  1. ^ Several sources misidentified the pictures of Gushchina as fellow relay medallist Tatyana Firova.[5]


  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Yulia Gushchina, beijing2008.cn, ret: 27 August 2008
  2. ^ Full decision regarding Yulia Gushchina at International Olympic Committee
  3. ^ Payne, Marissa. "Russia stripped of 4×100 gold medal from 2008 Olympics because of doping". washingtonpost.com. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  4. ^ IOC sanctions Yulia Chermoshanskaya for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008
  5. ^ a b Hart, Simon (18 August 2013). World Athletics Championships 2013: gay row 'invented by Western media' insists Russian sports minister. Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.
  6. ^ Luhn, Alec (19 August 2013). Russian athlete denies kiss with relay partner was in protest at anti-gay law. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.
  7. ^ VIDEO: Russian relay team kiss on podium in Moscow, World Athletics Championships 2013 Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. 3 News. Retrieved on 2013-08-19.
  8. ^ "Рыжова: западные СМИ оскорбили и нас с Юлей, и всю федерацию". Газета.Ru. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  9. ^ Russia's anti-gay law uproar an 'invented problem' – sports minister. The Guardian/Reuters (19 August 2013). Retrieved on 2013-08-19.