Olga Kaniskina is Russian Race Walker

August 20, 2008

Meet Olga Kaniskina, a Russian Olympic race walker. See photos, video and a biography of Olga below.

Congratulations to Olga Kaniskina, the Russian gold medal winner in the 20 km walk. She finished the event amidst the rain with a time of 1:26:31, a new Olympic record.

Olga Kaniskina Biography

As a biography, Olga Kaniskina was born on January 19, 1985 in Saransk, Russia. She is 23 years old. She stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 95 pounds.

Olga started training as a race walker in 2000, but did not seriously train until 2005. Olga’s first competition in international race walking was in 2006, when she took second place at the European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2007, she won the gold medal at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, with a time of 1:30:09.

At the Russian Indoor Championships in February 2008, she took first place and set a world record of 1:25:42, but unfortunately the record does not stand, as IAAF rules require that three official judges must be present during the race for a world record to be recognized and there weren’t any international judges at the event.

More photos and video of Olga Kaniskina are below.

Olga Kaniskina Video

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