Inga Abitova

Inga Eduardovna Abitova (Russian: Инга Эдуардовна Абитова, born March 6, 1982 in Novokuibyshevsk) is a Russian long-distance runner, who specializes in the 10,000 metres and the marathon. She was the 2006 European Champion in the 10,000 m and reached the final at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Inga Abitova
Inga Abitova Hilda Kibet Barcelona 2010

Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Russia
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2006 Gothenburg 10,000 m
Disqualified 2010 Barcelona 10,000 m


In 2012, she was given a two-year ban for breaking anti-doping regulations. The reason given was an "abnormal haemoglobin profile in her biological passport". Her competition results will be annulled, beginning 10 October 2009 and her suspension began on 11 October 2012.[1][2]

In May 2016, it was reported that Abitova was one of 14 Russian athletes, implicated in doping following the retesting of urine from the 2008 Olympic Games. Abitova was named by Russian press agency TASS as having failed the retest, which was undertaken following the Russian doping scandal of 2015 and 2016. If confirmed, under IOC and IAAF rules, she stands to lose all results, medals and records from the date of the original test to May 2016.[3] Her doping offence was confirmed on 13 September.[4]


As a junior athlete Abitova finished eleventh in the 3000 metres at the 1999 World Youth Championships. She began cross country running and – after taking part in the 2001 IAAF World Cross Country Championships – she took fourth place in the junior race at the 2005 European Cross Country Championships, helping the Russian junior team to a gold medal. She won the Belgrade Marathon in 2005, finishing in 2:38:20,[5] and ran at the 2005 European Cross Country Championships, taking seventh place and leading the Russian women to a team gold.

In 2006, she became European champion over the 10,000 metres at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her winning time of 30:31.42 minutes meant a new personal best for her and the seventh-best time ever run by a European woman. Abitova won the 10,000 m at the 2007 Russian Championships. She later finished twelfth at the 2007 World Championships and sixth at the 2008 Olympic Games.

The following year she ran at the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and finished in ninth place – the best performance by a European woman. She participated in the inaugural edition of the Yokohama Women's Marathon held in Japan and she won the race in a time of 2:27:18. Abitova broke from the main pack at the 30 km mark and was unchallenged to the finish.[6] Her first major race of 2010 was the London Marathon and she was the runner-up behind compatriot Liliya Shobukhova, having finished the race in a time of 2:22:19.[7] Her results from the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships onwards were subsequently annulled.

Currently, she trains under Vladimir Timofeyev. She graduated from the Samara Institute of Law of the Federal Penitentiary Service.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 11th 3000 m
2001 World Cross Country Championships Ostend, Belgium 30th Junior race
European Cross Country Championships Thun, Switzerland 4th Junior race
1st Junior team
2005 European Cross Country Championships Tilburg, Netherlands 7th Senior race
1st Senior team
Belgrade Marathon Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1st Marathon
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 10,000 m
European Cross Country Championships San Giorgio su Legnano, Italy 31st Senior race
Mumbai Marathon Mumbai, India 2nd Marathon
2007 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 9th Marathon
World Championships Osaka, Japan 12th 10,000 m
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China DSQ (6th) 10,000 m
2009 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon
World Half Marathon Championships Birmingham, UK DSQ (9th) Half marathon
Yokohama Marathon Yokohama, Japan DSQ (1st) Marathon
2010 London Marathon London, United Kingdom DSQ (2nd) Marathon 02:22:19
New York Marathon New York, United States DSQ (4th) Marathon 02:29:17


  1. ^ Russia's Abitova handed two-year doping ban. Reuters. (7 November 2012). Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  2. ^ Ex-European Champion Abitova Gets 2-Year Ban. RIA Novosti. (7 November 2012). Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  3. ^ Russia could lose Beijing medals after retests.
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  5. ^ Butcher, Pat (23 April 2005). "Course record falls as Belgrade Marathon makes successful return". IAAF. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  6. ^ Nakamura, Ken; Onishi, Akihiro (15 November 2009). "Abitova takes inaugural Yokohama Women's Marathon". IAAF. Archived from the original on 19 February 2010. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  7. ^ Brown, Matthew (25 April 2010). "Commanding victories for Kebede and Shobukhova – London Marathon report". IAAF. Retrieved 28 April 2016.

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