Olga Kaniskina, Russian race walker
Olga Kaniskina is a Russian race walker. She won the silver medal in the 20 km walk at the 2006 European Championships and gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is a three time World Champion, having won at both the 2007 World Championships, 2009 World Championships and 2011 World Championships. She also won the 20 km walk at the 2008 IAAF World Race Walking Cup, setting a Championship record of 1:25:42.
Olga was born on born January 19, 1985 in the Soviet Union. Olga participated in numerous youth competitions of regional and nationwide level.
She graduated from the Mordovia State University, Mathematics Department.
Kaniskina’s first victory of 2010 came at the Na Rynek Marsz! competition in Krakow, Poland, where she beat Melanie Seeger by two seconds. She improved one position from her 2006 performance to top the podium at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, claiming the women’s 20 km title. Her 2011 started with a win on the 2011 World Challenge circuit in Rio Maior in April.
In 2009, she was named the best athlete of the year by Sport TV channel.