Svetlana Masterkova, middle distance runner
Svetlana Masterkova is a former Russian middle distance runner and current world record holder for the mile. At the 1996 Summer Olympics, she won the gold medal in both the 800 and 1,500 m. She is a Master of Sports of Russia, IAAF World Athlete of the Year (1996).
Svetlana was born on January 17, 1968 in Achinsk (Siberia).
Her breakthrough came in 1991, winning the national championships of the Soviet Union, which also qualified her for the World Championships. In 1994 and 1995, she took a break from running, giving birth to a daughter (Anastasia).
In 1996, she returned to athletics. At the Russian Championships, she won both distances in top times. At the end of 1996, the girl was named the best athlete of the year in Russia.
Her 1998 season was great, crowned by a win in the 1500 m at the European Championships. At the 1999 World championships, Masterkova again contested both middle distance events.
In 2003, Svetlana announced the end of her sports career.
Masterkova speaks English and Spanish. In 2008, a feature film about the fate of Svetlana Masterkova – Distance, was released. Russian actress Olga Pogodina played the role of Svetlana.
In 1994 Svetlana married Russian professional road racing cyclist Asiat Saitov.