Svetlana Tsarukayeva, Russian weightlifter
Svetlana Tsarukayeva is a Russian weightlifter. She is Honored Master of Sports of Russia. The pretty girl is 2011 world champion and 2012 Summer Olympic Games silver medalist.
Sveta was born on December 25, 1987. In 2002, she won the first gold award, although she was only fifteen years old. The following year the girl won gold at the championship of Russia. It should be noted that those were competitions of youth level.
In 2006 Svetlana debuted in adult competitions. At that time, she was only nineteen years old, but she managed to win silver at the 2006 World Championships.
A year later the girl again won a silver medal at the World Championships. In the same year, she won the gold of the adult Russian championship. Svetlana was twenty years old, and she was among the most promising athletes of the country. In 2008, the girl received the gold medal at the Russian championship. The following years, the athlete won several awards at the World and European championships, but did not win a single gold medal. 2011 was very important in the career of the young weightlifter.
In 2011, Svetlana went to the World Championships, which took place in the French capital. Bookmakers were sure that the Russian woman would compete for the pedestal, but there was little chance that she would win gold. In spite of everything, Tsarukayeva managed not only to win gold, but also set a world record. In addition to the success at the international tournament, the girl won the main award at the championship of Russia.
At the 2009 Goyang World Championships she became a silver medalist.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London Svetlana won silver.
On August 13, 2012 Svetlana was awarded medal of the Order For Services to the Fatherland I degree for her great contribution to the development of physical culture and sports, high achievements in sport at the Games of the XXX Olympiad 2012 in London (UK).
On March 20, 2012 Tsarukayeva and Khadzhimurat Akkaev received the 2011 Best Weightlifter award according to the World Weightlifting magazine. For the first time in the 28-year history of the award, Russian athletes were recognized as the best.
On May 30, 2016, she announced the end of her sports career.
On April 5, 2017, the International Olympic Committee deprived Tsarukayeva of the 2012 Olympic silver medal due to the presence of doping in her tests.