Olga Rypakova

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox sportsperson Olga Rypakova (Template:Lang-ru; née Alekseyeva; 30 November 1984) is a Kazakhstan track and field athlete. Originally a heptathlete, she switched to focus on the long jump and began to compete in the triple jump after 2007. Her first successes came in the combined events at Asian competitions – she won the women's pentathlon at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games and took the heptathlon gold at the 2006 Asian Games the following year.

She competed in both jumping events at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished fourth in the triple jump with an Asian record of 15.11 metres. Rypakova has represented Kazakhstan at the 2007 and 2009 World Championships in Athletics. She reached the world podium for the first time at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, where she took gold with an Asian indoor record jump of 15.14 m. She won the gold medal in triple jump at the 2012 London Olympics.[1]


Early career

Born in Ust-Kamenogorsk, she entered her first world junior competition at the age of sixteen and finished eleventh in the long jump qualifying round of the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics. She was more successful in the heptathlon: she finished fourth at the 2001 World Youth Championships in Athletics and went on to take the silver at the following year's World Junior Championships behind the emerging Carolina Klüft. Rypakova also became Kazakhstan's national heptathlon champion that year.[2] She persisted with combined events and started competing on the international circuit, finishing fifth with a season's best at the Multistars competition in 2003,[3] and she became the national indoor champion in the women's pentathlon in 2004.[2]

Rypakova's first major championships appearances came in 2005: in September she took part in the long jump at the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon, finishing in fourth place. Two months later she won her first gold, topping the podium in the indoor pentathlon at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games. Continuing in the pentathlon, she went on to win the gold at the 2006 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships setting an Asian and championships record of 4582 points for the event. Reaching the indoor world stage for the first time, she attended the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships but she did not improve further and took seventh place with 4368 points.

She represented Asia for the first time at the 2006 IAAF World Cup team competition, although she managed only 6.21 m in the long jump competition, finishing in eighth. She made improvements, however, in the weeks following the World Cup by jumping 6.63 m (a new personal best) for second place at the Colorful Daegu Athletics Meeting.[4] She pushed herself beyond the normal seven events at the 2006 Asian Games by winning the heptathlon gold medal with 5955 points, and then participating in the individual long jump competition.[5] She won the long jump bronze medal a day after topping the podium in the heptathlon competition.[6]

Major championship gold

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Olga Rypakova on a 2013 Kazakhstani stamp

A quick succession of major competitions defined her 2007 season. She began by scoring two golds in the horizontal jumps at the 2007 Asian Athletics Championships in July, which included a championship record and national record of 14.69 m in the triple jump.[7] In August at the 2007 Summer Universiade, she brought her country its first ever athletics gold medal at the competition with a personal best of 6.85 m in the long jump.[8]

Three weeks later, she took part in her first ever World Championships in Athletics: she opted to contest the triple jump and she finished fourth in the qualifying. However, she could not match that performance in the final round and finished in eleventh overall. She intended to close the year with an appearance at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games but she withdrew from the competition.

Her 2008 season began with further indoor success: she won her second gold and set her second championship record at the 2008 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships, this time in the triple jump with a mark of 14.23 m. The 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships followed shortly and she came close to the podium in the triple jump competition but while her jump of 14.58 m was enough to set an indoor Asian record, it was not enough to push Marija Šestak out of the bronze medal position.[9] Similar bitter-sweet results awaited her at the 2008 Summer Olympics, her first time representing Kazakhstan at the Summer Olympics. She entered both the horizontal jump competitions and recorded a new Asian record of 15.11 m in the Olympic triple jump contest. In spite of this, she remained some ten centimetres behind the bronze medallist Hrysopiyi Devetzi of Greece. Her Olympics came to a close after a modest set of jumps in the qualifiers of the long jump competition left her out of the final.

She took part in her second outdoor world championships the following year, but she could not match her previous form at finished in tenth place overall in the 2009 women's triple jump competition with a best mark of 13.91 m. Despite this lacklustre performance on the world stage, she remained dominant in continental competition and won both the long jump and triple jump gold medals at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games (setting two Games records and helping Kazakhstan top the athletics medal table in the process).[10] Competing at her final championships of that year, she retained her triple jump title at the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships, beating Xu Tingting and Irina Litvinenko with a jump of 14.53 m.

8 November 2012 Kazakhstan London Olympic champion Olga Rypakova got the Olympic Council of Asia award as the best Asian athlete, along with Zulfiya Chinshanlo and Ilya Ilyin.[11]

World indoor champion

She became the long and triple jump national indoor champion at the beginning of 2010,[2] and she opted to compete in the triple jump at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. She completed a series of personal best jumps in the final, battling against the defending champion Yargelis Savigne for the gold medal. Having sealed first place with a fourth round jump of 14.93 m and being relieved of the competitive pressure, her final jump saw her reach a new level: she jumped 15.14 m – a result that placed her as the third longest jumper indoors after former world champions Ashia Hansen and Tatyana Lebedeva.[12]


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2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 23rd (q) Long jump 5.63 m (wind: +0.1 m/s)
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 4th Heptathlon (youth) 5198 pts
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 2nd Heptathlon 5727 pts
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 8th Heptathlon 5690 pts
2005 Universiade Izmir, Turkey 14th (q) Long jump 6.11 m
Asian Championships Incheon, South Korea 4th Long jump 6.50 m
Asian Indoor Games Bangkok, Thailand 1st Pentathlon 3954 pts
2006 Asian Indoor Championships Pattaya, Thailand 1st Pentathlon 4582 pts
World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 7th Pentathlon 4368 pts
World Cup Athens, Greece 8th Long jump 6.21 m[13]
Asian Games Doha, Qatar 3rd Long jump 6.49 m
1st Heptathlon 5995 pts
2007 Asian Championships Amman, Jordan 1st Long jump 6.66 m (w)
1st Triple jump 14.69 m (CR)
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 1st Long jump 6.85 m (PB)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 10th Triple jump 14.32 m
2008 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st Triple jump 14.23 m
World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd Triple jump 14.58 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 29th (q) Long jump 6.30 m
3rd Triple jump 15.11 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 11th Triple jump 13.91 m
Asian Indoor Games Hanoi, Vietnam 1st Triple jump 14.40 m
Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 1st Triple jump 14.53 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st Triple jump 15.14 m (AR)
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st Triple jump 15.25 m[14] (AR, CR)
Asian Games Guangzhou, China 2nd Long jump 6.50 m
1st Triple jump 14.78 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd Triple jump 14.89 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd Triple jump 14.63 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st Triple jump 14.98 m
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 1st Triple jump 14.32 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd Triple jump 14.77 m
2016 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd Long jump 6.22 m
1st Triple jump 14.32 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd Triple jump 14.74 m

Personal bests

Her personal best long jump is 6.85 metres, achieved at the 2007 Universiade in Bangkok. In the triple jump she has a best of 15.25 metres, achieved at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup in Split; this is the Asian record for the event. She also holds the current Asian indoor record in the triple jump with a mark of 15.14 m, achieved at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Her best of 4582 points in the indoor pentathlon is also an Asian indoor record. She has a heptathlon best of 6113 points, set in Almaty in 2006.

Type Event Time Date Place Notes
Outdoor Long Jump 6.85m 10 August 2007 Bangkok, Thailand
Triple Jump 15.25m 4 September 2010 Split, Croatia 7th of all time
Indoor Long Jump 6.58m 2 November 2009 Hanoi, Vietnam
Triple Jump 15.14m 13 March 2010 Doha, Qatar 3rd of all time
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.



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