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Lyudmila Kondratyeva

Russian athlete Lyudmila Kondratyeva was born on April 11, 1958. At the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, she won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash.

Kondratyeva, originally a pentathlete, was the surprise winner of the 200 m at the 1978 European Championships, where she also won a gold in the 4 x 100 m relay event.

Now one of the medal favourites for the 1980 Summer Olympics, which were held in Moscow, she also ran a non-recognised World Record just before the Olympics. The final was a close race, with the first 5 finishing within 1 tenth of a second. A photo finish showed that Kondratyeva had beaten Marlies Gohr of East Germany by just 0.01 seconds. Unfortunately, Kondratyeva pulled her hamstring at the finish, thereby not allowing her to run the 200 m or the 4 x 100 m relay.

Unable to compete at the 1984 Summer Olympics due to the boycott led by the Soviet Union, Kondratyeva could not defend her Olympic title.

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