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Irina Korzhanenko (born May 16, 1974 in Azov) is a former Russian shot putter. She gained international recognition when she won a bronze medal at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships. In the following years she became European Indoor champion, European champion and World Indoor champion.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics she originally won the gold medal in shot put, but tested positive for stanozolol and was stripped of the medal. She later received a life ban from the IAAF in a Memorandum of September 21, 2005. Irina refused to return the gold medal, despite the pressure of national Athletics Federation's officials. She said she did not use stanozolol and that Russian officials gave her no help to prove it or to defend herself.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 12th
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd
World Student Games Catania, Italy 1st
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st
IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 1st

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