Alena Abramchuk

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Alena Abramchuk
Personal information
Born (1988-02-14) February 14, 1988 (age 31)
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb)
Sport
Country Belarus
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Shot put

Alena Vasilyevna Abramchuk (Belarusian: Алена Васілеўна Капец-Абрамчук; née Kopets; born 14 February 1988)[1] is a Belarusian track and field athlete who competes in the shot put. She was the bronze medallist at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Her personal best is 19.24 m (63 ft 1 14 in), set in 2013.

Career[edit]

She began competing at national level as a teenager and made her international debut at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics, competing in both the shot put and discus throw events.[2] Her first international medals followed in 2007 with silver medals in the shot put at the 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships and in the under-23 section at the 2007 European Cup Winter Throwing. She was also fifth at the Military World Games.[3] She began attending A.S. Pushkin Brest State University, studying in the physical education department.[4]

Abramchuk focused more on shot put after 2007 and repeated her under-23 winter silver medal with a personal best of 16.69 m (54 ft 9 in) at the 2008 European Cup Winter Throwing, then again at the 2009 edition. She improved her best to 17.97 m (58 ft 11 14 in) that season and claimed a trio of bronze medals at the European Team Championships, Summer Universiade and the European Athletics U23 Championships.[3] She added two centimetres to her best in 2010, but did not compete internationally.[2] She established herself among the world's top throwers at the start of 2011, throwing a best of 18.82 m (61 ft 8 34 in) in Minsk, which ranked her in the top twenty shot putters that season.[5]

Abramchuk won her first national title indoors in February 2011 then claimed her first international win at the 2011 European Cup Winter Throwing, beating France's Jessica Cérival. She made her debut on the IAAF Diamond League circuit in Shanghai and ranked fifth at the Universiade.[3] Another best of 18.90 m (62 ft 0 in) the following February saw her again ranked in the world's top twenty in 2012.[6] She failed to match this form in major competition, being eliminated at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships and placing fifth at the 2012 European Cup Winter Throwing.[2]

She threw beyond nineteen metres for the first time in January 2013 with a mark of 19.06 m (62 ft 6 14 in). A bronze medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships – her first podium finish at a major championship – marked a new high.[4] She was the national champion indoors and outdoors that year and regularly threw beyond eighteen metres in competition. She placed second to Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko at the 2013 European Cup Winter Throwing and had several top five finishes on the 2013 IAAF Diamond League circuit.[3] Her best that year was 19.24 m (63 ft 1 14 in), set in Minsk, and she was a finalist at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.[2]

In the 2014 season she was eliminated in the qualifiers of the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, but made the final of the 2014 European Athletics Championships, coming in ninth place. At the 2014 European Cup Winter Throwing she was again beaten by Kolodko of Russia. She came close to another continental bronze at the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships, beating narrowly beaten into fourth by Radoslava Mavrodieva. She set a best in the discus of 55.16 m (180 ft 11 12 in) in taking her first national title in that year, but missed the 2015 World Championships in Athletics.[3]

National titles[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 17th (q) Shot put 14.77 m
19th (q) Discus throw 44.77 m
2007 European Cup Winter Throwing (U23) Yalta, Ukraine 2nd Shot put 15.74 m
European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands 2nd Shot put 16.10 m
14th Discus throw 45.84 m
Military World Games Hyderabad, India 5th Shot put 14.91 m
2008 European Cup Winter Throwing (U23) Split, Croatia 2nd Shot put 16.69 m
2009 European Cup Winter Throwing (U23) Los Realejos, Spain 2nd Shot put 16.36 m
European Team Championships 1st League Bergen, Norway 3rd Shot put 17.08 m
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 3rd Shot put 17.48 m
European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 3rd Shot put 17.72 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 9th (q) Shot put 17.11 m
European Cup Winter Throwing Sofia, Bulgaria 1st Shot put 17.71
Universiade Shenzhen, China 5th Shot put 17.07 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 9th (q) Shot put 17.80 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd Shot put 18.85 m
European Cup Winter Throwing Castellón de la Plana, Spain 2nd Shot put 18.18 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 12th Shot put 17.70 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 10th (q) Shot put 17.73 m
European Cup Winter Throwing Leiria, Portugal 2nd Shot put 18.58 m
European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 9th Shot put 17.65 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 4th Shot put 17.63 m
European Cup Winter Throwing Leiria, Portugal 5th Shot put 17.11 m

References[edit]

  1. ^ Абрамчук (Копец) Елена. Sport Brest. Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  2. ^ a b c d Alena Abramchuk. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  3. ^ a b c d e Alena Abramchuk. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  4. ^ a b March 8 Present from Elena Kopets. Brest State University. Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  5. ^ 2011 World Comprehensive List - Women Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine. Track & Field News (2012). Retrieved on 2015-12-02.
  6. ^ 2012 World Comprehensive List - Women Archived 2013-06-23 at the Wayback Machine. Track & Field News (2013). Retrieved on 2015-12-02.

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