Tetyana Dorovskikh

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Tetyana Dorovskikh
Personal information
Born12 August 1961
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)

Tetyana Volodymyrivna Apaycheva (née Khamitova, formerly Samolenko and Dorovskikh, Ukrainian: Тетяна Володимирівна Апайчева, née Хамітова, born 12 August 1961) is a Ukrainian retired middle-distance runner who represented the Soviet Union until 1991, the Unified Team in 1992, and later Ukraine. She is the 1988 Olympic champion in the 3000 metres.


As Tetyana Samolenko, she was the leading female middle-distance runner of the late 1980s. She is the 1988 Olympic champion at 3000 metres, the 1987 World champion at both 1500 metres and 3000 metres, and the 1987 World Indoor champion at 3000 metres. At 1500m, she also won Olympic bronze (1988), World Indoor silver (1987), European silver (1986) and the 1986 Goodwill Games title. Having given birth in 1990, she returned to competition in 1991 competing as Tetyana Dorovskikh, and retained her World title at 3000 metres, as well winning a silver medal in the 1500 metres final behind Hassiba Boulmerka. Her last major competition was the 1992 Olympic Games, where she won a silver medal in the 3000 metres and finished fourth in the 1500 metres final.

Her previous performances were somewhat soured when she tested positive for drug use in June 1993, which effectively brought an end to her career.[1]

Personal life[edit]

She was born in a village called Sekretarka in Severny District, Orenburg Oblast, Russia, and grew up in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine. Her second husband was the race walker Viktor Dorovskikh. Her third husband is the former Olympic decathlete Oleksandr Apaychev.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 800 metres - 1:58.56 - Donetsk 1985
  • 1500 metres - 3:57.92 - Barcelona 1992
  • 3000 metres - 8:26.53 - Seoul 1988

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 1st 1500 m 4:05.50
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 2nd 1500 m 4:02.36
5th 3000 m 8:40.35
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 2nd 1500 m 4:07.02
1st 3000 m 8:46.52
World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 1500 m 3:58.56
1st 3000 m 8:38.73
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd 1500 m 4:00.30
1st 3000 m 8:26.53
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 2nd 1500 m 4:02.58
1st 3000 m 8:35.82
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 2nd 3000 m 9:00.15
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 4th 1500 m 3:57.92
2nd 3000 m 8:46.85


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ulrike Bruns
Women's 3000 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Paula Ivan