Sport: Track and Field
Nation: Russian Federation
DOB: January 29, 1988
Career Highlights: Chernova is the favorite to win the heptathlon at the Olympics, and a gold medal would put her in extremely exclusive company.
She has already won world championships at the youth, junior and senior competitions, and there are only four track and field
athletes who have won titles at those levels and an Olympic gold: Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Russia’s
Yelena Isinbayeva and New Zealand’s Valerie Adams. A gold medal would also put Chernova in the company of her mother, Lyudmila
Zenina, who topped the podium as a member of Russia’s 4x400 meter relay team at the 1980 Moscow Games. Chernova made her Olympic
debut in 2008, taking bronze with 6,591 points - 142 back of gold-medal winning Nataliya Dobrynska. She had originally finished
fourth, but a disqualification of Lyudmyla Blonska for doping upgraded her to the medal stand. She finished eighth at the
2009 world championships, but scored a career-best 6,880 points at the 2011 worlds to take the gold.
Olympic History: 2008