Irina Korzhanenko

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About Irina Korzhanenko

Former Russian shot putter who was stripped of her Olympic gold medal in 2004 after testing positive for steroids.

Early life

She won a bronze medal at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Shot Put Championships.

Trivia

She refused to return her gold medal and continued to deny her use of steroids.

Family of Irina Korzhanenko

She was the daughter of Elena and Boris Korzhanenko.

Close associates of Irina Korzhanenko

She won her gold medal at the 2004 Olympics where swimmer Michael Phelps took home six gold medals.

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Leila Rajabi

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About Leila Rajabi

Naturalized Iranian shot putter who is known for competing in several Olympic games for the country of Iran. She is also known for posting a variety of her workout techniques and lifestyle pictures to her over 480,000 Instagram followers. 

Early life

She first began competing in 2002 when she entered the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica where she placed fifth. She continued to excel before competing in her first Olympic games in 2012. 

Trivia

She broke the Iran national record in shot put by 3 meters in 2007. 

Family of Leila Rajabi

She was born and raised in Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union. She went on to acquire Iranian citizenship and converted to Islam. 

Close associates of Leila Rajabi

Other Olympic athletes from Iran include Hossein Rezazadeh and Behdad Salimi. 

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Gael Martin

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About Gael Martin

Australian Olympic athlete known for her bronze medal finish in the 1984 Olympic shot put competition.

Early life

She first competed in the Commonwealth Games in 1978, winning a silver medal in the discus event.

Trivia

She won gold in both the discus and shot put events at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Family of Gael Martin

Her father, Ken Mulhall, was a professional soccer player for the St. Kilda Football Club.

Close associates of Gael Martin

She and renowned gymnast, Mary Lou Retton, both competed in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, CA.

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