Svetlana KARAMASHEVA

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Russia Russia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    24 MAY 1988
    ATHLETE'S CODE
    14298946

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
800 Metres 2:00.69 Moskva (RUS) 21 JUN 2012 1150
1500 Metres 3:59.61 Moskva (RUS) 13 JUN 2012 1209
5000 Metres 15:31.87 Yelena Yelesina Stadium, Chelyabinsk (RUS) 08 SEP 2020 1102
10,000 Metres 33:16.41 Smolensk (RUS) 21 AUG 2020 1073
Half Marathon 1:14:51 Sochi (RUS) 02 APR 2017 1032

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
600 Metres 1:34.39 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2008 978
800 Metres 2:04.91 Moskva (RUS) 08 FEB 2015 1106
1000 Metres 2:41.72 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 27 JAN 2012 1108
1500 Metres 4:12.01 Moskva (RUS) 11 FEB 2012 1132
One Mile 4:46.53 Omsk (RUS) 21 DEC 2019 1031
2000 Metres 5:53.84 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2014 1087
3000 Metres 9:07.98 Moskva (RUS) 25 JAN 2012 1101

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
800 Metres 2:04.20 Stadium Desna, Bryansk (RUS) 30 AUG 2020 1088
1500 Metres 4:14.42 Slava Metreveli Stadium, Sochi (RUS) 19 SEP 2020 1092
5000 Metres 15:31.87 Yelena Yelesina Stadium, Chelyabinsk (RUS) 08 SEP 2020 1102
10,000 Metres 33:16.41 Smolensk (RUS) 21 AUG 2020 1073

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
800 Metres 2:08.35 LFK CSKA, Moskva (RUS) 25 FEB 2020 1052
1000 Metres 2:44.89 SOK Luch, Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2020 1069
1500 Metres 4:21.54 LFK CSKA, Moskva (RUS) 27 FEB 2020 1058
One Mile 4:46.53 Omsk (RUS) 21 DEC 2019 1031
3000 Metres 9:36.26 Baykal-Arena, Irkutsk (RUS) 12 JAN 2020 1007

Outdoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2020 2:04.20 Stadium Desna, Bryansk (RUS) 30 AUG 2020
2017 2:06.80 Sochi (RUS) 26 MAY 2017
2016 2:04.32 Zhukovskiy (RUS) 21 JUL 2016
2014 2:01.66 Guidobaldi, Rieti (ITA) 07 SEP 2014
2012 2:00.69 Moskva (RUS) 21 JUN 2012
2011 2:06.79 Cheboksary (RUS) 21 JUL 2011
2010 2:08.39 Cheboksary (RUS) 02 JUL 2010
2009 2:06.27 Cheboksary (RUS) 23 JUL 2009
2008 2:07.98 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 27 JUN 2008
2007 2:09.63 Sochi (RUS) 23 MAY 2007
2006 2:09.13 Tula (RUS) 23 JUL 2006

Outdoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2020 4:14.42 Slava Metreveli Stadium, Sochi (RUS) 19 SEP 2020
2017 4:13.34 Sochi (RUS) 25 MAY 2017
2016 4:14.95 Sochi (RUS) 26 MAY 2016
2014 4:08.35 Sports Park Mladost, Zagreb (CRO) 02 SEP 2014
2012 3:59.61 Moskva (RUS) 13 JUN 2012
2011 4:13.04 Sochi (RUS) 24 MAY 2011
2010 4:32.71 Cheboksary (RUS) 04 JUL 2010
2009 4:21.18 Kazan (RUS) 18 JUN 2009
2008 4:25.84 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 29 JUN 2008
2007 4:34.76 Zhukovskiy (RUS) 30 JUN 2007
2006 4:28.81 Tula (RUS) 21 JUL 2006
2005 4:30.50 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 21 JUN 2005

Outdoor

5000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2020 15:31.87 Yelena Yelesina Stadium, Chelyabinsk (RUS) 08 SEP 2020

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2020 33:16.41 Smolensk (RUS) 21 AUG 2020

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2017 1:14:51 Sochi (RUS) 02 APR 2017
2011 1:17:11 Novosibirsk (RUS) 10 SEP 2011

Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008/09 1:34.39 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2008

Indoor

800 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019/20 2:08.35 LFK CSKA, Moskva (RUS) 25 FEB 2020
2014/15 2:04.91 Moskva (RUS) 08 FEB 2015
2010/11 2:04.94 Moskva (RUS) 16 FEB 2011
2009/10 2:10.09 Moskva (RUS) 26 FEB 2010
2006/07 2:10.95 Penza (RUS) 01 FEB 2007

Indoor

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019/20 2:44.89 SOK Luch, Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2020
2011/12 2:41.72 Chelyabinsk (RUS) 27 JAN 2012
2010/11 2:45.01 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2011

Indoor

1500 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019/20 4:21.54 LFK CSKA, Moskva (RUS) 27 FEB 2020
2016/17 4:25.24 Moskva (RUS) 21 FEB 2017
2014/15 4:15.91 Moskva (RUS) 07 FEB 2015
2011/12 4:12.01 Moskva (RUS) 11 FEB 2012
2010/11 4:12.03 Omsk (RUS) 21 JAN 2011
2009/10 4:30.35 Moskva (RUS) 28 FEB 2010

Indoor

One Mile

Performance Place Date
2019/20 4:46.53 Omsk (RUS) 21 DEC 2019

Indoor

2000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2016/17 5:56.98 Omsk (RUS) 24 DEC 2016
2014/15 5:53.84 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2014
2011/12 5:56.60 Yekaterinburg (RUS) 07 JAN 2012
2010/11 6:07.00 Omsk (RUS) 25 DEC 2010
2009/10 6:09.73 Omsk (RUS) 27 DEC 2009

Indoor

3000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2019/20 9:36.26 Baykal-Arena, Irkutsk (RUS) 12 JAN 2020
2016/17 9:19.74 Moskva (RUS) 19 FEB 2017
2011/12 9:07.98 Moskva (RUS) 25 JAN 2012
Results in:

800 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
30 AUG 2020 Russian Cup, Stadium Desna, Bryansk RUSRUS F F1 5. 2:04.20

800 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
29 JAN 2020 Valeriy Starodubtsev Prizes, BU OO SSHOR Arena, Omsk RUSRUS F F 2. 2:08.89
25 FEB 2020 Russian Ind. Ch., LFK CSKA, Moskva RUSRUS D H6 3. 2:08.35

1000 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
07 JAN 2020 Yalamov Memorial, SOK Luch, Yekaterinburg RUSRUS F F 6. 2:44.89

1500 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
29 AUG 2020 Russian Cup, Stadium Desna, Bryansk RUSRUS F F 1. 4:18.25
08 SEP 2020 Russian Ch., Yelena Yelesina Stadium, Chelyabinsk RUSRUS B F 5. 4:15.66
10 SEP 2020 Russian Ch., Yelena Yelesina Stadium, Chelyabinsk RUSRUS B H2 4. 4:17.76
19 SEP 2020 Russian Team Ch., Slava Metreveli Stadium, Sochi RUSRUS F F 4. 4:14.42

1500 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
11 JAN 2020 Regional Ind. Ch., Baykal-Arena, Irkutsk RUSRUS F F 2. 4:23.21
27 FEB 2020 Russian Ind. Ch., LFK CSKA, Moskva RUSRUS D F2 1. 4:21.54

3000 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
12 JAN 2020 Regional Ind. Ch., Baykal-Arena, Irkutsk RUSRUS F F 2. 9:36.26

5000 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 SEP 2020 Russian Ch., Yelena Yelesina Stadium, Chelyabinsk RUSRUS B F 2. 15:31.87

10,000 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
21 AUG 2020 Russian 10,000m Ch., Smolensk RUSRUS B F 2. 33:16.41

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result Remark
13 SEP 2020 Dinamo Mile Half Marathon, Izhevsk RUSRUS F F 1. 1:13:55 UNC

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Created 4 March 2014

Svetlana KARAMASHEVA (née Podosyonova), Russia (1500m)

Born 24 May 1988, Omsk

Lives: Moscow, Zhukovsky (Moscow Oblast’)

1.63 m / 50 kg

Coach: Sergey Yepishin, Yekaterina Podkopayeva, Nina Vershinina

 

 There is not much information you could find in the media about Svetlana Karamasheva, a Russian middle distance runner, who just made her third national team for a major international event - the IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014. Even if you search for her maiden name Podosyonova. It is quite understandable, given the level of competition in the women’s 800m and 1500m in the country. But with every other race, Svetlana gets closer and closer to making her mark on a global level.

 

Svetlana Podosyonova was born in Omsk, but spent the first seven years of her life in a small village nearby, before moving back to the city. Her parents are marathon runners: her mother achieved a “Master of Sports” level, her father is a “Candidate for Master of Sports” with a time of 2:36.06 registered in Moscow in 1984. However, until she turned 15, Svetlana was a swimmer, she even achieved a level of “Candidate for Master of Sports”. But then she decided to try running.

 

After undergoing a series of physical tests, Podosyonova chose middle distances as her specialisation. And she was lucky to start working under the guidance of Nina Vershinina, the Omsk Oblast record holder in the 800m.

 

Just a couple of years after taking up athletics, in 2005, Svetlana placed third at the Russian Youth Championships in the 1500m, clocking 4:30.50. However, it was the time to enter university and put the ultimate focus on studies. Podosyonova chose a 5-year program in Economic Theory and Entrepreneurship at the Omsk State University. During her study time she was skipping many events in indoor seasons, and outdoors. Svetlana had never run under 4:20 until 2011, and hadn’t achieved any top-three finishes at the junior and U23 levels, though she did make several finals.

 

After graduation, in 2010, Svetlana entered an Olympic Reserve College to focus on her running. She also decided to relocate to Moscow region to benefit from a more competitive training and racing environment and milder winters. Luckily, her coach Vershinina was friends with a prominent coaching family Sergey Yepishin and Yekaterina Podkopayeva, who accepted to take over Svetlana’s training.

 

With a new training group and an opportunity to travel to training camps, Podosyonova started progressing rapidly. In 2011 she clocked 4:12.03 indoors in Omsk and 4:13.04 outdoors in Sochi. She also started racing more over the 800m to improve speed, and clocked 2:06.79 indoors at the Russian Championships.

 

In 2012 Svetlana started her indoor campaign with self confidence, but eighth place at the Russian Indoor Championships almost made her quit athletics altogether. Fortunately, there was someone who made Podosyonova change her mind. It was her future husband Maksim Karamashev.

 

“I can’t quite remember, how we met. It was about 10 years ago. He also runs, steeplechase and distance races, and he is also from Siberia, so our paths crossed many times. Last year we got married, on 7 September. We somehow managed to squeeze the ceremony between two competitions of mine. Maksim was the one responsible for event planning. It is great that my husband is a runner, because we often train together and we can go to training camps together. He is also a great help when it comes to solving everyday problems,” Svetlana said.

 

Karamashev helped his sweetheart to regain focus after the disappointing indoor season of 2012 and assisted her in joining the Krasnoyarsk Dynamo Sports Society, so that Svetlana could be more confident in terms of finances.  Overall, it was a good moment to make some changes in competition preparation. First of all, the coaches told Podosyonova she needed to lose weight. In February 2012, Svetlana weighed-in at 56kg. After sticking to a strict diet at a training camp in Kirghizia, she shed 7kg and felt way more comfortable in her new weight. And, most importantly, ran much faster.

 

In June 2012, at the Kuts Memorial in Moscow, Svetlana for the first time in her career dipped under four minutes, registering a personal best of 3:59.61. “It was a perfect day, it was warm enough, all girls needed to hit the entry standard for the Olympics, so it was a fast race right from the start. I don’t do well in tactical races with pushing and shoving. So I just could fulfill my potential. Actually, everyone ran fast that day. Can you imagine, sixth place in our race was under two minutes! And by the way Maksim also won his 3000m steeplechase race that day,” Podosyonova smiled. Unfortunately, at the National Trials for the London Olympics Svetlana only placed sixth and didn’t make the team.

 

In the winter of 2013, Podosyonova achieved podium finishes in both the 800m and the 1500m at the Russian Indoor Championships, and was selected to represent the country at the European Indoor Championships, in Göteborg, in her longer event. “Everyone was telling me I was able to get a medal, I almost felt it around my neck. But for a certain reason that I don’t want to talk about, I was emotionally drained by the competition time. The silver was within my reach, but I just missed that chance,” Svetlana explained. In the final she finished sixth.

 

The next goal was, of course, the home World Championships Moscow 2013. Podosyonova placed second in 4:04.01, losing only to the steeplechase star Yuliya Zaripova.

Zaripova wasn’t trying to make the team in the 1500m, so Podosyonova was the number-one medal prospect for Russia, coming into the event. “Emotionally and physically, I was in much better shape than in Göteborg. I was ready to run sub-four in a fast race, but at the Worlds it’s always slow and tactical, I just didn’t have enough experience to handle that. But I still recall how the 70-thousand-seat stadium was roaring when the announcer was introducing us. Even though I missed the final by just 0.04 sec, I’m still happy that I was a part of it, there will be no second chance to compete in such a major event at home,” Svetlana said.

 

After getting married and spending the honeymoon in China (Hainan and Guanzhou), Svetlana had another successful preparation period. The Russian, who was already competing under her husband’s surname, was aiming to try win the National Indoor Championships in both the 800m and the 1500m. However, too much confidence coming into the 800m final didn’t do any good for Karamasheva. She missed the spurt by Anna Shchagina and Yekaterina Kupina and only placed third, which meant she had to make the team for the World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014 in her longer event on the very next day. And in the 1500m she was flawless. “Thank goodness, I won the gold, because I seriously started to think that there was some kind of damnation and I’d never ever win the Russian Championships,” Karamasheva laughed.

 

Svetlana, who cites an ability to sweat her guts out and work through tears in training, is aware of a tough competition she will have to face in Sopot. “Genzebe Dibaba is definitely ahead of everyone else. If she competes in the 3000m - no one has a chance. In the 1500m, however, there are some options. If she leads and Abeba Aregawi is able to sit back and be in control, the Swede can spurt at the finish and win. If the race is just slow, than literally anything can happen. As for myself, it will be hard to compete with Dibaba and Aregawi, so I just want to run a good time, placing as high as possible. And, even though it might sound wrong, my goal is to be the top non-African born finisher,” Karamasheva explained.

(Editor’s note: Genzebe Dibaba will be contesting only the 3000m in Sopot.)

  

Personal Bests

 800m: 2:00.69 (2012) / 2:00.32i (2013)

1500m: 3:59.61 (2012) / 4:10.47i (2013)

  

Yearly Progression

2005: 4:30.50, 2006: 4:28.81, 2007: 4:34.76, 2008: 4:25.84, 2009: 4:21.18, 2010: 4:32.71 (4:30.35i), 2011: 4:13.04 (4:12.03i), 2012: 3:59.61, 2013: 4:04.01, 2014: 4:11.15i

Career Highlights

2005

3rd   

Russian Youth Championships (Chelyabinsk)         

4:30.50

2006

7th    

Russian Junior Championships (Tula) (800m)    

2:09.53 (2:09.13 in h)

2006

8th     

Russian Junior Championships (Tula) (1500m)        

4:28.81

2007

8th     

Russian Junior Indoor Champs (Penza) (800m)

2:12.44 (2:10.95 in h)

2007

8th    

Russian Junior Championships (Sochi) (800m)     

2:17.86 (2:09.63 in h)

2008

16th

Russian U23 Championships (Chelyabinsk) (800m)    

4:25.84

2009

12th

Russian U23 Championships (Kazan) (1500m)     

4:21.18

2010

3rd   

Russian Cross Championships (Zhukowski)

 

2010

10th   

Russian Indoor U23 Champs (Volgograd) (1500m)

4:32.14

2011

8th   

Russian Indoor Champs (Cheboksary) (1500m)     

4:13.65

2011

8th   

Russianteam Championships (Sochi) (1500m)     

4:13.04

2012

8th   

Russian Indoor Champs (Moscow) (1500m)     

4:16.39

2012

6th   

Russian Championships (Cheboksary) (1500m)     

4:04.04

2012

7th   

Russian Cup (Yerino) (1500m)     

4:07.51

2013

3rd

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (800m)

2:02.98

2013

2nd

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:10.47

2013

5th

European Indoor Championships (Göteborg) (1500m)

4:16.32

2013

2nd

Russian Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:04.01

2013

8th SF

World Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:05.36

2014

3rd

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (800m)

2:01.64

2014

1st

Russian Indoor Championships (Moscow) (1500m)

4:11.46

  

Prepared by Elena Dyachkova for the IAAF “Focus on Athletes” project. Copyright IAAF 2014        

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