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Jelena Prokopcuka

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JELENA PROKOPCUKA
LATVIA

BIRTHDATE:
21 September 1976

PERSONAL BEST:
2:22:56 (Osaka, 2005) National Record

WORLD MARATHON MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS:

03Nov13 ING New York City Marathon 3rd 2:27:47
22Apr12 Virgin London Marathon 10th 2:27:04
21Apr08 Boston Marathon 4th 2:28:12
04Nov07 ING New York City Marathon 3rd 2:26:13
16Apr07 Boston Marathon 2nd 2:29:58
05Nov06 ING New York City Marathon 1st 2:25:05
17Apr06 Boston Marathon 2nd 2:23:48
06Nov05 ING New York City Marathon 1st 2:24:41
07Nov04 ING New York City Marathon 5th 2:26:51
19Apr04 Boston Marathon 4th 2:30:16
12Oct03 The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon 3rd 2:24:53
13Apr03 Flora London Marathon 7th 2:24:01

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

09Mar14 Nagoya International Ladies Marathon 2nd 2:24:07
10Mar13 Nagoya International Ladies Marathon 4th 2:25:46
18Nov12 Yokohama Women's Marathon 4th 2:26:55
30Jan05 Osaka International Ladies Marathon 1st 2:22:56
07Apr02 Paris Marathon 5th 2:28:36

CAREER NOTES:

Jelena Prokopcuka made a startling return to the WMM medal podium with a third place finish at the 2013 ING New York City Marathon, equaling her place there in the 2007 race.

At the age of 37, the 2005 and 2006 NYCM champion ran 2:27:47, her second sub-2:28 of the year, to go along with a 2:25:46 at Nagoya in March.

A three-time Olympian and multiple Latvian national record-holder, Prokopcuka has garnered a reputation for being a successful closer in the big races while showing tremendous composure and determination. She came from behind to win both Osaka and New York in 2005.

Prokopcuka has her country’s best mark over seven distances: marathon, half marathon, 20K, 10K, 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m and has competed in the past three Olympic games on the track (twice each in the 5,000m and 10,000m). In 2005, she improved three national marks with her win in Osaka, her third at the Great North Run Half Marathon (1:08:11) and her second at the BUPA Great Manchester Run 10K in 31:35.

Her half marathon highlights include a bronze medal at the World Championships Half Marathon in 2002 (1:09:15); first at the 2003 Paris Half Marathon; second at the 2004 Miyazaki Half Marathon and first at the 2005 Vilamoura Half Marathon. Her win at the 2008 Latvian Half-Marathon Championships was her 47th national championship.

PERSONAL NOTES:

Prokopcuka was named Latvia’s Best Sportsperson in 2005 and received an award for the year’s most outstanding contribution to Latvian sport and the Spectators’ Award as the most popular athlete. Coached by husband Aleksander Prokopcuk, the Latvian men's national record holder in the marathon (2:15:56), the couple competed together at Boston in 2004, where Aleksander finished eleventh. The couple resides in the scenic Gulf of Riga resort town of Jurmala but often train in the Algarve region of Portugal in the winter. She likes to watch films, read books and sew.

HIGHLIGHTS:

30Jan05 Osaka International Ladies Marathon 1st 2:22:56
07Apr02 Paris Marathon 5th 2:28:36