Long-distance runner who won the Chicago Marathon three times in a row from 2009 to 2011 and also won the 2010 London Marathon.
She grew up in Beloretsk where she began her running career.
She represented Russia at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in the 5,000 meter event.
She raised a daughter named Anna.
She and Ejegayehu Dibaba were favorites to win the 2011 Chicago marathon.