Irina Bliznova

Irina Bliznova

Bliznova with Vladimir Putin in 2016
Personal information
Full name Irina Yuryevna Bliznova
Born (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986
Krasnodar, Russia
Nationality Russian
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club Lada Togliatti
Number 6
National team
2005–2016 Russia 124 (369)

Irina Yuryevna Bliznova (Russian: Ирина Юрьевна Близнова, born 6 October 1986) is a retired Russian handball player.[1] She won the gold medal at the 2005 and 2007 world championships and 2016 Rio Olympics, placing second in 2008 and eighth in 2012.[2]<[3] She announced her retirement shortly after the 2016 Olympics.[4]

Bliznova is married to Alexander and has a daughter Arina (born 2010) and a son Arkhip (born 2014).[3]


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