The 1988 Olympic champion and gold medalist at European (1991, 1993) and World Championship (1990) with Soviet Union and Russia, Honored Master of Russian Sports Marina Pankova (Nikulina), passed away.
During her distinguished career, she has also won silver Olympic medal (in Barcelona, 1992), three times raised above her head the trophy for the best team in the Champions League with Uralochka-NTMK Sverdlovskaya oblast (former European Champions Cup – 1987, 1989, 1990) and became the champion of the Soviet Union five times (1886-1989, 1991), with Uralochka as well.
Their children became famous players in the same position as their mother, as setters. Pavel Pankov is multiple world and European champion with youth and junior team of Russia, currently plays for Dinamo Moscow.
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