Zhukovsky is the center of track and field athletics in the Moscow region. Most notable Zhukovsky-born athletes are Yuriy Borzakovskiy, Ekaterina Podkopayeva, Andrew Epishin, Dmitriy Bogdanov and others.
In 2005 a new world class athletics stadium "Meteor" was opened.
The IAAF Council has decided to include the Znamensky Memorial into the IAAF World Challenge on March 14, 2010. "The improvement of the Znamensky Memorial status is related to the holding of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow. The Zhamensky Memorial, the 9th leg of the IAAF World Challenge, will be held in Zhukovskiy on 26 June.
World athletics stars, Prize money of 200.000 USD, trials in some events for the European Championships in Barcelona, attraction for the crowd, TV broadcast make the Znamensky Memorial one of the most important athletic event of the year.
The women's hammer throw will be held as a part of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge. It became known, that ex-World Champion Tatyana Lysenko will compete in the event. Her rivals are Olympic and World finalist Irina Sekacheva of Ukraine and World finalist Sultana Frizell of Canada. The meeting's organizers are waiting for other confirmation.
1 June 2010: A special women's 10000m will be held at the Znamensky Memorial meeting in Zhukovskiy on 26 June, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, and it will have extra interest as the Russian athletics federation have announced that it will be their qualifying race for this year's European Athletics Championships. ...more
2004 Olympic Champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy finished the Znamensky Memorial in Zhukovskiy with a deafening howl of the crowd winning the men's 800m in 1:46.48. ...more
Beijing silver medalist Mariya Abakumova won the women's javelin throw achieving 64.32 at the Znamensky Memorial in Zhukovskiy. She needed only 17cm to reach her PB. ...more
"The improvement of the Znamensky Memorial status is related to the holding of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow. No doubt, more organizational and financial resources will be needed", said Valentin Balakhnichov, the Russian Athletic Federation President and a member of the IAAF Council. ...more
Antonina Krivoshapka won the women's 400m with a great advantage over her rivals at the Znamensky Memorial in Zhukovskiy today....more
Zhukovsky (Russian: Жуко́вский) is a city in Moscow Oblast, Russia, located on the Moskva River, 40 km southeast of Moscow. The urban-type settlement of Stakhanovo was founded in 1935 from the dacha settlement Otdykh (literally, "Relaxation"). It was named after Alexey Stakhanov - a famous miner in the Soviet Union. Later in 1947 received the town status and renamed to Zhukovsky after the pioneer of aero- and hydrodynamics Nikolai Zhukovsky.
Area 31.86 km2 (12.3 sq mi) Population (2002 Census) 101,328 inhabitants - Rank 161st - Density 3,180 /km2 (8,200/sq mi) Time zone MSK/MSD (UTC+3/+4).