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Oleksandr Bielostienniy

Full name: Oleksandr Mykhailovych Bielostienniy
Original name: Олександр Михайлович Бєлостєнний
Other name(s): Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Belostenny, Александр Михайлович Белостенный
Gender: Male
Height: 7'0" (214 cm)
Weight: 258 lbs (117 kg)
Born: February 24, 1959 in Odessa, Odessa, Ukraine
Died: May 24, 2010 in Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Affiliations: CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / BC Budivelnyk, Kyiv (UKR) / TBB Trier, Trier (GER)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team
Sport: Basketball

Related Olympians: Son-in-law of Mykhailo Shakhov.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Aleksandr Belostenny had a long career with the Soviet national team from 1977-92, and although he was very mobile and a good ball handler for his height, he was never considered as the top Soviet center. At the beginning of his career he was overshadowed by 220 cm tall Vladimir Tkachenko and in the latter part of his career by the younger players, Valery Goborov and Arvydas Sabonis. Still, Belostenny, who played most of his career with Stroitel Kiev and did not play often outside of the Soviet Union, was a great asset to the Soviet team as he managed constantly to surprise his opponents with his mobility and ball handling. Belostenny played with Stroitel Kiev from 1977-89, except for a short spell with CSKA Moskva in 1980. With CSKA Moskva he won his first Soviet title and his second Soviet title came in 1989 with Stroitel. Internationally, Belostenny was one of the most decorated basketball players in Soviet history. He won Olympic gold in 1988 and bronze in 1980, won a World Championship in 1982 and silvers in 1978, 1986 and 1990. He also won European Championships in 1979, 1981 and 1985, silver in 1977 and bronzes in 1983 and 1989. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Belostenny played one season in 1990 with CAI Zaragoza and won the Spanish Cup with them, before finishing his playing career with TBB Trier from 1991-94. After his playing retirement, Belostenny turned down many coaching offers, including the one offered by TBB Trier, and instead opened a restaurant, Ratskeller in Trier, which became a very popular meeting place in the area. Belostenny operated his restaurant until his untimely death from lung cancer in May 2010.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Men's Basketball Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Men's Basketball Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Men's Basketball Unified Team EUN 4

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS TRB AST STL BLK TOV
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 3/4 1 1980-07-30 URS 117, ESP 94 11 8 1 1 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Final Group Match #2 1 1980-07-25 URS 119, ESP 102 8 2 0 1 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Final Group Match #6 2 1980-07-26 ITA 87, URS 85 4 3 0 1 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Final Group Match #8 2 1980-07-27 YUG 101, URS 91 19 9 0 0 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Final Group Match #11 1 1980-07-29 URS 109, CUB 90 7 4 0 3 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #2 1 1980-07-20 URS 121, IND 65 14 9 0 2 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #4 1 1980-07-21 URS 101, BRA 88 4 3 0 0 0
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #6 1 1980-07-23 URS 99, TCH 82 9 7 0 1 0
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Final Round Match 1/2 1 1988-09-30 URS 76, YUG 63 1 0 0 0 0 0
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1988-09-28 URS 82, USA 76 0 1 0 0 0 0
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #3 2 1988-09-18 YUG 92, URS 79 2 6 0 0 0 0
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #6 1 1988-09-20 URS 91, AUS 69 2 0 0 0 0 0
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #8 1 1988-09-21 URS 93, PUR 81 1 1 0 1 0 0
1988 Summer 29 Seoul Basketball Soviet Union URS Group A Match #14 1 1988-09-24 URS 87, CAF 78 0 5 0 0 1 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Final Round Match 3/4 2 1992-08-08 LTU 82, EUN 78 2 1 0 0 1 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Semi-Finals Match #2 2 1992-08-06 CRO 75, EUN 74 2 3 0 0 0 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Group B Match #1 1 1992-07-26 EUN 78, VEN 64 4 4 1 0 0 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Group B Match #6 1 1992-07-27 EUN 85, AUS 63 10 7 0 4 0 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Group B Match #8 1 1992-07-29 EUN 100, CHN 84 4 2 0 2 1 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Group B Match #12 1 1992-07-31 EUN 92, LTU 80 0 0 0 0 1 0
1992 Summer 33 Barcelona Basketball Unified Team EUN Group B Match #15 2 1992-08-02 PUR 82, EUN 70 5 6 0 0 0 0
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