Full name: Pyotr Grogoryevich Bolotnikov
Original name: Пётр Григорьевич Болотников
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 8, 1930 in Zinovkino, Respublika Mordoviya, Russia
Affiliations: Spartak Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: Soviet Union
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Pyotr Bolotnikov started athletics only at age 20, when he joined the Red Army. Bolotnikov won his first national championship title in the 1957 10,000 metres, when he surprisingly beat the great Volodymyr Kuts in the finishing straight by 0.2 seconds. He became double Soviet champion in the 5 and 10K from 1958-62. He also won the national 10,000 title in 1964 and was national cross-country champion in 1958. At the 1960 Olympics Bolotnikov controlled the 10,000 race from start-to-end, beating the favorites, East German Hans Grodotzki and New Zealander Murray Halberg, by five seconds. Later in 1960 Bolotnikov lowered the 10K world record by almost 12 seconds to 28:18.8. Just two weeks before the 1962 European Championships, Bolotnikov lowered that record to 28:18.2, thus becoming the main distance favorite at the Europeans. He easily won the 10K, but was surprisingly beaten to third in the 5K. After an unsuccessful 1964 Olympics, Bolotnikov retired from athletics in 1965. From 1965-85 Bolotnikov worked as an athletics coach with Spartak Moskva. From 1990-92 he worked as the president of Spartak Moskva and in 1996 he was made the honorary president of Spartak Moskva.
Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:38.2 (1960); 10000 – 28:18.1 (1962).
|1956 Summer||26||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 5,000 metres||Soviet Union||URS||9|
|1956 Summer||26||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Soviet Union||URS||16|
|1960 Summer||30||Roma||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Soviet Union||URS||1||Gold||OR|
|1964 Summer||34||Tokyo||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Soviet Union||URS||25|
|1956 Summer||26||Melbourne||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final||9||14:22.4||14:22.63|
|1956 Summer||26||Melbourne||Athletics||Soviet Union||Round One||Heat One||4||QU||14:28.0||14:28.17|