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Valeriy Borzov

Full name: Valeriy Pylypovych Borzov
Original name: Валерій Пилипович Борзов
Other name(s): Valery Filippovich Borzov, Валерий Филиппович Борзов
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: October 20, 1949 in Sambir, Lviv, Ukraine
Affiliations: Burevestnik Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR) / Dynamo Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband of Lyudmila Turishcheva.

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Valery Borzov first came to prominence in 1969, winning the European title in the 100 m. He repeated in 1971, also winning the 200, which made him a medal favorite at the 1972 Olympics. Two of his biggest rivals, Americans Eddie Hart and Rey Robinson, were eliminated when they missed their quarter-final heats due to an error reading the schedule. Borzov also nearly missed his quarter-final, having dozed off and arriving on the track just in time to kneel down for the start. Borzov eventually won the final with relative ease. The Americans vowed revenge for the 200 metres, but Borzov held off all contenders and won in a European Record of 20 seconds flat. Borzov again made the news at the 1976 Olympics, but not for athletic reasons. Ukrainian immigrants in Canada spread the rumour that Borzov would leave the Soviet team in Montréal and ask for political asylum. After this was widely reported in the media, Borzov received anonymous phone calls threatening he would be shot during the 100 final (in which Borzov eventually placed third). Borzov also medaled in the 4x100 at both of those Olympics, winning silver in 1972 and bronze in 1976. Borzov tried for a third Olympics in 1980, but injuries forced him to retire from sports in 1979.

At the European Championships, besides his three titles in 1969 and 1971, Borzov won another 100 title in 1974 and 4x100 silver in 1969. He won seven 60 metre titles at the European Indoors (1970-72 and 1974-77), a record that will likely never be equaled as the event is no longer held annually. He also won 100 and 4x100 relay golds at the 1975 European Cup. Borzov won 16 Soviet titles – 100 in 1969, 1971-72 and 1974-77; 200 in 1971-75 and 1977; and 4x100 relay 1974-75 and 1977.

In 1977 Borzov married the quadruple Olympic gymnastics champion Lyudmila Turishcheva and later had a successful career in politics and sport administration. From 1980-90, he was deputy chairman of the State Committee for Sports and Physical Culture of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1987 Borzov was elected to the European Athletics Association (EAA) and in 1990 he became first president of the Ukrainian NOC, serving in that position until 1998. From 1990-97 Borzov was first Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine and from 1998-06, was with the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, and was the chairman of Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on Youth Policy, Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism from 1998-02. In 1994 Borzov was named an IOC member and in 1996, became president of the Ukrainian Track & field Federation, a position he held through 2012. He has also been a vice-president of the Ukrainian NOC.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.07 (1972); 200 – 20.00 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's 100 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's 200 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Men's 100 metres Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Final 1 10.14 2
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 10.21 3
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Quarter-Finals Heat Three 1 QU 10.07 3
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 1 QU 10.47 1
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final 3 10.14 3
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 2 QU 10.30 8
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 QU 10.39 6
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Six 2 QU 10.53 3

Men's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Final 1 20.00 5
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.74 8
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 QU 20.30w 4
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 1 QU 20.64 5

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST L
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 2 38.50 9,1 4
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 39.00
1972 Summer 22 München Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat One 1 QU 39.15
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 3 38.78 7
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 39.36 2
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 3 QU 39.98 3
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