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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 m. This favored him for a medal at the 1972 Olympics. Two of his biggest rivals, Americans Hart and Robinson, were eliminated when they missed their quarter-final heats due to an error. 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 m, 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 m final (in which Borzov eventually placed 3rd). In 1977, Borzov won his seventh European title indoor, a record that will likely never be equalled as the event is no longer held annually. With the 1980 Games in Moscow, Borzov tried for a third Olympics, but injuries prevented this, and he instead focused on a career in politics and sport administration. Married to quadruple Olympic gymnastics champion Lyudmila Turishcheva, Borzov became the first president of the Ukrainian NOC in 1990, and was named an IOC member in 1994. In 1996, he also became president of the Ukrainian Track and Field Federation, a position he held through 2008. With the independence of Ukraine, Borzov was named the first Minister of Youth and Sport, a position he held until 1997. From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament.

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