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Valery Brumel

Full name: Valery Nikolayevich Brumel
Original name: Валерий Николаевич Брумель
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: April 14, 1942 in Razvedki, Amur, Russia
Died: January 26, 2003 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband (divorced) of Yelena Petushkova.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Born in a far eastern Siberian village to a family of geologists, who were members of an expedition to explore the region, Valery Brumel grew up in Luhansk, Ukraine where his parents worked at a local university. Brumel took up athletics in 1954 and came to prominence in the 1960 Olympic year, when he won a silver medal behind his teammate, Robert' Shavlaq'adze. The next year, Brumel set his first world record, clearing 2.23. He took the record from John Thomas, with whom Brumel would have numerous duels, Brumel usually winning. Brumel set six world records between 1961 and 1963, jumping 2.23, 2.24 and 2.25 in 1961; 2.26 and 2.27 in 1962; and 2.28 in 1963. Brumel won the 1962 European title and crowned his career with Olympic gold in 1964, ahead of Thomas, who had become a close friend. He also won the 1961 and 1963 Universiade, was Soviet Champion in 1961-63, adding a silver at the 1964 Soviet Championships.

Brumel's career was cut short by a leg injury, which he sustained after hitting a lamp post following a fall from a motorcycle (driven by Russian champion Tamara Golikova). It was thought that his leg would need to be amputated but it was saved after numerous operations. Brumel returned to high jumping, but never managed to reach the heights he cleared before the accident, topping out at 2.09 in 1970, the last year he competed. After finishing his sports career, Brumel turned to acting and writing. He starred in such Soviet films like “Sport, Sport, Sport” (1970) and “The Right to Jump” (1971) and wrote numerous novels and plays, including the novel Don't Change Yourself (1979) which was translated into seven languages, and the plays Dr. Nazarov, Olympic Comedy, and Roar from the Crowd. He also wrote the libretto to Rauf Hacıyev's operetta Golden Caravel (Золотая каравелла).

Personal Best\: HJ – 2.28 (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Men's High Jump Soviet Union URS 2 Silver OR
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Men's High Jump Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2 OR 2.16 1 5 12
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1.95 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.95
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.00 metres 15T p 0 0 1 1.95
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.03 metres 1T o 0 0 2 2.03
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.06 metres 2T o 0 0 3 2.06
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.09 metres 4 xo 1 1 5 2.09
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.12 metres 3 =OR xxo 2 3 8 2.12
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.14 metres 4 =OR xo 1 4 10 2.14
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.16 metres 2 =OR xo 1 5 12 2.16
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.18 metres 2 xxx 1 5 12 2.16
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 13T QU 2.00 1 1 3
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1.90 metres 1T o 0 0 1 1.90
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1.95 metres 25T p 0 0 1 1.90
1960 Summer 18 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2.00 metres 13T xo 1 1 3 2.00
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 2.18 0 2 10
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.00 metres 1T o 0 0 1 2.00
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.03 metres 2T o 0 0 2 2.03
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.06 metres 4T o 0 0 3 2.06
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.09 metres 3T o 0 0 4 2.09
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.12 metres 2 o 0 0 5 2.12
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.14 metres 4 xxo 2 2 8 2.14
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.16 metres 1 =OR o 0 2 9 2.16
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.18 metres 1 OR o 0 2 10 2.18
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2.20 metres 1 xxx 0 2 10 2.18
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 11 QU 2.06 0 2 5
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1.90 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1.95 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2.00 metres 1T o 0 0 1 2.00
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2.03 metres 18 xxo 2 2 4 2.03
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2.06 metres 11 o 0 2 5 2.06
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