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Galina Bystrova

Full name: Galina Petrovna Bystrova (Dolzhenkova-)
Original name: Галина Петровна Быстрова (Долженкова-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: February 8, 1934 in Naxçıvan, Naxçıvan Şəhər, Azerbaijan
Died: October 11, 1999 in Volgograd, Volgograd, Russia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Gorky, Nizhny Novgorod (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

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Biography

Galina Bystrova was born in Azerbaijan, where her father served with the Soviet Border Guard, to a Russian family and grew up in Gorky (now Nizhny Novgorod), where her family moved after her father's service ended. Initially a gymnast, Bystrova took up athletics in 1952 after she met her future husband and athletics coach Vasily Bystrov. Known mainly as a pentathlete, she was also strong in individual events and made her international début at the 1956 Olympics, where she was fourth in the 80 hurdles. As pentathlon was included on the Olympic Program only in 1964, Bystrova also competed in the high hurdles at the 1960 Olympics, finishing fifth, before she got a chance to compete in her best event at the 1964 Olympics. By then past her prime, Bystrova settled for a pentathlon bronze in 1964. Besides her Olympic bronze, she won three European Championships – 1958 and 1962 in pentathlon; and 1958 in 80 hurdles. She also set three world records – 10.6 in 80 metre hurdles in 1958; and 4,846 in 1957 and 4,872 in 1958 in the pentathlon. Bystrova won six Soviet titles – 80 hurdles in 1957-59; 1956 long jump; and pentathlon in 1957 and 1958. After finishing her sports career, Bystrova worked as an athletics coach alongside her husband, at first in Gorky and later in Volgograd.

Personal Bests\: 80H – 10.6 (1958); Pen – 4995 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Soviet Union URS 4
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Soviet Union URS 5
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Women's 80 metres Hurdles Soviet Union URS 6 h2 r2/3
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Women's Pentathlon Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Women's 80 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final 4 11.0 11.25 4
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 11.0 11.14
1956 Summer 22 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Four 2 QU 10.9w 11.09w
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final 5 11.2 11.26 2
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 11.0 11.16
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Six 2 QU 11.1 11.26
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 6 10.8 10,89
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat One 2 QU 10.9 10,96

Women's Pentathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1962HT) T D P(1962T) H
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 4,956
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 80 metre hurdles 1T OB 1.096 10.7
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 80 metre hurdles Heat Four 1 OB 1.096 10.7
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Shot put 3 14.47 1.014
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union High jump 8T 945 1.60
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Long jump 7 6.11 1.014
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 200 metres 11 887 25.5
1964 Summer 30 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 200 metres Heat Five 3 887 25.5
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