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Volodymyr Holubnychiy

Full name: Volodymyr Stepanovych Holubnychiy
Original name: Володимир Степанович Голубничий
Other name(s): Vladimir Stepanovich Golubnichy, Владимир Степанович Голубничий
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: June 2, 1936 in Sumy, Sumy, Ukraine
Affiliations: Spartak Sumy, Sumy (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Ukrainian Volodymyr Holubnychiy was among the world's top race walkers for nearly two decades, exclusively competing in the 20 km walk. He competed in five Olympics, winning four Olympic medals and set two 20 km walk world records. Holubnychiy took up athletics in 1953, and although he set his first 20 km walk world record in 1955 (1-30:36) and his second and last world record in 1959 (1-27:04), he was not selected to the Soviet national team until the 1960 Olympics. At the 1960 Olympics, Holubnychiy won his first Olympic title, a feat he repeated at the 1968 Olympics. Holubnychiy also won silver at the 1972 Olympics and bronze in 1964, while finishing seventh in 1976, in his last international tournament. At the European Championships, Holubnychiy won a full set of medals, gold in 1974, silver in 1966 and bronze in 1962. He was also six times Soviet champion in 20 km walk (1960, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974). After his retirement from sports, Holubnychiy worked as an athletics coach in his native Sumy, Ukraine. Since 2006, an annual 20 km walk race has been held in his honor in Sumy.

Personal Best: 20kmW – 1-23:55 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1972 Summer 36 München Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 7

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 24 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 1-34:07.2
1964 Summer 28 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 1-31:59.4
1968 Summer 32 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 1-33:58.4
1972 Summer 36 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 2 1-26:55.2
1976 Summer 40 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 7 1-29:24.6
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