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Vyacheslav Ivanov

Full name: Vyacheslav Nikolayevich Ivanov
Original name: Вячеслав Николаевич Иванов
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: July 30, 1938 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Krasnoye Znamya Moskva/TsSK VMF Moskva
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

Vyacheslav Ivanov was the first man to win the Olympic single sculls three times consecutively - 1956-64, a feat later matched by Finland’s Pertti Karppinen. The remainder of his career is likewise impressive as he won the first World Championship in single sculls in 1962, and he was also European champion in 1956, 1959, 1961, and 1964. Ivanov's great rival was Australian Stuart MacKenzie. Ivanov defeated MacKenzie at the 1956 Olympics, but MacKenzie never again competed in the Olympics due to injuries. Ivanov did not fare well at other meets against the Australian as MacKenzie twice defeated him in the European championships and Ivanov lost to MacKenzie in his only two attempts at the Diamond Sculls. In 1956, Ivanov lost his gold medal when, exulting during his victory celebration, he dropped the medal into Lake Wendouree, where the rowing events were held. He dived to the bottom of the Lake but could not find it. The IOC provided him with a replacement.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Rowing Men's Single Sculls Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1960 Summer 22 Roma Rowing Men's Single Sculls Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Rowing Men's Single Sculls Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's Single Sculls

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Rowing Soviet Union URS Final Round 8:02.5
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Rowing Soviet Union URS Semi-Finals Heat One 9:02.7
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Rowing Soviet Union URS Round One Heat One 7:26.1
1960 Summer 22 Roma Rowing Soviet Union URS Final Round 7:13.96
1960 Summer 22 Roma Rowing Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 7:22.20
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Rowing Soviet Union URS Final Round A Final 8:22.51
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Rowing Soviet Union URS Round One Repêchage Heat Three 7:31.76
1964 Summer 26 Tokyo Rowing Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 7:53.55
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