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Viktor Kapitonov

Full name: Viktor Arsenyevich Kapitonov
Original name: Виктор Арсеньевич Капитонов
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: October 25, 1933 in Tver, Tver, Russia
Died: March 2, 2005 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: VS Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Viktor Kapitonov's Olympic title in the road race of 1960 was the first cycling title for a Soviet rider. To win, he had to sprint twice. Mistakingly thinking the next-to-last lap was the final one, Kapitonov sprinted to the line, at the surprise of the breakaway cyclist, Livio Trapè. At a second attempt in the actual final lap, Kapitonov had enough left for the gold medal. He had earlier won a bronze medal in the 100 km team time trial. Kapitonov's other international victories came in the East block dominated Peace Race, in which he won the team prize with the Soviet Union four times (1958-59, 1961-62). He also collected five Soviet titles, on both track and road. Ending his active career in 1965, he became the coach of the Soviet road team until 1985. In 1983, he earned a PhD degree in pedagogical science.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Soviet Union URS 32
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Cycling Men's Road Race, Team Soviet Union URS 6
1960 Summer 26 Roma Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1960 Summer 26 Roma Cycling Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Cycling Soviet Union Final Standings 32 at 9:28
1960 Summer 26 Roma Cycling Soviet Union Final Standings 1 4-20:37

Men's Road Race, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Cycling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 6 32

Men's 100 kilometres Team Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 26 Roma Cycling Soviet Union URS Final Standings 3 2-18:41.67