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Sergey Koplyakov

Full name: Sergey Viktorovich Koplyakov
Original name: Сергей Викторович Копляков
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: January 23, 1959 in Orsha, Vitebsk, Belarus
Affiliations: Spartak Minsk, Minsk (BLR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Sergey Koplyakov from Belarus made the Soviet national team in 1976 and won his first international tournament medal, a 4×200 m freestyle relay silver, at the 1976 Olympics. Koplyakov next competed at the 1977 European Championships, winning gold in the 4×200 free relay and bronze in the 4×100 free relay. Koplyakov established himself as one of the world's top 200 freestylers in 1978, winning a bronze in the event at the World Championships. He also won silver in the long freestyle relay at the 1978 World Championships. In 1979, Koplyakov became the first man to swim under the 1:50 mark for the 200 metre freestyle, clocking his only world record of 1:49.83 in East Berlin. At the 1980 Olympics, with the Americans absent, Koplyakov was the heavy favorite in the 200 free gold and won easily, nearly a full second ahead of fellow compatriot Andrey Krylov. He also won a 4×200 freestyle relay gold and medley relay silver at the 1980 Olympics. Koplyakov finished his swimming career after the 1981 European Championships, where he won three golds – in 200 freestyle and in both freestyle relays. Domestically Koplyakov won seven Soviet titles – three in 200 freestyle (1978-79, 1981), one in 100 freestyle (1979), one in 4×100 free relay (1978), one in 4×200 free relay (1978) and one in the medley relay (1978). After retiring from competition, Koplyakov has worked as a swimming coach in his native Belarus, as the long time coach of [Dynamo Minsk].

Personal Best: 100 m freestyle – 51.34 (1980); 200 m freestyle – 1:49.81 (1980).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 1 h1 r1/2
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 4
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Men's 200 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Soviet Union URS 2 Silver

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Final 4 51.34
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 51.51
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 1 QU 52.08

Men's 200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat One 1 1:53.44
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Final 1 OR 1:49.81
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Six 1 QU 1:51.04

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 2 7:27.97 1:52.54 5:36.92
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Swimming Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 1 QU/OR 7:33.21 1:52.19 7:33.21
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 1 7:23.50 1:50.00 1:50.00

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 2 3:45.92 50.89 3:45.92