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Vladimir Kosinsky

Full name: Vladimir Ivanovich Kosinsky
Original name: Владимир Иванович Косинский
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: February 26, 1945 in Kotlas, Arkhangelsk, Russia
Died: July 14, 2011 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia
Affiliations: VS Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Vladimir Kosinsky, the best Soviet breaststroke swimmer of the late 1960s, first competed internationally at the 1964 Olympics, where he surprisingly reached the final of the 200 m breaststroke, although he finished only eighth. The young swimmer had been selected to the Soviet team after he had won silver in the 200 breast at the 1964 Soviet championships. In 1965, Kosinsky won his second medal, a bronze in the medley relay, at the Soviet championships, but did not medal domestically in 1966 and was not selected to the Soviet 1966 European championships team. Kosinsky's best year was probably 1967, but as there were no international championships that year, he had to settle for only three golds (100 and 200 breaststroke and medley relay) at the Soviet championships, but he also broke his first world record (1:06.7 in 100 m breaststroke) in 1967. In 1968, Kosinsky recorded his second and final world record (2:27.4 in 200 breast) and despite winning only silver in the 200 breaststroke at the Soviet championships, he was quite successful at his second international tournament, the 1968 Olympics, where he won three medals – two individual silvers and a relay bronze. Kosinsky also competed at the 1970 European Championships and at the 1972 Olympic Games, but with less success and also struggled at the Soviet championships, winning only silver in the 200 breaststroke in 1972. He retired from competition after the 1972 Olympics and later worked as a swimming coach with Lokomotiv Leningrad.

Personal Bests: 100 m breaststroke – 1:06.7 (1967); 200 m breaststroke – 2:26.2 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 8
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 100 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1972 Summer 27 München Swimming Men's 100 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 7 h2 r2/3
1972 Summer 27 München Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 2 h4 r1/2

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union Final 2 1:08.0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Three 1 QU/OR 1:07.9
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1:10.0
1972 Summer 27 München Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 7 1:07.08
1972 Summer 27 München Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 4 QU 1:07.39

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union Final 8 2:38.1
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 2:33.5
1964 Summer 19 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Four 2 QU 2:35.6
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union Final 2 2:29.2
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 1 QU 2:31.9
1972 Summer 27 München Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Four 2 2:28.00

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 3 4:00.7 1:07.1 2:10.0
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