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Vasily Kuznetsov

Full name: Vasily Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov
Original name: Василий Дмитриевич Кузнецов
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: February 7, 1932 in Kalikino, Ryazan, Russia
Died: August 6, 2001 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Vasily Kuznetsov was the top European decathlete in the 1950s and was topped only by Americans Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson and Chinese Taipei's C. K. Yang during his prime. Kuznetsov took up athletics in the late 1940s and soon rose to be the top Soviet decathlete in the 1950s, winning a record 10 national decathlon titles (1953-60, 1962-63). Internationally Kuznetsov competed at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics, and the 1954, 1958 and 1962 European Championships, winning Olympic bronzes in 1956 (behind Campbell and Johnson) and 1960 (behind Johnson and Yang) and three consecutive European titles. Kuznetsov also won the pentathlon at the 1959 Universiade and decathlon at the 1961 Universiade.

Kuznetsov set two decathlon world records during his career. In May 1958, he was the first man to break the 8,000 points barrier on the 1952 scoring system, with 8,014 points (7,653 (1985)) in Krasnodar. Kuznetsov set his second decathlon world record in May 1959 with 8,357 (7,839 (1985)), and also set three pentathlon world records – 3,736 in 1956, 3,901 in 1958, and 4,006 in 1959. Kuznetsov finished his career after the 1964 Olympics and later worked as a coach, lecturer and research associate with Lomonosov Moskva State University. In 1987 the IAAF named Kuznetsov among the top 10 decathletes of all-time.

Personal Best\: Dec – 7839 (1959).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's Decathlon Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Men's Decathlon Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Men's Decathlon Soviet Union URS 7

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1952HT) P(1985HT) P(1985AT) T(H) T(A) D P(1952T) P(1985T) H T P(1962HT) P(1962T)
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 7,465 7.330 7.337
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 100 metres 5T 834 765 782 11.2 11.36
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 100 metres Heat One 1 834 765 782 11.2 11.36
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Long jump 3 7.04 798 823
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Shot put 2 14.49 820 758
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union High jump 10T 711 585 1.75
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 400 metres 6 828 799 804 50.2 50.24
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 400 metres Heat Four 1 828 799 804 50.2 50.24
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 110 metre hurdles 3 840 833 820 14.9 15.25
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 110 metre hurdles Heat Two 1 840 833 820 14.9 15.25
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Discus throw 3 44.33 754 753
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Pole vault 3 720 603 3.95
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Javelin throw 1 OB 65.13 854 815
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 1,500 metres 9 306 596 4:53.8 4:54.10
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union 1,500 metres Heat One 4 306 596 4:53.8 4:54.10
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 3 7,809 7.527 7.557
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union 100 metres 4T 870 786 806 11.1 11.25
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union 100 metres Heat One 1 870 786 806 11.1 11.25
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Long jump 6 6.96 773 804
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Long jump Round One NP 6.95
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Long jump Round Two NP 6.86
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Long jump Round Three NP 6.96
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Shot put 4 14.46 817 757
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Shot put Round One NP 14.41
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Shot put Round Two NP 14.46
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Shot put Round Three NP foul
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union High jump 16T 711 585 1.75
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union 400 metres 6 828 799 50.2
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union 110 metre hurdles 4 813 821 831 15.0 15.15
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union 110 metre hurdles Heat Five 2 813 821 831 15.0 15.15
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Discus throw 1 OB 50.52 972 881
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Discus throw Round One NP 44.34
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Discus throw Round Two NP 45.05
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Discus throw Round Three NP 50.52
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Pole vault 6T 695 590 3.90
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Javelin throw 2 71.20 1.024 908
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Javelin throw Round One NP 71.20
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Javelin throw Round Two NP 61.62
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Javelin throw Round Three NP 62.12
1960 Summer 28 Roma Athletics Soviet Union 1,500 metres 16 306 596 4:53.8
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 7 7.454 7,569
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 100 metres 3T 830 10.9 828
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 100 metres Heat Four 1 830 10.9 828
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Long jump 7 6.98 809 816
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Shot put 7 14.06 732 732
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union High jump 16T 544 1.70 588
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 400 metres 7T 831 49.5 829
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 400 metres Heat One 1 831 49.5 829
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 110 metre hurdles 3T 833 14.9 859
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 110 metre hurdles Heat Two 2 833 14.9 859
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Discus throw 7 43.81 742 759
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Pole vault 3T 731 4.40 909
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Javelin throw 2 67.87 857 855
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 1,500 metres 17 545 5:02.5 394
1964 Summer 32 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union 1,500 metres Heat Three 4 545 5:02.5 394
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