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Vasil Manchenko

Full name: Vasil Pavlov Manchenko
Original name: Васил Павлов Манченко
Gender: Male
Born: April 5, 1931 in Grenoble, Isère, France
Died: May 17, 2010 in Sofia, Sofia Grad, Bulgaria
Affiliations: CSKA Sofia, Sofia (BUL) / Spartak Sofia, Sofia (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Basketball

Biography

Born in France to a Ukrainian family, Vasil Manchenko moved to Bulgaria as a young child. His father had left his homeland, then part of the Russian Empire and later part of the Soviet Union during the Russian Revolution. Manchenko took up basketball in high school and in the 1950s was a member of the Bulgarian national team now considered as their golden team. Although this team never medaled at major international tournaments, they still had the highest major international finishes of any Bulgarian basketball team, placing seventh and fifth at the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, respectively and fourth at the 1955 European Championships. Manchenko also took part in the 1953 European Championships. At the club level, Manchenko played most of his career with CSKA Sofia, winning two national titles (1949, 1951) and two Bulgarian Cups (1953, 1955) with them. He finished his sporting career playing with Spartak Sofia and won his third national title with them in 1956.

After finishing his sporting career, Manchenko, who graduated from Sofia University with a journalism degree, worked as a sports journalist, working with the sports journal Physical Culture and Sports and the National Sport and National Youth newspapers, before moving to Bulgarian National Television in 1970. He was the main editor of the sports section of the evening news and also worked as a basketball, volleyball and boxing commentator. Beginning at the 1972 Summer Olympics, he also headed the Bulgarian National Television team at the next five Olympics and also at many other major international tournaments. Manchenko retired from TV in 1991, but remained active in sports circles. In the 1990s he edited the Bulgarian basketball magazines Basket Mania and Rap Basket and also organized many street basketball tournaments in Bulgaria. In 2013 a street basketball tournament in his honor was held in Sofia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Men's Basketball Bulgaria BUL 7
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Men's Basketball Bulgaria BUL 5

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Final Round Match 7/8 1 1952-08-01 BUL 58, FRA 44 4
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group A Match #1 2 1952-07-28 ARG 100, BUL 56 0
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group A Match #3 2 1952-07-29 URU 62, BUL 54 3
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group A Match #5 1 1952-07-30 BUL 67, FRA 58 0
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group A Match #4 1 1952-07-17 BUL 62, CUB 56 0
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group B Match #1 2 1952-07-25 URS 74, BUL 46 6
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group B Match #3 1 1952-07-25 BUL 52, MEX 44 0
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Final Round Match 5/6 1 1956-12-01 BUL 64, BRA 52
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group B Match #1 2 1956-11-27 USA 85, BUL 44 1
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group B Match #3 2 1956-11-28 URS 66, BUL 56 0
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group B Match #6 1 1956-11-29 BUL 82, BRA 73 0
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Classification Round 5-8 Match #2 1 1956-11-30 BUL 80, PHI 70
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group C Match #2 2 1956-11-23 URU 70, BUL 65 0
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group C Match #4 1 1956-11-24 BUL 89, KOR 58 0
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Basketball Bulgaria BUL Group C Match #5 1 1956-11-26 BUL 88, TPE 71 0
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