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Faina Melnik

Full name: Faina Grigoryevna Melnik (-Veleva)
Original name: Ֆաինա Մելնիկ
Other name(s): Faina Grigorievna Melnyk (-Veleva), Фаина Григорьевна Мельник (-Велева), Faïna Hryhorivna Melnik (-Velieva), Фаїна Григорівна Мельник (-Велєва)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: June 9, 1945 in Bakota, Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine
Affiliations: Sevan Yerevan/Spartak Moskva
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Velko Velev.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Born in Ukraine to a Jewish family, Faina Melnik took up athletics in 1969, when she was nearly 25-years-old, but coached by Kim Bukhantsov, she quickly rose to be one of the world’s top female discus throwers in the early 1970s. The apex of Melnik’s career was winning gold at the 1972 Olympics. Dominating the women’s discus throwing scene for the next four years, Melnik also competed at the 1976 Olympics but finished a disappointing fourth. She was the 1971 and 1974 European Champion, and won gold at the 1973 Universiade, 1977 World Cup, and 1973, 1975, and 1977 European Cup. Between 1971-76, Melnik set 11 discus world records. She won 10 Soviet discus titles – in 1970, 1972-77, and 1980-81. Melnik graduated from the Moskva Medical Stomatological Institute (now Moskva State University of Medicine and Dentistry), later worked as a dentist in Moskva, and also worked as an athletics coach, her most famous pupils the 1988 shot put Olympic champion Nataliya Lisovskaya and the 1992 shot put Olympic champion Svetlana Krivelyova.

Personal Bests\: SP – 20.03 (1976); DT – 70.50 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Women's Discus Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Women's Shot Put Soviet Union URS 10
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Women's Discus Throw Soviet Union URS 4
1980 Summer 35 Moskva Athletics Women's Discus Throw Soviet Union URS 16 QR

Women's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 10 18.07
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 6 17.46
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 9 17.77 17.77
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 10 18.07 18.07

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 66.62
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 4 60.56
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 3 61.32 61.32
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 5 57.96 61.32
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 OR 66.62 66.62
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 62.76 66.62
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP foul
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2 QU 61.26
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 9 53.00
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 2 61.26 61.26
1972 Summer 27 München Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 4 66.40
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 3 64.48
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 4 65.42 65.42
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 5 62.76 65.42
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 4 66.40 66.40
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 4 foul 66.40
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 64.20
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2 QU 63.74
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 2 63.74
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 2 pass 63.74
1976 Summer 31 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1980 Summer 35 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 16 53.76
1980 Summer 35 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 13 51.64
1980 Summer 35 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 15 53.76 53.76
1980 Summer 35 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP foul
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