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Boris Nik'it'ini

Full name: Boris Nik'it'ini
Original name: ბორის ნიკიტინი
Other name(s): Boris Vasilyevich Nikitini, Борис Васильевич Никитин
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9 (176 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: March 5, 1938 in Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: October 20, 1984 in Ikve, Unknown, Georgia
Affiliations: Dynamo Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

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Biography

Boris Nik'it'ini was the best Soviet middle distance freestyle swimmer at the end of the 1950s. Nik'it'ini rose into fame in 1956 when he won his first Soviet 4×100 freestyle relay title and was a member of the Soviet 4×200 relay team that set a world record of 8:24.5 just a month before the 1956 Olympics. At the Olympics itself, however, Nik'it'ini and the Soviet 4×200 freestyle relay team were less successful, finishing only in third place behind Australia (who broke the world record), and the United States, with a time 10 seconds slower than the world record they had set a month earlier. At the 1958 European Championships Nik'it'ini won gold in the 4×200 free relay and silver in the 400 freestyle. Domestically, Nik'it'ini won six Soviet titles (1956-60: 400 freestyle; 1957: 1500 freestyle) and two bronze medals at the Soviet championships (1958: 1500 freestyle; 1963: 400 IM).

Personal Bests: 200 m freestyle – 2:06.7 (1956); 400 m freestyle – 4:30.1 (1957); 800 m freestyle – 9:32.8 (1958); 1500 m freestyle – 18:25.2 (1957); 400 m individual medley – 5:07.1 (1963).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle Soviet Union URS 5 h4 r1/2
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Soviet Union URS 8

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Four 5 4:42.8

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 3 8:34.7 2:06.7 8:34.7
1956 Summer 18 Melbourne Swimming Soviet Union URS Round One Heat Two 2 QU 8:39.5 2:08.7 8:39.5
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 8 8:32.2 2:06.9 8:32.2
1960 Summer 22 Roma Swimming Soviet Union URS Round One Heat One 3 QU 8:30.6 2:06.8 8:30.6
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