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Andrey Prokofyev

Full name: Andrey Vasilyevich Prokofyev
Original name: Андрей Васильевич Прокофьев
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1.5 (187 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: June 6, 1959 in Lesnoy, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Died: June 19, 1989 in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Andrey Prokofyev was one of the best Soviet high hurdlers of the 1980s, often helping the Soviet sprint relay team to medals at various championships. Prokofyev first gained noteriety at the 1979 Universiade, where he won the 110 hurdles, repeating that victory at the 1983 Universiade. At the 1980 Moscow Olympics he was fourth in the high hurdles and won the gold medal as anchor of the Soviet 4x100 relay team. At the 1982 European Championships he won silver in the 110 hurdles and added a gold in the 4x100. At the 1983 World Championships, Prokofyev was eliminated in the heats of the 110 hurdles, but won bronze as a member of the Soviet 4x100 relay team. The latter part of Prokofyev’s career was hampered by injuries and he made his last international appearance at the 1986 European Championships, where he was eliminated in the high hurdle heats. Domestically, Prokofyev won four Soviet 110 m hurdles titles, in 1978, 1982-83 and 1986, and one 100 title in 1982. After finishing his sporting career he worked as an athletics coach in Russia and East Germany, but suffered from clinical depression, which led to alcoholism and, shortly after his 30th birthday, he committed suicide by hanging himself.

Personal Bests: 100 – 10.33 (1982); 110H – 13.28 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Soviet Union URS 4
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Soviet Union URS 1 Gold

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final 4 13.49 5
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 13.59 8
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 2 QU 13.61 3

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union URS Final 1 38.26 6
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union URS Round One Heat One 1 QU 38.68 2
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