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Heorhiy Prokopenko

Full name: Heorhiy Yakovych Prokopenko
Original name: Георгій Якович Прокопенко
Other name(s): Georgy Yakovlevich Prokopenko, Георгий Яковлевич Прокопенко
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: February 21, 1937 in Poltava, Poltava, Ukraine
Affiliations: Dynamo Lviv, Lviv (UKR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Along with fellow Ukrainian Halyna Prozumenshchykova-Stepanova, Heorhiy Prokopenko, a breaststroke specialist like Prozumenshchykova, was one of the first Soviet swimming stars. Prokopenko rose into fame in 1960 when he won his first Soviet title and was selected to the Soviet 1960 Olympic team. At the Olympics Prokopenko was not very successful, only reaching the semifinals of the 200 metre breaststroke. At his next major international tournament, however, the 1962 European Championships, Prokopenko won the 200 breaststroke title, which he successfully defended in 1966. He also won gold in the medley relay at the 1966 Europeans. Before the 1964 Olympics, Prokopenko set his only two world records, both in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.4 in March and 1:06.9 in September) and went to the Olympics as one of the favorites to the 200 breaststroke gold. At the Olympics, however, Prokopenko had to settle for silver behind Australian [Ian O’Brien], who broke the world record. Domestically, Prokopenko was a six-time Soviet champion: in the 100 breaststroke in 1962, 1964, and 1966, and in the 200 breaststroke in 1960, 1964 and 1965.

Personal Best: 100 m breaststroke – 1:06.9 (1964); 200 m breaststroke – 2:28.2 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 5 h2 r2/3
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay Soviet Union URS 4

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 2:41.0
1960 Summer 23 Roma Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat One 2 QU 2:39.2
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union Final 2 2:28.2
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 2:29.7
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 2 QU 2:30.3

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Swimming Soviet Union URS Final 4 4:04.2 1:06.5 2:09.1