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Semyon Rzhishchin

Full name: Semyon Ivanovich Rzhishchin
Original name: Семён Иванович Ржищин
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: February 15, 1933 in Troitsk, Ryazan, Russia
Died: December 27, 1986 in Dushanbe, Nohijahoi Tobei Çumhuri, Tajikistan
Affiliations: CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Semyon Rzhishchin was the world’s top steeplechaser in the late 1950s, although he never won a major international title. A five-time Soviet steeplechase champion (1955-59), Rzhishchin won bronze at the 1960 Olympics and silver at the 1958 European Championships. Besides his five titles, Rzhishchin also won silver at the 1960 Soviet Championships and set two world records during his career – 8:39.8 during the 1956 Soviet Championships, and 8:35.6, set in 1958. After finishing his sports career, Rzhishchin worked as an athletics coach and official and died of a heart attack while officiating a local cross-country tournament in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Personal Best\: 3000S – 8:35.6 (1958).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Soviet Union URS 5
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final 5 8:44.6 8:44.58
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Two 2 QU 8:53.0 8:53.18
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final 3 8:42.2 8:42.34
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 1 QU 8:48.0 8:48.11
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