Full name: Mykola Yakovych Smaha
Original name: Микола Якович Смага
Other name(s): Nikolay Yakovlevich Smaga, Николай Яковлевич Смага
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: August 22, 1938 in Bobrove, Sumy, Ukraine
Died: March 28, 1981 in Kyiv, Kyiv, Ukraine
Country: Soviet Union
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Along with another Soviet-Ukrainian race walker from the Sumy region, [Volodymyr Holubnychiy], Mykola Smaha was one of the leading race walkers in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like his training partner and best friend Holubnychiy, Smaha competed exclusively in the 20 km walk. During his career, which lasted from 1965-72, Smaha competed at two Olympic Games, winning a bronze medal in 1968 and placing fifth in 1972. Smaha was the 1971 European Champion and won bronzes at the 1966 and 1969 European Championships. He also won the 20 km at the 1967 IAAF World Race Walking Cup. At the Soviet Championships Smaha won three titles (1969-71) and two bronzes (1968, 1972). Smaha finished his sports career after the 1972 Olympics and later worked as a race walking coach, serving as coach of the 1980 Soviet Olympic race walking team.
Personal Best\: 20kmW – 1-25:49 (1968).
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Men's 20 kilometres Walk||Soviet Union||URS||3||Bronze|
|1972 Summer||34||München||Athletics||Men's 20 kilometres Walk||Soviet Union||URS||5|
|1968 Summer||30||Ciudad de México||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Standings||3||1-34:03.4|
|1972 Summer||34||München||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Standings||5||1-28:16.6|