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Leonid Spirin

Full name: Leonid Vasilyevich Spirin
Original name: Леонид Васильевич Спирин
Gender: Male
Born: August 20, 1932 in Zhavoronki, Moskva, Russia
Died: February 23, 1982
Affiliations: Metalurg Moskva
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Leonid Spirin was introduced to race walking in the early 1950s, when he started to work as a laboratory assistant at the Moskva Metallurgical Plant Serp i Molot, and he was considered as one of the world’s best race walkers at shorter distances in the late 1950s. The apex of Spirin’s career was the 1956 Olympics, where he won the 20 km walk gold medal. He also won 20 km silvers at the 1958 European Championships and 1957 World Student Games and won his only Soviet title in 1958, also over 20 km. Spirin set the 20 km track walk world record of 1-28:45.2 in 1956, 15 km track walk world records of 1-05:45.8 and 1-05:18.0 in 1957, and a 20 km road walk world’s best of 1-27:29 in 1959. Spirin worked as a race walking coach in Moskva after finishing his sports career.

Personal Best\: 20kmW – 1-27:29 (1959).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Men's 20 kilometres Walk Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Men's 20 kilometres Walk

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 OR 1-31:27.4
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