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Konstantin Volkov

Full name: Konstantin Yuryevich Volkov
Original name: Константин Юрьевич Волков
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (184 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: February 28, 1960 in Irkutsk, Irkutsk, Russia
Affiliations: Lokomotiv Irkutsk
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Konstantin Volkov was the first Soviet pole vaulting star before the emergence of legendary Sergey Bubka. Coached by his father, he rose to prominence in 1979, when he won his only Soviet title. Volkov won a silver medal at the 1980 Olympics, but missed a possible medal, perhaps gold, at the 1984 Olympics due to the Soviet boycott. Instead of the 1984 Olympics, Volkov competed at the Friendship Games, and won gold ahead of a young Bubka with a result of 5.80, which was 5 cm better than the gold medal jump made by Pierre Quinon in the Olympic final. Besides his Olympic silver, Volkov won golds at the 1981 and 1983 Universiade, the 1981 World Cup and the 1979 European Cup, adding silvers at the 1983 World Championships, 1980 Europeans and the 1979 and 1982 European Indoor Championships.

Volkov finished his sports career in 1986 and from 1986-91 worked as an athletics coach in his hometown of Irkutsk. After the fall of the Soviet Union Volkov became a businessman. From 2001-04, he was the general director of the Transsiberian Freight Company, from 2006-08 he was the deputy general director of the Siberian Metallurgical Company, and from 2008-09 he was the deputy managing director of the construction company Monolitstroy-Irkutsk. From 2009-10 Volkov was minister of the Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy of Irkutsk Oblast.

Personal Best\: PV – 5.85 (1984).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Men's Pole Vault Soviet Union URS 2T Silver OR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2T OR 5.65 2 2 5
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.15 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.25 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.35 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.45 metres 6T p 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.50 metres 8T p 0 0 1 5.35
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.55 metres 1T OR o 0 0 2 5.55
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.60 metres 3T p 0 0 2 5.55
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.65 metres 2T =OR xxo 2 2 5 5.65
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.70 metres 2T xxp 2 2 5 5.65
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.75 metres 2 x- 2 2 5 5.65
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 8T QC 5.35 0 0 2
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5 5.35 0 0 2
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.15 metres NP p 0 0 0 NH
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.25 metres 1T o 0 0 1 5.25
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.35 metres 1 o 0 0 2 5.35
1980 Summer 20 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres 5 p 0 0 2 5.35
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