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Kharis Yunichev

Full name: Kharis Kharisovich Yunichev
Original name: Харис Харисович Юничев
Gender: Male
Born: August 7, 1931 in Sochi, Krasnodar Kray, Russia
Died: February 12, 2006
Affiliations: Burevestnik Sochi, Sochi (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Kharis Yunichev was the first Soviet swimmer to win an individual Olympic medal. Yunichev took up swimming in 1947 and soon rose to be one of the top Soviet breaststroke swimmers. The high point of Yunichev’s career was the only international tournament in which he participated, the 1956 Olympics, where he surprised everybody by winning a bronze medal in the 200 metre breaststroke. Domestically, Yurichev won two Soviet titles, in the 200 breaststroke in 1951 and the medley relay in 1953. He also won two silver medals (1951: 400 breaststroke; 1956: 200 breaststroke) and one bronze (1951: 100 breaststroke) at the Soviet championships. Since 2002 an annual tournament in his honor has been held in his hometown of Sochi.

Personal Best: 100 m breaststroke – 1:14.8 (1951); 200 m breaststroke – 2:33.0 (1956); 400 m breaststroke – 5:51.6 (1951).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming Soviet Union Final 3 2:36.8
1956 Summer 25 Melbourne Swimming Soviet Union Round One Heat Three 2 QU 2:41.2