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Pyotr Bolotnikov

Full name: Pyotr Grogoryevich Bolotnikov
Original name: Пётр Григорьевич Болотников
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: March 8, 1930 in Zinovkino, Respublika Mordoviya, Russia
Died: December 20, 2013
Affiliations: Spartak Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Pyotr Bolotnikov only started athletics at age 20, after joining the Red Army. Bolotnikov won his first Soviet title in 1957, in the 10,000, when he surprisingly defeated the renowned [Volodymyr Kuts] in the finishing sprint. Bolotnikov won Soviet titles in both the 5K and 10K in 1958-62, adding the 10K national title in 1964 and cross-country title in 1958.

At the 1960 Olympics, Bolotnikov controlled the 10,000 m race from the start to end, easily defeating the favorites, East German [Hans Grodotzki] and New Zealander [Murray Halberg]. In October 1960, Bolotnikov lowered the 10,000 m world record by almost by 12 seconds with 28:18.8 at a meet in Kyiv. Just two weeks before the 1962 European Championships, Bolotnikov again bettered that record, posting 28:18.2. He easily won the 10K at the Europeans, but surprisingly finished third in the 5K. After an unsuccessful 1964 Olympics, Bolotnikov retired from competition in 1965. From 1965-85, he was an athletics coach with Spartak Moskva. From 1990-92 Bolotnikov was president of Spartak Moskva and in 1996 was named honorary president of Spartak Moskva.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 13:38.2 (1960); 10000 – 28:18.1 (1962).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics Men's 5,000 metres Soviet Union URS 9
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Soviet Union URS 16
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Athletics Men's 10,000 metres Soviet Union URS 25

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final 9 14:22.4 14:22.63
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Round One Heat One 4 QU 14:28.0 14:28.17

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 16 TNK
1960 Summer 30 Roma Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 1 OR 28:32.2 28:32.18
1964 Summer 34 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Standings 25 30:52.8
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