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Dmitry Sakunenko

Full name: Dmitry Nikolayevich Sakunenko
Original name: Дмитрий Николаевич Сакуненко
Gender: Male
Born: January 7, 1930 in Ust-Talmenka, Altay Kray, Russia
Died: September 13, 2014 in Vladimir, Vladimir, Russia
Affiliations: Torpedo Vladimir
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Speed Skating


Dmitry Sakunenko took up speed skating in 1948 and was on the Soviet national team from 1952-60. During his career, Sakunenko competed at the 1956 Olympics, placing 16th in the 5,000 metres; the 1954 and 1955 World All-Around Championships, finishing fifth and fourth, respectively, in all-around; and at the 1955, 1957 and 1958 European All-Around Championships, winning the all-around bronze in 1955. He also won two distance bronzes at the 1955 European Championships – in the 500 and 10,000 metres. Sakunenko set two world records during his career. At an international meet at Medeo on 9 January 1955, Sakunenko was the first person to skate 5,000 metres under eight minutes, clocking 7:54.9. In a later pair, [Boris Shilkov] improved this world record to 7:45.6. At the same competition Sakunenko also set a world all-around record with 184.638 points. Domestically Sakunenko won the Soviet all-around title in 1957 and the following distance medals at the Soviet Championships – silvers in 5,000 metres in 1952 and in 10,000 metres in 1952 and 1957 and bronze in 5,000 metres in 1953. After finishing his sporting career, Sakunenko worked as a speed skating coach with Trud Vladimir from 1960-72. From 1972-94 Sakunenko was a senior state inspector of fisheries for Vladimir Oblast. He also remained active in speed skating circles as a speed skating referee and organizer of competitions. He later was also a member of the Veterans Sports Council of Vladimir Oblast.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 42.6 (1955); 1500 – 2:11.9 (1957); 5000 – 7:54.9 (1955); 10000 – 16:44.3 (1955).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Soviet Union URS 16

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1956 Winter 26 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Soviet Union Final Standings 16 8:10.5 20.9 58.4 1:36.0 2:14.0 2:52.0 3:30.4 4:09.2 4:48.6 5:28.1 6:08.2 6:48.7 7:29.3
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