Aleksandr Dityatin

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAleksandr Nikolayevich•Dityatin
Used nameAleksandr•Dityatin
Original nameАлександр Николаевич•Дитятин
Born7 August 1957 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Measurements178 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsDynamo St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation
Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 6
Bronze 1
Total 10


Aleksandr Dityatin set an Olympic record in the gymnastics competition at Moscow by 1980, by winning a medal in all eight gymnastics events. The record is also the most medals won by any athlete at a single Olympics, since equaled by Michael Phelps in swimming in 2004. His three gold medals came in the team and individual all-around, and on the rings, to which he added four silvers and a bronze medal.

His finest performance was in the horse vault when he received the first perfect score (10) awarded to a male gymnast at the Olympics. He was equally dominant at the World Championships, winning 12 medals (seven gold, two silver, three bronze). His best year was 1979 when he was all-around champion, and won gold medals on the rings and the horse vault. Dityatin was also all-around World Cup champion in 1978 and 1979.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1976 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) URS RUS Aleksandr Dityatin
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 4
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =3 r1/1
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =11 r1/1
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =13 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =14 r1/1
Rings, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 6
1980 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) URS RUS Aleksandr Dityatin
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Rings, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

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