Pavel Kharin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePavel Petrovich•Kharin
Used namePavel•Kharin
Original nameПавел Петрович•Харин
Born8 June 1927 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
AffiliationsPishchevik Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation


After having served in the Soviet Navy during World II, including at the Siege of Leningrad, Pavel Kharin got his start in international canoeing after the conflict. Prior to taking up that sport, he had tried his hand in football, volleyball, skiing, and track and field athletics. He made his international début at the Olympics in 1952, where he finished 10th in the C-1 10000. He was much more successful four years later, however, winning the C-2 10000 and coming in second in the C-2 1000, both with Gratsian Botev. The following year he won the C-2 1000 and took silver in the C-2 10000 at the European Championships, both times with Aleksandr Silayev, as Botev had become ill and could not compete. Nationally, he won four titles across various distances between 1956 and 1960. For his achievements, he was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports in 1957 and, by career, he was a factory worker.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) URS RUS Pavel Kharin
Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
1956 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) URS RUS Pavel Kharin
Canadian Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Gratsian Botev 2 Silver
Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) URS RUS Pavel Kharin
Canadian Doubles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Gratsian Botev 1 Gold

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