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Vladimir Parfenovich

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVladimir Vladimirovich•Parfenovich
Used nameVladimir•Parfenovich
Original nameВладимир Владимирович•Парфенович
Born2 December 1958 in Minsk (BLR)
Measurements192 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsKrasnoye Znamya Minsk, Minsk (BLR)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationBLR

Biography

Vladimir Parfenovich from Belarus was the best sprint kayaker in the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Parfenovich won three gold medals at the 1980 Olympics (K-1 500, K-2 500 and K-2 1,000) and was nine times world champion (1979, 1981-83 in K-1 500, 1979, 1981-82 in K-2 500 and 1981-82 in K-2 1,000). He also won three silvers at the World Championships (in 1978 in K-1 500, in 1983 in K-2 500 and in 1983 in K-2 1,000 m). Parfenovich also won 17 Soviet titles and 19 Soviet cups. Parfenovich retired from sports after the Soviets had decided to boycott the 1984 Olympics.

After finishing his sporting career, Parfenovich worked as a kayaking instructor and also served in KGB and police forces. From 1995-2007 he was the president of the Belarus Canoe-Kayak Federation. In 2000, Parfenovich went into politics and was elected to the Belarus Parliament, where he joined the parliamentary group Respublika, which is actively opposed to the authoritarian rule of President Aleksandr Lukashenko. On 3 June 2004, Parfenovich and two other members of parliament started a hunger-strike, protesting that the chair of the parliament didn’t give them the floor for debate and did not put to vote their proposed amendments to the election code. The three politicians stopped the hunger strike after 18 days on 21 June, when parliament voted against their proposals. One month later on 21 July, 2004 on the 10th anniversary of Lukashenko’s term in office, Parfenovich together with his colleagues organized a peaceful street protest which was roughly dispersed by the police. Parfenovich is also a member of Belorussian Olympic Committee.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1980 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union    
  Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Olympic Serhiy Chukhrai 1 Gold
  Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Olympic Serhiy Chukhrai 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1980 Summer Olympics 30 July 1980 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Round One, Heat Two 1:44.80 1
1980 Summer Olympics 30 July 1980 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Round One, Heat Two 1:33.75 1
1980 Summer Olympics 31 July 1980 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres, Men Round One, Heat Two 3:24.61 1
1980 Summer Olympics 1 August 1980 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Singles, 500 metres, Men Semi-Finals, Heat Two 1:43.24 1
1980 Summer Olympics 1 August 1980 Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) Kayak Doubles, 500 metres, Men Final Round 1:32.38 1

Special Notes

Errata

His name is Parfenovich, not Paryonovich.