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Valentin Muratov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameValentin Ivanovich•Muratov
Used nameValentin•Muratov
Original nameВалентин Иванович •Муратов
Born30 July 1928 in Kostyukovo, Moskva Oblast (RUS)
Died6 October 2006 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
AffiliationsIskra Moskva, Moskva (RUS) / Burevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

After his father went missing in action, the young Valentin Muratov worked in a munitions factory to support his mother. He went back to school after the war, where he was introduced to gymnastics. He soon emerged as one of the top gymnasts in the Soviet Union, and between 1952 and 1956 he was one of best in the world. After winning the team all-around competition at the 1952 Olympics, he won four world titles at the 1954 World Championships (team and individual all-around, horizontal bar and floor exercise). He took home four medals from the 1956 Olympics, winning the team all-around, floor exercise, and horse vault, while placing second on the rings. He won his last international title in 1958, in the team event. Injuries then forced him to retire, but he soon returned as a coach of the national team (1960-1968), leading the Soviet team to many successes. The 1960 Olympic team included his wife, Sofiya Muratova, an eight-time Olympic medallist. They both died within a few weeks in autumn 2006.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) URS RUS Valentin Muratov
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 4
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =11
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =19
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =8
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =9
Rings, Men (Olympic) 5
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =32
1956 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) URS RUS Valentin Muratov
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 5
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =1 Gold
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =16
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =25
Rings, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =9

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