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Igor Novikov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameIgor•Novikov
Used nameIgor•Novikov
Nick/petnamesArmensky Tigr/Armenian Tiger
Original nameԻգոր•Նովիկով
Other namesIgor Aleksandrovich Novikov, Игорь Александрович Новиков
Born19 October 1929 in Drezna, Moskva Oblast (RUS)
Died30 August 2007 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Measurements183 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsDynamo Yerevan, Yerevan (ARM)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Armenia

Biography

Igor Novikov was one of the most consistent performers in the modern pentathlon. At the 1952-1964 Olympics, he finished fourth, fourth, fifth, and second in the individual event. In the team event, Novikov won two gold medals (1956 and 1964) and a silver (1960). He was heavily favored to win the individual gold medal in 1960, based on his string of individual world titles (1957-1959, and later in 1961), but he finished fifth because of difficulty in the riding sequence. Strong at all five disciplines, Novikov set a world pentathlon best for the fencing section when he won the 1957 World Championship. Besides his four individual world titles, Novikov won individual silvers in 1962 and 1965 and bronze in 1963. Novikov was also the World team champion five times (1957-1959, 1961, 1962), while taking team silvers in 1955, 1963 and 1965. Domestically, Novikov won four Soviet titles (1953, 1956, 1959, 1964). After his sporting career, Novikov became a modern pentathlon coach and sports administrator. From 1977-1991, Novikov was the president of the Soviet Modern Pentathlon Federation and from 1988 to 1992 he was the president of the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon URS ARM Igor Novikov
Individual, Men (Olympic) 4
Team, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 5
1956 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon URS ARM Igor Novikov
Individual, Men (Olympic) 4
Team, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon URS ARM Igor Novikov
Individual, Men (Olympic) 5
Team, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
1964 Summer Olympics Modern Pentathlon URS ARM Igor Novikov
Individual, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1956 Summer Olympics 27 November 1956 Modern Pentathlon Individual, Men (300 metre freestyle) Swimming 4:03.6 6

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC Nationality As
President Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne 1988—1992 URS ARM Igor Novikov

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