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Vyacheslav Ivanov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVyacheslav Nikolayevich•Ivanov
Used nameVyacheslav•Ivanov
Original nameВячеслав Николаевич•Иванов
Born30 July 1938 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements188 cm / 85 kg
AffiliationsKrasnoye Znamya Moskva/TsSK VMF Moskva
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Vyacheslav Ivanov was the first man to win the Olympic single sculls three times consecutively - 1956-64, a feat later matched by Finland’s Pertti Karppinen. The remainder of his career is likewise impressive as he won the first World Championship in single sculls in 1962, and he was also European champion in 1956, 1959, 1961, and 1964. Ivanov’s great rival was Australian Stuart MacKenzie. Ivanov defeated MacKenzie at the 1956 Olympics, but MacKenzie never again competed in the Olympics due to injuries. Ivanov did not fare well at other meets against the Australian as MacKenzie twice defeated him in the European Championships and Ivanov lost to MacKenzie in his only two attempts at the Diamond Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Summer Olympics Rowing URS RUS Vyacheslav Ivanov
Single Sculls, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Rowing URS RUS Vyacheslav Ivanov
Single Sculls, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1964 Summer Olympics Rowing URS RUS Vyacheslav Ivanov
Single Sculls, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold