Viktor Mazanov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameViktor Georgiyevich•Mazanov
Used nameViktor•Mazanov
Original nameВиктор Георгиевич•Мазанов
Born8 March 1947 in Moskva (Moscow), Moskva (RUS)
Measurements190 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsBurevestnik Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Viktor Mazanov was the best Soviet backstroke swimmer of his era, but found his international fame mostly in freestyle relay races. Mazanov made his international début at the 1962 European Championships, where he reached the semi-finals of the 200 backstroke. Next, Mazanov competed at the 1964 Olympics, where he was sixth in the 200 backstroke. At the 1966 European Championships, Mazanov won his first international tournament medals, a gold in the medley relay and silver in the 4x100 free relay, but again missed a medal in his main event, the 200 back, placing fifth. At the 1968 Olympics, Mazanov won silver in the 4x100 free relay and repeated that feat at the 1972 Olympics, where he also won bronze in the 4x200 relay. In 1970, Mazanov won his second European title, this time in the 4x100 freestyle relay. Domestically, Mazanov won 14 Soviet titles – 100 backstroke: 1964, 1966, 1968-69; 200 backstroke in 1963-66; 4x100 free relay: 1967, 1969, 1973, 1975; and medley relay in 1963 and 1965.

Personal Best: 100 m freestyle – 52.88 (1972); 200 m freestyle – 1:56.93 (1972); 100 m backstroke – 1:00.0 (1966); 200 m backstroke – 2:11.8 (1966).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) URS RUS Viktor Mazanov
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 6
200 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 6
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 4
1968 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) URS RUS Viktor Mazanov
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
100 metres Backstroke, Men (Olympic) 12
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 3
1972 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) URS RUS Viktor Mazanov
200 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 15
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 2 Silver
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 3 Bronze

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