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Boris Nik'it'ini

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBoris•Nik'it'ini
Used nameBoris•Nik'it'ini
Original nameბორის•ნიკიტინი
Other namesBoris Vasilyevich Nikitini, Борис Васильевич Никитин
Born5 March 1938 in Tbilisi (GEO)
Died20 October 1984 in Tbilisi (GEO)
Measurements176 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsDynamo Tbilisi, Tbilisi (GEO)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationGEO


Boris Nik’it’ini was the best Soviet middle distance freestyle swimmer at the end of the 1950s. Nik’it’ini rose into fame in 1956 when he won his first Soviet 4×100 freestyle relay title and was a member of the Soviet 4×200 relay team that set a world record of 8:24.5 just a month before the 1956 Olympics. At the Olympics itself, however, Nik’it’ini and the Soviet 4×200 freestyle relay team were less successful, finishing only in third place behind Australia (who broke the world record), and the United States, with a time 10 seconds slower than the world record they had set a month earlier. At the 1958 European Championships Nik’it’ini won gold in the 4×200 free relay and silver in the 400 freestyle. Domestically, Nik’it’ini won six Soviet titles (1956-60: 400 freestyle; 1957: 1500 freestyle) and two bronze medals at the Soviet championships (1958: 1500 freestyle; 1963: 400 IM).

Personal Bests: 200 m freestyle – 2:06.7 (1956); 400 m freestyle – 4:30.1 (1957); 800 m freestyle – 9:32.8 (1958); 1500 m freestyle – 18:25.2 (1957); 400 m individual medley – 5:07.1 (1963).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 400 metres Freestyle, Men Olympic 5 h4 r1/2 URS Boris Nik'it'ini
  4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Soviet Union 3 Bronze
1960 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men Olympic Soviet Union 8 URS Boris Nik'it'ini

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