Valentin Prokopov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Non-starter
SexMale
Full nameValentin Ivanovich•Prokopov
Used nameValentin•Prokopov
Original nameВалентин Иванович•Прокопов
Born10 June 1929
AffiliationsVS Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Outside of the Soviet Union, Valentin Prokopov is probably best known as the water polo player who struck Hungarian Ervin Zádor in the infamous “blood in the water match” at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, causing Zádor to bleed profusely and symbolize the tensions between the Hungarians and the Soviet over the latter’s recent invasion of Hungary. The Hungarians went on to win the gold medal, while Prokopov and the Soviets settled for bronze. Prokopov was also a member of the 1952 Soviet Olympic water polo squad, which placed seventh, and individually he was scheduled to compete in the 1,500 metres freestyle event, although he did not start. Nationally, Prokopov was a three-time water polo champion, in 1956, 1959, and 1964.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) URS RUS Valentin Prokopov
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 7
Swimming (Aquatics) URS Valentin Prokopov
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
1956 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) URS RUS Valentin Prokopov
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) Soviet Union 3 Bronze

Special Notes