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Nikolay Saksonov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNikolay Nikolayevich•Saksonov
Used nameNikolay•Saksonov
Original nameНиколай Николаевич•Саксонов
Born6 January 1923 in Serga, Perm Kray (RUS)
Died2 November 2011 in Elektrougli, Moskva Oblast (RUS)
Measurements60 kg
AffiliationsLokomotiv Sverdlovsk, Yekaterinburg (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation


One of the best featherweight weightlifters of the World at the start of the 1950s, Nikolay Saksonov was the closest rival to the top featherweight weightlifter of the 1950s Rapael Chimishk’iani. Saksonov defeated Chimishk’iani at the 1953 World and European Championships and the 1949, 1952 and 1953 Soviet championships, but lost to him at the 1952 Olympics, the 1952 European Championships and the 1951 and 1954 Soviet championships and had to settle for silver medals at those competitions. Saksonov also set nine world records during his career – seven in the clean and jerk, and two in the total. In 1960 Saksonov earned a Candidate of Medical Sciences degree and worked as a professor with the Moscow University of Physical Culture (now re-named the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sport and Tourism).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Weightlifting URS RUS Nikolay Saksonov
Featherweight, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1952 Summer Olympics 25 July 1952 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 332.5 WR 2
1952 Summer Olympics 25 July 1952 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 105.0 AC