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Aleksey Vakhonin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAleksey Ivanovich•Vakhonin
Used nameAleksey•Vakhonin
Original nameАлексей Иванович•Вахонин
Born10 March 1935 in Gavrilovka, Kemerovo (RUS)
Died1 September 1993 in Shakhty, Rostov (RUS)
Measurements156 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsTrud Shakhty, Shakhty (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Aleksey Vakhonin took up weightlifting in 1956 and rose to prominence in 1961, when he won his first of six Soviet titles as a bantamweight. During his career Vakhonin won Olympic gold in 1964, was three times World Champion (1963, 1964, 1966) and three times European Champion (1963, 1965, 1966), and took bronze at the 1968 European Championships. At the Soviet Championships Vakhonin won six gold (1961-64, 1966, 1967) and four silver (1965, 1968-70) medals. He also set six world records: five in the clean & jerk, and one in the total. After finishing his sporting career Vakhonin worked as a weightlifting coach in his home town Shakhty, Rostov. Since 1994 a memorial tournament in his honor has been held in Shakhty.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Weightlifting URS RUS Aleksey Vakhonin
Bantamweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold