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Valentyn Mankin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameValentyn Hryhorovych•Mankin
Used nameValentyn•Mankin
Original nameВалентин Григорович•Манкін
Other namesValentin Grigoryevich Mankin, Валентин Григорьевич Манкин
Born19 August 1938 in Belokorovichi, Zhytomyr (UKR)
Died1 June 2014 in Viareggio, Lucca (ITA)
Measurements179 cm / 92 kg
AffiliationsVodnik Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR) / SKA Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationUKR


As of 2014, Ukrainian Valentyn Mankin is the only sailor to have won Olympic golds in three different classes. Mankin made his Olympic début at the 1968 Olympics, where he won gold in the Finn Class. At the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, Mankin competed in the Tempest Class, winning gold in 1972 with crew member Vitaliy Dyrdyra and silver in 1976 with crew member Vladyslav Akymenko. And at the 1980 Olympics, Mankin won gold in Star Class with crew member Aleksandrs Muzičenko. Besides his Olympic success, Mankin was World Champion in Tempest in 1973 with Akymenko and European Champion in Star in 1979 with Muzičenko. Mankin also won silver in Finn at the 1967 World Championships, silver in Finn at the 1965 European Championships, bronze in Tempest at the 1972 European Championships with Dyrdyra, silver in Star at the 1980 European Championships (with Muzičenko) and bronzes in Star at the 1977 European Championships (with Muzičenko) and 1981 European Championships (with Aleksandr Zõbin). Domestically, Mankin won 14 Soviet titles – in 1959, 1961-63 and 1967 in Finn Class, in 1970, 1972 and 1974-76 in Tempest Class and in 1977-81 in Star Class. After finishing his sporting career, Mankin worked as a sailing coach, first in the Soviet Union and beginning in 1988 in Italy, where he was the technical director and coach of the Italian Sailing Federation. His most famous pupils were Luca Devoti and Alessandra Sensini.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Sailing One Person Dinghy, Open Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union    
1972 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Vitaliy Dyrdyra 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union    
1976 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Vladyslav Akymenko 2 Silver Representing Soviet Union    
1980 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Aleksandrs Muzičenko 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union