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Vladimir Golubnichy

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameVladimir Stepanovich•Golubnichy
Used nameVladimir•Golubnichy
Original nameВладимир Степанович•Голубничий
Other namesVolodymyr Stepanovych Holubnychiy, Володимир Степанович Голубничий
Born2 June 1936 in Sumy, Sumy (UKR)
Measurements178 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsSpartak Sumy, Sumy (UKR)
NOC Soviet Union Ukraine
Nationality Ukraine

Biography

Ukrainian Volodymyr Holubnychiy was among the world’s top race walkers for nearly two decades, exclusively competing in the 20 km walk. He competed in five Olympics, winning four Olympic medals and set two 20 km walk world records. Holubnychiy took up athletics in 1953, and although he set his first 20 km walk world record in 1955 (1-30:36) and his second and last world record in 1959 (1-27:04), he was not selected to the Soviet national team until the 1960 Olympics. At the 1960 Olympics, Holubnychiy won his first Olympic title, a feat he repeated at the 1968 Olympics. Holubnychiy also won silver at the 1972 Olympics and bronze in 1964, while finishing seventh in 1976, in his last international tournament. At the European Championships, Holubnychiy won a full set of medals, gold in 1974, silver in 1966 and bronze in 1962. He was also six times Soviet champion in 20 km walk (1960, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974). After his retirement from sports, Holubnychiy worked as an athletics coach in his native Sumy, Ukraine. Since 2006, an annual 20 km walk race has been held in his honor in Sumy.

Personal Best: 20kmW – 1-23:55 (1976).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics URS UKR Vladimir Golubnichy
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics URS UKR Vladimir Golubnichy
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics URS UKR Vladimir Golubnichy
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics URS UKR Vladimir Golubnichy
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics URS UKR Vladimir Golubnichy
20 kilometres Walk, Men (Olympic) 7

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