Semyon Rzhishchin

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSemyon Ivanovich•Rzhishchin
Used nameSemyon•Rzhishchin
Original nameСемён Иванович•Ржищин
Born15 February 1933 in Troitskoye, Ryazan (RUS)
Died27 December 1986 in Dushanbe (TJK)
Measurements173 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsCSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation

Biography

Semyon Rzhishchin was the world’s top steeplechaser in the late 1950s, although he never won a major international title. A five-time Soviet steeplechase champion (1955-59), Rzhishchin won bronze at the 1960 Olympics and silver at the 1958 European Championships. Besides his five titles, Rzhishchin also won silver at the 1960 Soviet Championships and set two world records during his career – 8:39.8 during the 1956 Soviet Championships, and 8:35.6, set in 1958. After finishing his sports career, Rzhishchin worked as an athletics coach and official and died of a heart attack while officiating a local cross-country tournament in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Personal Best: 3000S – 8:35.6 (1958).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics URS RUS Semyon Rzhishchin
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 5
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics URS RUS Semyon Rzhishchin
3,000 metres Steeplechase, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze

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