Aleksandr Safronov

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAleksandr Aleksandrovich•Safronov
Used nameAleksandr•Safronov
Original nameАлександр Александрович•Сафронов
Born12 November 1952 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Died21 July 1989 in St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg (RUS)
Measurements172 cm
AffiliationsTrud Leningrad, St. Petersburg (RUS)
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Russian Federation


Aleksandr Safronov, from Leningrad (St. Petersburg), broke the 1,000 m World Record in early April 1974. The following year, he won the World Sprint Championships, thanks to two wins in the 1,000. He therefore was among the favorites for the first Olympic 1,000 m in 1976, but suffered from the poor ice conditions and placed only fourth, 0.27 seconds behind his compatriot Valery Muratov in bronze position. It was his last major international appearance. Safronov twice placed second in the Soviet Sprint Championships, while winning the 1,500 m title in 1977.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.42 (1975); 1000 – 1:15.01 (1976); 1500 – 1:56.62 (1977); 5000 – 7:54.22 (1973).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) URS RUS Aleksandr Safronov
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4

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