Valeriy Brumel


Valeriy Brumel

Valeriy Brumel ( _ru. Валерий Николаевич Брумель) (May 14, 1942 in the village of Razvedki, Tynda District in Amur Oblast – January 26, 2003 in MoscowGreat Russian Encyclopedia (2006), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya Enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 4, p. 243] ) was a Soviet Olympic athlete.

Biography

Brumel began going in for sports at age 12 in Lugansk, coached by P. S. Shtein. At age 16 he cleared 2 m in the high jump. Since the age of 17 he improved skills coached by V. M. Dyachkov in Moscow. In 1960 he broke the USSR record (2.17 m) and made the Olympic Team. At the 1960 Summer Olympics he scored the same result as the winner Robert Shavlakadze, but made more attempts and won the silver. He broke the world record for high jump 6 times from 1961 to 1963 (from 2.23m to 2.28m). [cite web|title=Athletics - World Record progression|work=International Olympic Committee|url=http://www.olympic.org/common/asp/download_report.asp?file=en_report_88.pdf&id=88|accessdate=January 8|accessyear=2006] He won gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

After going undefeated during the 1965 season, Brumel injured his right leg in a motorcycle accident. Even after undergoing 29 operations, he could never get his career back on track, though he jumped 2.06 m in 1970.

Achievements

Olympic Games

*Silver medal, XVII Olympic Games, Rome (1960)
*Gold medal, XVIII Olympic Games, Tokyo (1964)

Miscellaneous

*Master of Sports of the USSR, 1961
*USSR Champion, 1961 and 1963
*European champion, 1962
*ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year, 1963

References




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