Boris Shakhlin

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Boris Shakhlin
— Gymnast —
Boris Shakhlin 1966.jpg
Boris Shakhlin in 1966
Personal information
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1932-01-27)27 January 1932
Ishim, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 30 May 2008(2008-05-30) (aged 76)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international
Club Burevestnik
Retired 1966

Boris Anfiyanovich Shakhlin (Russian: Борис Анфиянович Шахлин) (27 January 1932 – 30 May 2008) was a Soviet gymnast who was the 1960 Olympic all-around champion and the 1958 all-around World Champion. He won total of 13 medals including seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics, and was the most successful athlete at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He held the record for most Olympic medals by a male athlete record until gymnast Nikolai Andrianov won his 14th and 15th medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also won a 14 medals at the World Championships.[1]

Career[edit]

Shakhlin was born in Ishim, Russian SFSR. He began gymnastics at the age of 12. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, he "set a career record of 10 individual titles in the world championships and also won gold medals at three successive Olympic Games. His tally of seven gold, four silver, and two bronze Olympic medals placed him among the most-decorated at the Games".[2]

Shakhlin retired from competition at the age of 35 after suffering a heart attack. He joined the FIG Men's Technical Committee in 1968 and continued to work on the Committee until 1992. In the 1990s and 2000s (decade), he worked as a lecturer at the University of Kiev.[3]

He was awarded the Red Banner of Labor in 1956 and the Order of Lenin in 1960. He was named an honorary citizen both in his birth town Ishim and in Kiyv where lived for many years.[1] In 2002, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[3][4]

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Records
Preceded by
Italy Edoardo Mangiarotti
Most career Olympic medals by a man
1964 – 1980
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Nikolai Andrianov
Preceded by
Japan Takashi Ono