Mykola Avilov

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Mykola Avilov
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Munich Decathlon
Bronze 1976 Montreal Decathlon
Universiade
Gold 1970 Turin Decathlon

Mykola Avilov (Ukrainian: Микола Авілов, Russian: Николай Викторович Авилов, Nikolay Viktorovich Avilov; born 6 August 1948, Odessa) is a former Ukrainian Soviet decathlete.

Avilov has trained at the Odessa youth sports school #5 affiliated with the Ukrainian republican administration of the Soviet Dynamo. Since 1964 he was in the national team of the Ukrainian SSR.

He won a gold medal in the 1972 Summer Olympics decathlon with a new world record of 8454 points. He returned to win a bronze medal (8369 points) in the 1976 Summer Olympics. A near seven foot high jumper, he was one of the few great Soviet athletes of Jewish heritage.

In 1972 he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour. He is Jewish.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games: Men's Decathlon". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Segal, Erich (24 September 1972). "Munich was the last Olympiad-until the next one". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 


Records
Preceded by
United States Bill Toomey
Men's decathlon world record holder
8 September 1972 – 10 August 1975
Succeeded by
United States Bruce Jenner
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
United States Bill Toomey
World's Greatest Athlete
1972
Succeeded by
United States Bruce Jenner