Valeriy Borzov

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Valeriy Pylypovych Borzov
Валерій Пилипович Борзов
Secretary of Ukrainian Komsomol
In office
February 1980 – December 1986
Chancellor Volodymyr Shcherbytsky
Head of State Committee of Youth, Fitness and Sport
In office
30 July 1990 – 6 June 1991
Prime Minister Vitaliy Masol
Vitold Fokin
Preceded by  ?
Succeeded by himself (as minister)
President of NOC Ukraine
In office
1990–1998
Preceded by created
Succeeded by Ivan Fedorenko
Minister of Youth and Sport
Prime Minister Vitold Fokin
Leonid Kuchma
Vitaliy Masol
Yevhen Marchuk
Pavlo Lazarenko
Preceded by himself (as head of committee)
Succeeded by himself (as head of committee)
Head of State Committee of Fitness and Sport
Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko
Valeriy Pustovoitenko
Preceded by himself (as minister)
Succeeded by Suzanna Stanik
Personal details
Born (1949-10-20) 20 October 1949 (age 65)
Sambir, Drohobych Oblast, Soviet Union
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1972–1991)
People's Movement of Ukraine (1998)
All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (1999-2001)
SDPU(u) (2001–?)
Spouse(s) Ludmilla Tourischeva (1977)
Children Tetyana (1978)
Valeriy Borzov
Valeri Borzov.jpg
Borzov (932) during the heats of the 200 m in Munich, 1972
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold 1972 Munich 100 m
Gold 1972 Munich 200 m
Silver 1972 Munich 4×100 m relay
Bronze 1976 Montreal 100 m
Bronze 1976 Montreal 4×100 m relay
European Championships
Gold 1969 Athens 100 m
Gold 1971 Helsinki 100 m
Gold 1971 Helsinki 200 m
Gold 1974 Rome 100 m
Silver 1969 Athens 4×100 m relay

Valeriy Pylypovych Borzov (Ukrainian: Валерій Пилипович Борзов, Russian: Валерий Филиппович Борзов, Valeriy Filippovich Borzov; born 20 October 1949) is a Ukrainian former sprint athlete who competed for the Soviet Union. He is a three-time Olympian, a former president of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, and Minister for Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

In 1972 he won both the 100 and 200 metres sprint events for the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games in Munich.

Career[edit]

Born in Sambor, Drogobych Oblast, Soviet Union,[1] Borzov started his track and field career in 1968. He became a household name in the Track and Field circles after having won the sprint-double at the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki. He had already won the 100 m championship in 1969, when he equalled Armin Hary's nine year-old European record of 10.0 seconds.

At the 1972 Munich Olympics, two of the American favorites, Eddie Hart and Rey Robinson, missed the 100 m quarterfinals due to a misunderstanding about the starting time of the heats. Their times in the trials were both 9.9 with Eddie Hart just ahead. After Borzov had won the 100 m sprint with relative ease in a time of 10.14 seconds, the Americans promised they would beat Borzov in the 200 m competition.

However, with all three Americans in the final this time, Borzov won again in a great style. The picture, featuring Borzov winning the 200 m heats at the 1972 Summer Olympics was selected for the Voyager Golden Record and later launched into space aboard two Voyager spacecraft in 1977.[2] However, the Americans won the 4x100 relay with the Soviets taking second place. Hart ran the anchor leg of that relay receiving the baton four metres in front of Borzov thus denying the great Ukrainian any chance of demonstrating his superiority over his American rival.

Between the 1972 and the 1976 Olympics, Borzov spent more time on his studies and soccer. Still, this did not stop him from winning his third successive 100 m title at the European Championships in 1974. Rumours of a planned assassination attempt and his possible defection attempt surrounded his appearance at the Montreal Olympics. He finished third in the 100 m race, matching his 1972 finals time of 10.14, his fourth Olympic medal. In the 4 x 100 m relays, his team won another bronze.

A persisting injury forced Borzov to abandon his hopes to participate in his third Olympic Games. He ended his career in 1979. About that time, he married Ludmilla Tourischeva, a four-time Olympic champion in gymnastics.

Political career[edit]

From 1991 to 1998, Borzov served as the president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1994. He has also held a Youth and Sports cabinet minister position with the Government of Ukraine from 1991 till 1997.[3] From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the Ukrainian parliament.[3] First for Rukh (1998), then for the faction "Reforms Center" (1998–1999), All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" (1999–2001) and Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united) (from 2001).

Bibliography[edit]

Valeriy Borzov (1982). 10 Seconds – The Whole Life (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 

References[edit]

Please, note that even though the referenced Sports Encyclopedia states that he was born in Lviv Oblast that information is inaccurate, because it was not until 1959 when Sambir became part of Lviv Oblast.[4]

  1. ^ (Russian) Sports Encyclopedia
  2. ^ Voyager Golden Record – Scenes from Earth
  3. ^ a b Valeriy Borzov, Sport Reference
  4. ^ (Russian) Drohobych Oblast
Preceded by
introduced
President of Ukrainian NOC
1990–1998
Succeeded by
Ivan Fedorenko
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jamaica Donald Quarrie
Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
1972
Succeeded by
United States Steve Williams


Records
Preceded by
Soviet Union Vladislav Sapeya
European Record Holder Men's 100 m
18 August 1968 – 6 September 1970
Succeeded by
West Germany Gert Metz
Preceded by
European Record Holder Men's 100 m
31 August 1972 – 14 September 1979
Succeeded by
Italy Pietro Mennea
Preceded by
Switzerland Philippe Clerc
European Record Holder Men's 200 m
18 July 1971 – 16 June 1972
Succeeded by
Italy Pietro Mennea
Preceded by
Italy Pietro Mennea
European Record Holder Men's 200 m
4 September 1972 – 9 September 1979
Succeeded by
Italy Pietro Mennea