Viktor Saneyev

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Viktor Saneyev
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold 1968 Mexico City Triple jump
Gold 1972 Munich Triple jump
Gold 1976 Montreal Triple jump
Silver 1980 Moscow Triple jump
European Championships
Gold 1969 Athens Triple jump
Gold 1974 Rome Triple jump

Viktor Saneyev (Georgian: ვიქტორ სანეევი, Russian: Виктор Данилович Санеев) (born October 3, 1945 in Sukhumi) is a retired triple jumper, who competed internationally for the USSR and won four Olympic medals; three golds (1968, 1972 and 1976) and one silver (1980). He was born in Sukhumi, Georgian SSR. He dominated the event during the late 1960s and 1970s. Saneyev trained in Sukhumi and later in Tbilisi at Dynamo.[1]


Saneyev began athletics in 1956, training in the Gantiadi boarding school, his first coach was Akop Kerselyan. Six years later Kerselyan advised him to specialize in the triple jump. In 1963 Saneyev finished third in his first All-Union competition - Schoolchildrens' Spartakiad[2] He also graduated his Physical Education studies from both the Georgian State University of Subtropical Agriculture and Tbilisi State University.[3]

The major success came in 1968, when he won at the USSR Championships and at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where on October 17 he set the World Record twice: to 17.23 m and to 17.39 m.[4] On the same date four years later Saneyev set the World Record once again, now in Sukhumi, to 17.44 m.[4] He won gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics and at the 1976 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

He also won at the 1969 European Championships, 1974 European Championships, at the 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1977 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Saneyev was the USSR Champion in 1968-71, 1973–75 and 1978.[1]

He was awarded Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1969), Order of Lenin (1972) and Order of Friendship of Peoples (1976).[1]

After retiring, Saneyev worked for four years as head jumps coach for the USSR athletics team, and just before the dissolution of the Soviet Union, had a job at his formative club, Tbilisi's Dynamo Sports Club. Seeking opportunities in Oceania, Saneyev moved to Australia with his wife and 15 year old son. With job difficulties, even working delivering pizza and having a failed bid to become a coach in New Zealand, Saneyev settled in New South Wales, becoming athletics coach and PE teacher at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill for five years. Afterwards he was offered a job as the jumping coach at the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[5][3]


E. B. Chen (1978). Viktor Saneyev. Heroes of the Olympic Games (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 


  1. ^ a b c Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed. ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 577. 
  2. ^ E. B. Chen (1978). Viktor Saneyev. Heroes of the Olympic Games (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 
  3. ^ a b Three-time WILL (Russian) Novaya Gazeta, 24 July 2006
  4. ^ a b World Record Progression - Triple Jump. IOC
  5. ^ Forrest, Brad. "Viktor Saneyev". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, 31 March 1998.

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Preceded by
Giuseppe Gentile
Nelson Prudêncio
Pedro Pérez
Men's triple jump world record holder
1968-10-17 – 1971-08-05
1972-10-17 – 1975-10-15
Succeeded by
Nelson Prudêncio
Pedro Pérez
João Carlos de Oliveira