Volodymyr Holubnychy

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Volodymyr Holubnychy
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Competitor for the  Soviet Union
Gold 1960 Rome 20km Walk
Gold 1968 Mexico City 20km Walk
Silver 1972 Munich 20km Walk
Bronze 1964 Tokyo 20km Walk
European Championships
Gold Rome 1974 20km Walk
Silver Budapest 1966 20km Walk
Bronze Belgrade 1962 20km Walk

Volodymyr Stepanovych Holubnychy (Ukrainian: Володимир Степанович Голубничий, born 2 June 1936) is a Ukrainian race walker who competed for the Soviet Union.

He was born in Sumy. Holubnychy dominated the 20 kilometre race walk in the 1960s and 1970s, winning the total of four Olympic medals. He trained at VSS Spartak in Sumy.[1]

Holubnychy began athletics in 1953 and became a member of the USSR National Team in 1959.[2] Apart from his outstanding performance at the Olympics, he was the 1974 European Champion and the USSR Champion in 1960, 1964–65, 1968, 1972 and 1974.[1]

Holubnychy was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour in 1960, the Order of the Badge of Honor in 1969[1] and the Medal For Labour Valour in 1972.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed. ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 386. 
  2. ^ a b Panorama of the 1972 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1973. p. 109. 

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Preceded by
Josef Doležal
Leonid Spirin
Men's 20km Walk World Record Holder
23 September 1955 – 25 July 1956
15 July 1959 – 6 September 1959
Succeeded by
Josef Doležal
Anatoliy Vedyakov