Aleksandr Kharlov

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Aleksandr Kharlov
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Born March 18, 1958 (1958-03-18) (age 58)
Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union[1]

Aleksandr Kharlov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ха́рлов; born March 18, 1958) is a retired hurdler from the Soviet Union, best known for winning the bronze medal at the inaugural 1983 World Championships in the men's 400 m hurdles.

Kharlov competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics, where he was eliminated in the semifinals of the men's 400 m hurdles.[1] He set his personal best (48.78 seconds) on June 20, 1983 at the Soviet Spartakiad, winning his only Soviet championship title;[2] as of 2015, this time remains the Uzbekistani national record.[3] Later that summer, he won gold at the Universiade in Edmonton, running 49.41 and defeating Senegal's Amadou Dia Ba by half a second.[4] At the inaugural World Championships in Helsinki in August 1983 Kharlov won the bronze medal in 49.03; running in lane one, Kharlov was among the tail-enders for much of the race but finished fast, edging out Sweden's Sven Nylander (who also started slow) by 0.03 seconds.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Aleksandr Kharlov Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Soviet Championships". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ Butler, Mark; IAAF Media & Public Relations Department (2013). IAAF Statistics Handbook Moscow 2013. International Association of Athletics Federations. 
  4. ^ "World Student Games (Men)". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ Pekola, Tapio; et al. (1983). Yleisurheilun MM-kisakirja Helsinki '83 (in Finnish). Juoksija. ISBN 951-9465-05-7. 

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