Ardalion Ignatyev

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Ardalion Ignatyev
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1956 Melbourne 400 metres
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1954 Bern 400 metres
Silver medal – second place 1954 Bern 200 metres

Ardalion Vasilyevich Ignatyev (Russian: Ардалион Васи́льевич Игна́тьев; December 22, 1930 – September 24, 1998)[1][2] was a Soviet athlete who mainly competed in the 400 metres. He was born in the village of Novoye Toyderyakovo, Yalchiksky District, Chuvash ASSR.

He was European champion over 400 metres in 1954, when he also won a silver medal over 200 metres. He competed for the USSR in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia in the 400 metres where he won the bronze medal jointly with Finland's Voitto Hellstén.

After his career was finished, Ignatyev worked at sports school in Cheboksary as a director, and was also a lecturer at Yakovlev Chuvash State Pedagogical University from 1970-1976.[3]


Preceded by
West Germany Rudolf Harbig
European Record Holder Men's 400m
25 June 1955 - 18 September 1959
Succeeded by
West Germany Carl Kaufmann