Vasili Kuznetsov (athlete)

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Vasili Kuznetsov
Phil Mulkey and Vasili Kuznetsov 1960.jpg
Phil Mulkey and Vasili Kuznetsov at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Born 7 February 1932
Kalikino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia
Died 6 August 2001 (aged 69)
Moscow, Russia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Decathlon
Club Burevestnik Moscow

Vasili Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov (Russian: Василий Дмитриевич Кузнецов, 7 February 1932 – 6 August 2001) was a Russian decathlete who won the European title in 1954, 1958 and 1962. He competed for the Soviet Union at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics and won bronze medals in 1956 and 1960, placing seventh in 1964.

Kuznetsov took up athletics in the late 1940s and won a record 10 national decathlon titles in 1953-60 and 1962-63. He set two decathlon world records: in May 1958, he was the first athlete to break the 8,000 points barrier on the 1952 scoring system, with 8,014 points (7,653 (1985)) in Krasnodar. He set his second world record in May 1959 at 8,357 (7,839 (1985)). He also held three pentathlon world records at 3,736 in 1956, 3,901 in 1958, and 4,006 in 1959. Kuznetsov retired after the 1964 Olympics to become an athletics coach and lecturer at the Moscow State University. In 1987 he was included into the list of 10 all-time best decathletes by the IAAF.[1]

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  1. ^ Vasily Kuznetsov. Sports Reference.com

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Records
Preceded by
United States Rafer Johnson
Men's decathlon world record holder
18 May 1958 – 28 July 1958
Succeeded by
United States Rafer Johnson
Preceded by
United States Rafer Johnson
Men's decathlon world record holder
17 May 1959 – 9 July 1960
Succeeded by
United States Rafer Johnson