Viktor Bryzhin

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Viktor Bryzhin
Personal information
Born (1962-08-22) August 22, 1962 (age 54)
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Country  Soviet Union
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 4 × 100m relay

Viktor Arkadyevich Bryzhin (Ukrainian: Віктор Аркадійович Бризгін, Russian: Виктор Аркадьевич Брызгин, Viktor Bryzgin; born August 22, 1962 in Voroshilovgrad[1]) is a former Soviet athlete, winner of gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay at the 1988 Summer Olympics.


Viktor Bryzhin trained at Dynamo in Voroshilovgrad. He made his debut in the international championships at the first World Championships, where he reached to the quarterfinal of 100 m and won a bronze as a member of Soviet 4 × 100 m relay team. At the 1986 European Championships, Bryzhin was last in the final of 100 m, but won the gold in 4 × 100 m.

At the 1987 World Championships, Bryzhin finished fifth in 100 m and was second in 4 × 100 m relay. At the Seoul Olympics, Bryzhin ran the opening leg in the Soviet 4 × 100 m relay team, which, in absence of United States won the gold medal. In 1988 he was awarded the title Honoured Master of Sports of the USSR.[1] Bryzhin made his last appearance in the international athletics scene at the 1991 World Championships, where he finished seventh with the Soviet 4 × 100 m relay team.

His wife Olha Bryzhina (née Vladykina) was also a notable athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. Together they have a daughter Yelizaveta Bryzhina[2][3][4] who also is a successful track and field athlete (competing for Ukraine).[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Great Russian Encyclopedia (2006), Moscow: Bol'shaya Rossiyskaya Enciklopediya Publisher, vol. 4, p. 692
  2. ^ Romanization of Russian differs from Romanization of Ukrainian
  3. ^ Russia dominates on day of upsets in Bergen - European Team Champs Day 2, International Association of Athletics Federations (June 21, 2010)
  4. ^ (in Ukrainian) Єлизавета Бризгіна: Головне — не участь, а перемога, Ukrayina Moloda (July 23, 2010)
  5. ^ Chris Tomlinson secures European long jump bronze, BBC (August 1, 2010)
  6. ^ Lewis-Francis accepts blame for 4x100m relay disaster, BBC (July 31, 2010)