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)
Sport
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.

Career[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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)

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