Viktor Ruban

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Viktor Ruban
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Ruban at the 2012 Olympics
Medal record
Men's Archery
Representing  Ukraine
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team
World Archery Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Ulsan Individual
World Cup Final
Silver medal – second place 2008 Lausanne Individual
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2014 Nimes Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Nimes Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Las Vegas Team
European Archery Championships
Bronze medal – third place Amsterdam 2012 Team

Viktor Hennadiyovych Ruban (Ukrainian: Віктор Геннадійович Рубан; born 24 May 1981 in Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is an Olympic gold medal winning former world number one Ukrainian archer.

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

Ruban competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in men's individual archery. He won his first match, advancing to the round of 32; he also won his second match, advancing to the round of 16. In the third match, he lost to Laurence Godfrey of Great Britain. Ruban placed 13th overall. Ruban was also a member of the bronze medal Ukrainian men's archery team at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Ruban finished his ranking round with a total of 678 points, just one point behind Juan René Serrano and equal with Mangal Singh Champia. This gave him the third seed for the final competition bracket in which he faced Maged Youssef in the first round, beating the Egyptian 111-96. In the second round Ruban was too strong for Michael Naray (115-105) and via Jacek Proć (114-108) in the third round he advanced to the quarter finals. There he had no problem beating Moriya Ryuichi 115-106. In the semi final he and his opponent Bair Badënov both came to 112 points and an extra round was needed. Here Ruban scored 20 points and Badënov 18, which brought Ruban into the final. In the final he claimed the gold by beating Park Kyung-Mo by 113-112.

Together with Markiyan Ivashko and Oleksandr Serdyuk he also took part in the team event. With the highest score from the ranking round combined with the 676 of Serdyuk and the 658 of Ivashko Ukraine were in second position after the ranking round, which gave them a straight seed into the quarter finals. With 214-211 they were too strong for the Chinese Taipei team, but in the semi final they were eliminated by Italy 223-221. In the challenge for the bronze medal China was too strong with 222-219.

Individual performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 SR
World Archery tournaments
Olympic Games 3R W QF 2R 1/4
World Championships 2R 1R QF 3R 3rd 4R 3R 4R 0/6
World Cup
Stage 1 1R 1R 3rd 2R 4R 2R 0/6
Stage 2 1R 1R QF 3R 3R 4R QF 4R 4R 0/9
Stage 3 1R 3R 1R 3R 1R 3R 0/6
Stage 4 W 1R QF 3R 2R 1/5
End of year world ranking 32 22 16 9 17 37 81 2 1 10 9 14 20 46 33


  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Viktor Ruban". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  • Official results for Archery at the 2004 Summer Olympics at the Wayback Machine (archived 2006-02-18)

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