Vladimir Kazantsev (athlete)

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Vladimir Kazantsev
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Personal information
Born 6 January 1923
Alekseyevka, Saratov Oblast, Russia
Died 22 November 2007 (aged 84)
Moscow, Russia
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Steeplechase, 5000 m, 10,000 m
Club Dynamo Moscow
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 3000 mS – 8:48.6 (1952)
5000 m – 14:08.8 (1952)
10,000 m – 30:20.0 (1950)[1]

Vladimir Dmitriyevich Kazantsev (Russian: Владимир Дмитриевич Казанцев, 6 January 1923 – 22 November 2007) was a Russian long-distance runner who won a silver medal in the 3000 m steeplechase at the 1952 Olympics. He set world's best times in this event in 1951 and 1952 and won the Soviet title in 1950–53. In the Olympic final he had a 20 m lead with 700 m remaining, but injured a tendon in a bad landing after a water jump, and was overtaken by Horace Ashenfelter.[2]

Ashenfelter was an FBI agent, while Kazantsev was a KGB officer who retired in the rank of lieutenant colonel. He fought as a private in the German-Soviet War at the Kalinin Front, was wounded in action in 1942, and awarded the Order of the Great Patriotic War.[3] Besides his KGB service Kazantsev taught physical education at the Soviet Police Academy and worked as an athletics coach, preparing the Soviet team to the 1964 Olympics.[2]


  1. ^ Vladimir Kazantsev. trackfield.brinkster.net
  2. ^ a b Vladimir Kazantsev. sports-reference.com
  3. ^ Владимир Дмитриевич КАЗАНЦЕВ (6.1.1923). shadrinsk.info