Vladimir Kotov

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Vladimir Kotov (Belarusian: Уладзімір Котаў; born February 21, 1958 in Dolzha, Vitebsk) is a Belarus-born South African long distance runner, who competed for the Soviet Union at the marathon of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. There he finished in fourth place, thirty seconds behind countryman and bronze medalist Setymkul Dzhumanazarov. Kotov has a very long career in athletics, during which he won the Eindhoven Marathon for instance, on October 13, 1991, and the Belgrade Marathon on April 22, 1995. He now lives in South Africa, where he is known for winning the Comrades Marathon three times (2000, 2002, 2004), setting the "Up Run" record in 2000. He finished 13th in the 2010 Comrades Marathon.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 4th Marathon 2:12:05
1981 Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 8th Marathon 2:12:25
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece Marathon DNF
Representing  Belarus
1991 Eindhoven Marathon Eindhoven, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:14:03
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 22nd Marathon 2:24:26
1995 Belgrade Marathon Belgrade, Yugoslavia 1st Marathon 2:14:00

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