Yakov Tolstikov

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Yakov Tolstikov (born 20 May 1959 in Prokopyevsk) is a former Russian distance runner. Tolstivov rose to worldwide prominence following his surprise upset of favorite Gelindo Bordin in the 1991 London Marathon.[1] The next year, he competed in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, coming in a distant and disappointing 22nd.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 11th Marathon 2:16:55
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia Marathon DNF
1991 London Marathon London, UK 1st Marathon 2:09:17
World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 22nd Marathon 2:17:04
Representing  Russia
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 20th Marathon 2:15:32


  1. ^ "Running". The Washington Post. 22 April 1991.

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