Yury Tyukalov

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Yury Tyukalov
Medal record
Representing  Soviet Union
Men's rowing
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1952 Helsinki Single sculls
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Double sculls
Silver medal – second place 1960 Rome Double sculls
Gold Cup Challenge
Gold medal – first place 1952 Philadelphia Single sculls

Yury Sergeyevich Tyukalov (Russian: Юрий Серге́евич Тюкалов, born 4 July 1930) was an Olympic champion rower who competed for the USSR. He was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).[1]

Tyukalov trained at VSS Trud in Leningrad. He won a gold medal in single sculls at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, beating defending Olympic champion Mervyn Wood of Australia, along with other favorites such as Teodor Kocerka of Poland, who finished third, and American John B. Kelly Jr.

Prior to the 1956 Summer Olympics, Tyukalov was beaten by the Russian prodigy Vyacheslav Ivanov, who was selected to represent the Soviet Union in the single sculls. Tyukalov then teamed with Aleksandr Berkutov to race the double sculls.

At the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Tyukalov and Berkutov won the gold medal, beating the United States and Australia. At the 1960 games in Rome, Tyukalov and Berkutov won the silver.[1] In 1968 Tyukalov was a coach of the USSR Olympic rowing team.

Tyukalov was awarded Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1957). He was also a notable sculptor.


  1. ^ a b "Yury Tyukalov". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 

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