Mykola Awilow

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Cyrillic ( Ukrainian )
Микола Вікторович Авілов
Transl. : Mykola Viktorovyč Avilov
Transcr. : Mykola Viktorovich Avilov
Cyrillic ( Russian )
Николай Викторович Авилов
Transl .: Nikolaj Viktorovič Avilov
Transcr .: Nikolai Viktorovich Avilov
Mykola Awilow 1972

Mykola Awilow (English transcription Mykola Avilov ; born August 6, 1948 in Odessa , Ukrainian SSR ) is a former Soviet athlete and Olympic champion .


Avilov attended the Детско-юношеская спортивная школа (ДЮСШ) № 5 ( Children's and Youth Sports School No. 5) in Odessa and initially played basketball . He was noticed by talent scouts and also began athletics in sixth grade. Although a career in basketball had been predicted for him, after consulting with parents and coaches, he initially decided on the high jump , he jumped the 2 meters at the age of 16. His trainer, Vladimir Kazman , introduced him to the all- around event after showing outstanding performance in the jumping disciplines. In 1966 Awilow was the European Junior Champion in the long jump . He won his first decathlon in May 1967 in Kiev and scored 7,103 points.

Surprisingly, he qualified for the Soviet Olympic team in 1968 and took fourth place at the Olympic Games in Mexico as the youngest competitor in the decathlon, behind the winner Bill Toomey and the two Germans Hans-Joachim Walde and Kurt Bendlin . He was fourth at the European Championships in Athens in 1969 .

After an injury that he sustained at the European Championships in Helsinki in 1971 , the continuation of his career seemed endangered. Nevertheless, he became Soviet champion in 1972 and was thus qualified for the Olympic Games in Munich . In this competition 33 decathletes started. Awilow was able to prevail and won the gold medal in front of Leonid Litwinenko , who also started for the Soviet Union, and Ryszard Katus from Poland . His performance of 8454 points - it was composed of 11.00 s - 7.68 m - 14.36 m - 2.12 m - 48.45 s - 14.31 s - 46.98 m - 4.55 m - 61.66 m - 4: 22.82 min - meant world record and was only improved by Bruce Jenner in August 1975 . According to the point scoring that has been in effect since 1985, this is 8466 points and results in 55th place on the all-time world best list ( December 2010 ). Also in 1975 and 1976 he secured the Soviet championship. At his third Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976 , he won another medal when he finished third with 8,369 points behind the American Bruce Jenner and the German Guido Kratschmer . In the qualifying competition for the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow , he scored 8062 points in Moscow on June 21, 1980 (according to the new point calculation 8067) for the eleventh time over 8000 points. Since he could no longer qualify for the Olympics as fifth, he ended his career with this decathlon.

Awilow is married to the former high jumper Walentyna Kosyr . The couple have two sons who were born in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. He received the Honored Master of Sport award in 1972, and he was also awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor . He started for Dynamo Odessa . During his sporting career, he graduated from the Одесский государственный экономический университет ( Odessa State Economic University ) in 1974 as a lawyer . After his active career he became a trainer and worked in the Seychelles from 1991. He later returned to Odessa in Ukraine, where he has worked as a coach ever since.

Best performances in all-around

  • Decathlon: 8454 points, set up on September 8, 1972 in Munich ( 8466 points after the points scoring in 1985 )
  • 100 m: 10.95 s
  • Long jump: 7.68 m
  • Shot put: 14.81 m
  • High jump: 2.14 m
  • 400 m: 48.16 s
  • 110 m hurdles: 14.20 s
  • Discus throw: 48.74 m
  • Pole vault: 4.60 m
  • Javelin throw: 67.14 m
  • 1500 m: 4:22:82 min
  • Heptathlon: 5662 points, established in 1979

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Авилов Николай Викторович ( Russian ) Одесса, ODESSKIY.COM. 2003. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  2. a b Janek Salmistu: Avilov Biography ( English , PDF; 57 kB) Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  3. Decathlon All Time List ( English ) . Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  4. Георгій Мазурашу (Heorhij Masuraschu): Валентина Василівна КОЗИР (Valentina Kozyr) ( Ukrainian ) Retrieved January 24, 2011.