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Boris

Boris SHAKHLIN

USSR
TeamUSSR
Artistic GymnasticsArtistic Gymnastics
Olympic Medals
7G
4S
2B
Games Participations3
First Olympic GamesMelbourne 1956
Year of Birth1932

Biography

Boris Shakhlin of the Soviet Union won seven gold medals in individual gymnastic events, which remains an Olympic best for men, bettered only by Vera Caslavska.

13 Olympic medals

Between 1956 and 1964, he won a total of 13 medals (seven gold, four silver, two bronze) with his strongest individual event being the pommel horse in which he won gold in 1960 and 1964. His 13 Olympic medals was a record for men until it was bettered by fellow Soviet gymnast Nikolay Andrianov.

14 World championship medals

He also won a total of 14 medals at the World Championships. Shakhlin won four individual titles at the 1958 World Championships: all-around, horizontal bar, parallel bars, and pommel horse. Unusually tall for a gymnast, his height and reach were a distinct advantage on the horizontal bar but caused him difficulty on the floor exercise.

Olympic Results

Athlete Olympic Results Content

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