Valeri BRUMEL

Soviet Union SUN

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Rome 1960
  • Year of Birth
    1942
Olympic Results

Biography

Valeri BRUMEL

Born in a far eastern Siberian village to a family of geologists, who were members of an expedition to explore the region, Valery Brumel grew up in Luhansk, Ukraine where his parents worked at a local university. Brumel took up athletics in 1954 and came to prominence in the 1960 Olympic year, when he won a silver medal behind his teammate, Robert' Shavlaq'adze. The next year, Brumel set his first world record, clearing 2.23. He took the record from John Thomas, with whom Brumel would have numerous duels, Brumel usually winning. Brumel set six world records between 1961 and 1963, jumping 2.23, 2.24 and 2.25 in 1961; 2.26 and 2.27 in 1962; and 2.28 in 1963. Brumel won the 1962 European title and crowned his career with Olympic gold in 1964, ahead of Thomas, who had become a close friend. He also won the 1961 and 1963 Universiade, was Soviet Champion in 1961-63, adding a silver at the 1964 Soviet Championships.

Brumel's career was cut short by a leg injury, which he sustained after hitting a lamp post following a fall from a motorcycle (driven by Russian champion Tamara Golikova). It was thought that his leg would need to be amputated but it was saved after numerous operations. Brumel returned to high jumping, but never managed to reach the heights he cleared before the accident, topping out at 2.09 in 1970, the last year he competed. After finishing his sports career, Brumel turned to acting and writing. He starred in such Soviet films like “Sport, Sport, Sport” (1970) and “The Right to Jump” (1971) and wrote numerous novels and plays, including the novel Don't Change Yourself (1979) which was translated into seven languages, and the plays Dr. Nazarov, Olympic Comedy, and Roar from the Crowd. He also wrote the libretto to Rauf Hacıyev's operetta Golden Caravel (Золотая каравелла).

Personal Best\: HJ – 2.28 (1963).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Tokyo 1964

G
High Jump
High Jump Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

S
High Jump
High Jump Athletics