Vladimir MELANIN

Soviet Union SUN

Biathlon

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Squaw Valley 1960
  • Year of Birth
    1933
Olympic Results

Biography

Vladimir MELANIN

Vladimir Melanin was the first Soviet biathlete to win an Olympic and World Championships. He started his sporting career as a cross-country skier, but switched to biathlon while serving in the Soviet Army. As a mediocre shooter, he won most of his titles thanks to strong skiing. Melanin made his international début at the 1959 World Championships, where he won gold medals in the 20 km and relay. At the 1960 Olympics, Melanin had one of the best skiing times, but managed only fourth place because of poor shooting. Melanin missed the 1961 World Championships, but again won both the 20 km and relay at the 1962 and 1963 World Championships. At the 1964 Olympics, Melanin had a very strong skiing time, but this time he surprised everyone with clean shooting rounds to win a gold medal, nearly 3½ minutes ahead of his teammate, Aleksandr Privalov. This is still the largest victory margin in any Olympic biathlon event. Melanin made his last international appearance at the 1965 World championships, where he won a silver as a member of the Soviet relay team and was seventh in 20 km. Domestically Melanin won only two Soviet titles, in 1959 and 1966, both in the 20 km race. After his competitive career Melanin worked as a biathlon coach and managed a cross-country skiing and biathlon complex in his native Kirov Oblast. After his death in 1995 Vladimir Melanin received posthumously the International Biathlon Union Honorary Award.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

G
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Squaw Valley 1960

#4
20 kilometres
20 kilometres Biathlon