Vladimir SALNIKOV

Soviet Union SUN

Swimming

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Montreal 1976
  • Year of Birth
    1960
Olympic Results

Biography

Vladimir SALNIKOV

Russian distance swimmer Vladimir Salnikov won three gold medals at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He set an Olympic record in the 400m freestyle and he helped the Soviet team gain a victory in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

14:58.27

But Salnikov's most memorable achievement came in the final of the 1,500m freestyle when he finished in a time of 14:58.27 to become the first person to break the 15-minute barrier. Vladimir missed the 1984 edition of the Games because the U.S.S.R. boycotted the Los Angeles Games. Between 1977 and 1986, however, Salnikov won 61 consecutive finals at 1,500m. Then, at the 1986 world championships, he finished only fourth, and at the 1987 European Championships, he did not even qualify for the final.

Spontaneous standing ovation

Trained by his wife, Salnikov mounted a comeback aimed at the 1988 Olympic Games. Little was expected of him, but in the 1,500m final he surged into the lead after 675m and went on to win a dramatic victory. At 28, Salnikov was the oldest Olympic swimming champion in 56 years. At 11:30 that night, after all the photographs had been taken and all the interviews and ceremonies were over, Salnikov walked into the cafeteria at the Athletes' Village to grab a late snack. There were more than 250 athletes and coaches in the room, representing a variety of nations and sports. As word spread that he had entered, the athletes and coaches spontaneously stopped eating and gave him a standing ovation.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

G
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Moscow 1980

G
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming
G
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay
4 x 200 metres Freestyle Relay Swimming
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Montreal 1976

#4 h4 r1/2
400 metres Freestyle
400 metres Freestyle Swimming
#5
1,500 metres Freestyle
1,500 metres Freestyle Swimming