Aleksandr Petrov (basketball)

Aleksandr Pavlovich Petrov (sometimes: Alexandre) (Russian: Александр Павлович Петров; 14 May 1939 – 5 May 2001) was one of the first tall centers in Soviet basketball. Playing for the senior men's Soviet Union national basketball team, he won silver medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics and 1964 Summer Olympics,[2] a bronze medal at the 1963 FIBA World Championship, as well as four EuroBasket titles, at EuroBasket 1959, EuroBasket 1961, EuroBasket 1963, and EuroBasket 1965.[3] He was named the best center at the 1963 FIBA World Championship. After he retired from playing, he coached basketball teams in Moscow, and later in Madagascar.[4] For his achievements, he was awarded the Order of the Badge of Honour.[5]

Aleksandr Petrov
Personal information
Born14 May 1939
Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union
Died5 May 2001(2001-05-05) (aged 61)[1]
Height2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
Weight103 kg (227 lb)
ClubDynamo Moscow, Dynamo Tbilisi


  1. ^ Aleksandr Petrov's profile at (in Russian)
  2. ^ Aleksandr Petrov.
  3. ^ All time medallist (Top 10).
  4. ^ Е. А. Школьников (2003). Динамо. Энциклопедия. ОЛМА Медиа Групп. pp. 20–21. ISBN 978-5-224-04399-6.
  5. ^ ПЕТРОВ Александр Павлович (СССР) Archived 2018-04-16 at the Wayback Machine.

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