Boris Anfiyanovich Shakhlin (Russian: Борис Анфиянович Шахлин; 27 January 1932 – 30 May 2008) was a Soviet gymnast who was the 1960 Olympic all-around champion and the 1958 all-around World Champion. He won a total of 13 medals including seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics, and was the most successful athlete at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He held the record for most Olympic medals by a male athlete record until gymnast Nikolai Andrianov won his 14th and 15th medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also won 14 medals at the World Championships.[1]

Boris Shakhlin
De Russische Boris Chaklin in aktie aan de ringen, Bestanddeelnr 919-5889.jpg
Boris Shakhlin in 1966
Personal information
Country represented Soviet Union
Born(1932-01-27)27 January 1932
Ishim, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died30 May 2008(2008-05-30) (aged 76)
Kiev, Ukraine
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics
LevelSenior international


Shakhlin was born in Ishim, Russian SFSR. He began gymnastics at the age of 12. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, he "set a career record of 10 individual titles in the world championships and also won gold medals at three successive Olympic Games. His tally of seven gold, four silver, and two bronze Olympic medals placed him among the most-decorated at the Games".[2]

Shakhlin retired from competition at the age of 35 after suffering a heart attack. He joined the FIG Men's Technical Committee in 1968 and continued to work on the Committee until 1992. In the 1990s and 2000s (decade), he worked as a lecturer at the University of Kiev.[3]

He was awarded the Red Banner of Labor in 1956 and the Order of Lenin in 1960. He was named an honorary citizen both in his birth town Ishim and in Kiyv where lived for many years.[1] In 2002, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[3][4]

He died on 30 May 2008.[5]


The Mongol Post issued a postage stamp - Boris Shakhlin (№525, 1969).

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Preceded by
  Edoardo Mangiarotti
Most career Olympic medals by a man
1964 – 1980
Succeeded by
  Nikolai Andrianov
Preceded by
  Takashi Ono