Valentyn Grigoryevich Mankin (Russian: Валентин Григорьевич Манкин; August 19, 1938 – June 1, 2014) was a Soviet/Ukrainian sailor from Kiev, three times Olympic champion for the USSR team.

Valentin Mankin
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Personal information
Born(1938-08-19)19 August 1938
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Died1 June 2014(2014-06-01) (aged 75)
Viareggio, Italy
Event(s)Finn (dinghy),
Tempest class,
Star class


Mankin was Jewish.[1] He trained at VSS Vodnik and scored his first Olympic triumph at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, when he dominated his 35 opponents in the Finn class, finishing first or second in five of the seven races to win the gold medal.

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Mankin switched classes and teamed with Vitaly Dyrdyra to win the Tempest class. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal he added a silver with a new partner, Vladyslav Akimenko. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow at the age of 41 years with Aleksandr Muzychenko, he raced in the Star class. The contest went down to the final race, but Mankin pulled off the victory and won the Gold Medal.

At the end of the eighties he moved to Livorno, Italy, as technical director and coach of the Italian Sailing Federation, where he trained a top generation of sailors. In Livorno, he also founded the Olympic Training Centre, dedicated to Beppe Croce (Olympic Sailor and President of Italian Sailing Federation).

As of 2005, Valentin Mankin remains the only sailor in Olympic history to win gold medals in three different classes. (Finn, Tempest and Star).[2]

He died on June 1, 2014, in Viareggio, Italy.

See alsoEdit


V. V. Kukushkin (1978). Valentyn Mankin. Heroes of the Olympic Games (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25.


  1. ^ "YIVO | Sport: Jews in Sport in the USSR". Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  2. ^ "È morto Valentin Mankin". Retrieved 2014-06-01.

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