Valeriy Borzov

Valeriy Pylypovych Borzov (Ukrainian: Валерій Пилипович Борзов; Russian: Валерий Филиппович Борзов, romanizedValeriy Filippovich Borzov; born 20 October 1949) is a former Soviet sprinter. He is a two-time Olympian, a former president of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, and Minister for Youth and Sports of Ukraine.

Valeriy Pylypovych Borzov
Валерій Пилипович Борзов
2018-10-10 Victory ceremony (Gymnastics mixed multi-discipline team) at 2018 Summer Youth Olympics by Sandro Halank–026.jpg
Valeriy Borzov (right) at the 2018 Youth Olympics
Head of State Committee of Youth, Fitness and Sport
In office
30 July 1990 – 6 June 1991
Prime MinisterVitaliy Masol
Vitold Fokin
Preceded byMykhailo Baka
Succeeded byhimself (as minister)
President of NOC Ukraine
In office
Preceded bycreated
Succeeded byIvan Fedorenko
Minister of Youth and Sport
In office
6 June 1991 – 20 August 1996
Prime MinisterVitold Fokin
Leonid Kuchma
Vitaliy Masol
Yevhen Marchuk
Pavlo Lazarenko
Preceded byhimself (as head of committee)
Succeeded byhimself (as head of committee)
Head of State Committee of Fitness and Sport
In office
20 August 1996 – 26 August 1997
Prime MinisterPavlo Lazarenko
Valeriy Pustovoitenko
Preceded byhimself (as minister)
Succeeded bySuzanna Stanik
Personal details
Born (1949-10-20) 20 October 1949 (age 72)
Sambir, Lviv Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (1972–1991)
People's Movement of Ukraine (1998-2003)
SDPU(u) (2003–?)
Spouse(s)Ludmilla Tourischeva (1977)
ChildrenTetyana (1978)
Valeriy Borzov
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich 200 m
Silver medal – second place 1972 Munich 4 × 100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal 100 m
Bronze medal – third place 1976 Montreal 4 × 100 m relay
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1969 Athens 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1971 Helsinki 100 m
Gold medal – first place 1971 Helsinki 200 m
Gold medal – first place 1974 Rome 100 m
Silver medal – second place 1969 Athens 4 × 100 m relay

In 1972 he won the 100 and 200 metres sprint events at the Olympic Games in Munich.


Born in Sambor, Drogobychskaya Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union,[1] Borzov started his track and field career in 1968. He became a household name in the Track and Field circles after having won the sprint-double at the 1971 European Championships in Helsinki. He had already won the 100 m championship in 1969, when he equalled Armin Hary's nine-year-old European record of 10.0 seconds.[2]

At the 1972 Munich Olympics, two of the Americans, Eddie Hart and Rey Robinson, missed the 100 m quarterfinals due to a misunderstanding about the starting time of the heats. Coincidentally Borzov almost missed his own quarter-final as well, having fallen asleep in the stadium, his coach waking him up just as the race was about to start.[3] Borzov won the 100 m sprint with relative ease in a time of 10.14 seconds. Borzov then won the 200 m in great style. The picture, featuring Borzov winning the 200 m heats at the 1972 Summer Olympics was selected for the Voyager Golden Record and later launched into space aboard two Voyager spacecraft in 1977.[4][5] He also won silver as part of the Soviet 4 × 100 relay team, leaving Munich with three medals and the title of the fastest human in the world.

Between the 1972 and the 1976 Olympics, Borzov spent more time on his studies and soccer. Still, this did not stop him from winning his third successive 100 m title at the European Championships in 1974. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he finished third in the 100 m race behind Caribbean sprinters Hasley Crawford and Donald Quarrie, in a time of 10.14, his fourth Olympic medal. In the 4 × 100 m relay, his team won another bronze.

A persisting injury forced Borzov to abandon his hopes to participate in his third Olympic Games. He ended his career in 1979. He married Ludmilla Tourischeva, a four-time Olympic champion in gymnastics, in 1977.[6]

Political careerEdit

Borzov's political career started during the 1970s as a member of the Communist Youth League of the Ukrainian SSR. In 1980–1986 he was one of the secretaries of the Central Committee of the Komsomol of the Ukrainian SSR. From 1991 to 1998, Borzov served as the president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee. He has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1994. He has also held a Youth and Sports cabinet minister position with the Government of Ukraine from 1990 till 1997. From 1998 until 2006, he was a member of the Ukrainian parliament.[7]

Soon after being elected to the party list for People's Movement of Ukraine (Rukh) in 1998 he changed from the Rukh faction to the faction "Reforms Center" in 1998–1999. Yet after dissolution of the parliamentary faction of Hromada, in 1999 Borzov became one of the first who joined the newly created parliamentary faction Batkivshchyna (today known as All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland") in Verkhovna Rada, with which he stayed almost to the end of the third parliamentary convocation. In 2001 Borzov joined the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united). He stayed with the same party for the next elections in 2002, and eventually became a member in 2003.[8]



  • Valeriy Borzov (1982). 10 Seconds – The Whole Life (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport.


  1. ^ (in Russian) Sports Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Valeriy Borzov Wins 100m Gold - Munich 1972 Olympic Games". World News Network. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  3. ^ Owen, David (29 September 2013). "A trip down memory lane with Valeriy Borzov". Inside the Games. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  4. ^ Voyager Golden Record – Scenes from Earth.
  5. ^ "Valeriy Borzov". The International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
  6. ^ Elliott, Helene (4 September 2002). "Borzov Proves Himself Twice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Valery Borzov". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Valeriy Borzov". Memim Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 December 2021.
Preceded by
President of Ukrainian NOC
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
Succeeded by

Preceded by European Record Holder Men's 100 m
18 August 1968 – 6 September 1970
Succeeded by
Preceded by
European Record Holder Men's 100 m
31 August 1972 – 14 September 1979
Succeeded by
Preceded by European Record Holder Men's 200 m
18 July 1971 – 16 June 1972
Succeeded by
Preceded by European Record Holder Men's 200 m
4 September 1972 – 9 September 1979
Succeeded by