Valeriy Pylypovych Borzov (Ukrainian: Валерій Пилипович Борзов; Russian: Валерий Филиппович Борзов, romanized: Valeriy 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|
|Head of State Committee of Youth, Fitness and Sport|
30 July 1990 – 6 June 1991
|Prime Minister||Vitaliy Masol|
|Preceded by||Mykhailo Baka|
|Succeeded by||himself (as minister)|
|President of NOC Ukraine|
|Succeeded by||Ivan Fedorenko|
|Minister of Youth and Sport|
6 June 1991 – 20 August 1996
|Prime Minister||Vitold Fokin|
|Preceded by||himself (as head of committee)|
|Succeeded by||himself (as head of committee)|
|Head of State Committee of Fitness and Sport|
20 August 1996 – 26 August 1997
|Prime Minister||Pavlo Lazarenko|
|Preceded by||himself (as minister)|
|Succeeded by||Suzanna Stanik|
|Born||20 October 1949|
Sambir, Lviv Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1972–1991)|
People's Movement of Ukraine (1998-2003)
|Spouse(s)||Ludmilla Tourischeva (1977)|
|Representing the Soviet Union|
|1972 Munich||100 m|
|1972 Munich||200 m|
|1972 Munich||4 × 100 m relay|
|1976 Montreal||100 m|
|1976 Montreal||4 × 100 m relay|
|1969 Athens||100 m|
|1971 Helsinki||100 m|
|1971 Helsinki||200 m|
|1974 Rome||100 m|
|1969 Athens||4 × 100 m relay|
Born in Sambor, Drogobychskaya Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union, 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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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- Voyager Golden Record – Scenes from Earth. voyager.jpl.nasa.gov
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- Elliott, Helene (4 September 2002). "Borzov Proves Himself Twice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 December 2021.
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