Yakov Tolstikov

Yakov Grigoryevich Tolstikov (Russian: Я́ков Григо́рьевич То́лстиков; born 20 May 1959 in Prokopyevsk) is a former Russian distance runner. Tolstivov rose to worldwide prominence following his surprise upset of favorite Gelindo Bordin in the 1991 London Marathon.[1][2] He set a personal best of 2:09:17 hours at the race which went unbeaten as a Soviet record.[3] This time was the fastest by any European in the 1991 season, and the third fastest time in the worl after Kōichi Morishita and Takeyuki Nakayama of Japan.[4][5]

In international competition he represented the Unified Team at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, coming in a distant 22nd.[6] He twice ran at the World Championships in Athletics, coming eleventh in 1987 but failing to finish in 1991. He was a marathon bronze medallist at the 1986 Goodwill Games.[7]

In individual races, he won the Uzhhorod Marathon three times (1983, 1986, 1987), the 1984 Moscow International Peace Marathon, the 1995 Siberian International Marathon, and the 1990 Humarathon.[8] He was a one-time national champion, winning the marathon at the Soviet Athletics Championships in 1988.[9]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the   Soviet Union
1983 Universiade Edmonton, Canada 6th Marathon 2:22:31
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 3rd Marathon 2:16:22
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 11th Marathon 2:16:55
1988 European Marathon Cup Huy, Belgium 9th Marathon 2:14:10
1st Marathon team 31 pts
1989 World Marathon Cup Milan, Italy 4th Marathon team 6:39:18
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia Marathon DNF
1991 World Marathon Cup London, United Kingdom 8th Marathon team 6:40:09
World Championships Tokyo, Japan Marathon DNF
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 22nd Marathon 2:17:04
Representing   Russia
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 20th Marathon 2:15:32


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1983 Uzhhorod Marathon Uzhhorod, Soviet Union 1st Marathon 2:13:35
1984 Moscow Peace Marathon[nb] Moscow, Soviet Union 1st Marathon 2:10:48
1985 Soviet Championships Mogilev, Soviet Union 4th Marathon 2:13:14
1986 Uzhhorod Marathon Uzhhorod, Soviet Union 1st Marathon 2:11:43
1987 Uzhhorod Marathon Uzhhorod, Soviet Union 1st Marathon 2:11:05
Soviet Championships Mogilev, Soviet Union 7th Marathon 2:13:50
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 8th Marathon 2:12:31
1988 Soviet Championships Tallinn, Soviet Union 1st Marathon 2:14:29
Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 2nd Marathon 2:09:20
1989 Beppu-Ōita Marathon BeppuŌita, Japan 2nd Marathon 2:12:35
Milano City Marathon Milan, Italy 19th Marathon 2:15:35
1990 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:11:07
1991 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 1st Marathon 2:09:17 PB
Italian Marathon Carpi, Italy 11th Marathon 2:13:05
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 9th Marathon 2:12:07
1992 London Marathon London, United Kingdom 6th Marathon 2:10:49
Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka, Japan 6th Marathon 2:12:06
1993 Siberian International Marathon Omsk, Russia 2nd Marathon 2:13:31
1994 Vienna City Marathon Vienna, Austria 3rd Marathon 2:12:55
1995 Tokyo Marathon Tokyo, Japan 5th Marathon 2:11:34
Siberian International Marathon Omsk, Russia 1st Marathon 2:14:37
1997 Siberian International Marathon Omsk, Russia 4th Marathon 2:17:46
  • nb The Friendship Games Marathon was hosted within the Moscow International Peace Marathon in 1984 and Tolstikov was the second fastest runner there, but did not receive a Friendship Games medal as he was not entered for the team.[10]


  1. ^ "Running". The Washington Post. 22 April 1991.
  2. ^ International Marathons. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  3. ^ "Top list of the best results in the world in the history of marathon running in men". www.alltime -athletics.com. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  4. ^ World Top Perfomers. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  5. ^ European Top Performers. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  6. ^ Yakov Tolstikov. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  7. ^ Goodwill Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  8. ^ Yakov Tolstikov. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  9. ^ Yakov Tolstikov. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  10. ^ Żemantowski, Jacek (October 1984). "Moskwa '84". Lekkoatletyka 10 (84) (in Polish). p. 8.

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