Vladimir Kuts

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Kuts, Vladimir Petrovich


Born Feb. 7, 1927, in the village of Aleksino, Sumy Oblast; died Aug. 16, 1975, in Moscow. Soviet athlete, Honored Master of Sports (1954), coach; officer in the Soviet Army. Became a member of the CPSU in 1955.

Kuts was the first Soviet male track-and-field athlete to become an Olympic champion (in 1956 at Melbourne, in the 5,000 m run and the 10,000 m run; his times were 13 min 39.6 sec and 28 min 45.6 sec, respectively). He was the European champion in 1954 in the 5,000 m run and the nine-time Soviet champion from 1953 to 1957 for 5,000 m and 10,000 m. From 1954 to 1965 Kuts held a world record. He was awarded the Order of Lenin and medals.


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1954: Britain's Chris Chataway knocked five seconds off the world 5,000 metres record, clocking 13 minutes 51.6 seconds in beating Russian Vladimir Kuts at London's White City.
During a London vs Moscow meet in White City, he beat European champion Vladimir Kuts in the 5,000m and set a world record time of 13mins 51.6secs.
Chataway gained recognition for himself later in 1954 when, two weeks after taking 5,000 metres silver behind Vladimir Kuts at the European Championships in Berne, he beat the Russian on the way to breaking the world record for the distance.
Chataway ran to victory in a special athletics meet with Russia and beat Vladimir Kuts in the last 10 strides of the 5,000m to set a new world record.
After joining Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Lasse Viren, Miruts Yifter and Kenenisa Bekele as the only athletes to complete the 5 and 10k double in the post-war period, Farah is at the peak of his powers.
Another to receive plaudits in the UK this summer was Mo Farah who joined athletics greats such as Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Lasse Viren and Kenenisa Bekele as winner of the Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres double in London.
Le Tchecoslovaque Emil Zatopek (1952), le Sovietique Vladimir Kuts (1956), le Finlandais Lasse Viren (1972 et 1976), l'Ethiopien Miruts Yifter (1980) et Bekele (2008) ont deja reussi pareil exploit aux JO.
Just five men in Olympic history had previously taken the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the same Games - Emil Zatopek of the old Czechoslovakia in 1952, Vladimir Kuts of the USSR in 1956, Finland's Lasse Viren in 1972 and 1976, Miruts Yifter of Ethiopia in 1980 and Kenenisa Bekele, also of Ethiopia, at Beijing four years ago.
The others are Hannes Kolehmainen, one of the original flying Finns, Czech Emil Zatopek, the Soviet Vladimir Kuts, Finland's Lasse Viren - managed the double in both 1972 and 1976 - and Ethioipia's Kenenisa Bekele.
Farah's win puts him alongside greats like Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Lasse Viren and Kenenisa Bekele who have won this double.
Farah is attempting to join Hannes Kolehmainen, Emil Zatopek, Vladimir Kuts, Lasse Viren and Kenenisa Bekele in distance running's pantheon of legends.