CHAKLIN Boris (1932) Russia / Gymnastics
Somewhat overshadowed by fellow countryman and gymnast Chukarin's string of titles, Chaklin nonetheless remains one of the best gymnasts of his time, between the 1952 Helsinki games and the 1956 Melbourne games. Never really hitting the headlines, but always giving consistent performances, he worked his way up to be counted among the greatest Olympic champions of all times. He won 7 gold and 6 silver medals. Chaklin's winning streak continued with the world championships when, up to the mid-1960s, he collected no less than ten world titles.