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SANAEIEV Viktor (1946) Russia / Track and field
With his three consecutive gold medals, Sanaeiev is the greatest Olympic triple jump champion of all times.This Georgian athlete was twenty-two years old when he won his first title in Mexico in 1968, before going on to repeat his performance in Munich four years later and then win a third gold medal in Montreal in 1976.In 1980 he ass, alas, only 11 cm short of winning a fourth gold medal in front of his admirers, when he was beaten by the Estonian Uudmae. An agricultural engineer, promoted to colonel in the Red Army after his triple success, did not stay on Soviet soil, emigrating to Australia.Three other athletes achieved an Olympic double in this sport before Sanaeiev: the American Prinstein, the Brazilian Da Silva and the Pole Schmidt.
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