Pyotr Grigorevich Bolotnikov ( Russian : Пётр Григорьевич Болотников) ( Zinovkino , 8 March 1930 - 20 December 2013 ) was a Russian long-distance runner who specialized in the10,000 m , he had multiple Soviet champion, Olympic champion and improved twice. world record at this distance.
Bolotnikov began at the age of 20 with athletics when he was in the Red Army had enough. He was affiliated with VSS Spartak and was trained by Grigory Nikiforov . In 1957 he became the first Soviet champion at 10,000 m by surprisingly Vladimir Carriage defeat. He participated in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne , but without success. Four years later, at the Olympics in Rome, he checked the 10,000-m race from beginning to end and beat this big favorites like the East German Hans Grodotzki and New Zealander Murray Halberg five seconds. On 5 October the same year, he improved the world record in the 10,000 m by almost 12 seconds to 28.18,8.
Two weeks before the European Championships Bolotnikov improved his own world record again with 0.6 seconds to 28.18,2. At the European Championship in 1962 in Belgrade , he made his favorite and won the 10,000 m with a big lead. In the 5,000 m, he was opposed to expecting only third.
- Olympic 10,000 m champion - 1960
- European 10,000 m champion - 1962
- Soviet champion 5000 m - 1960, 1961, 1962
- Soviet 10,000 m champion - 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964
- Soviet champion cross country running - 1958
- Soviet Master of Sports - 1959