Great Olympians

Biographies - AST

Polina Astakhova

B. 1936-10-30, Donetsk, Ukraine
Gymnastics (5 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
1956 1960 1964 HP
Individual Combined 17th bronze bronze 5124
Team Combined gold gold gold 9600
Floor Exercises 13th silver silver 2006.4
Vaults 50th sixth - 160
Asymetrical Parallel Bars 9th gold gold 3240
Beam 13th - fourth 406.4
Team with Portable Apparatus bronze 640

This seemingly fragile Russian gymnast would have won even more honours if she had not been a contemporary of Larissa Latynina. At Tokyo, she finished only 0.033pt behind Latynina in an event won by Vera Caslávská (CZE). On the assymetrical bars Caslavska seemed likely to finish first but missed a pirouette off the top bar and fell, thus allowing Astakhova to take her second individual gold medal in that event.

Igor Astapkovich

Athletics (1 silver, 1 bronze)
1992 1996 2000 2004 HP
Hammer Throw silver 7th bronze 9th 11748

Arthur Astley

Olympic Competitor nr 4326

John Jacob Astor

Olympic Competitor nr 3140

Written 2002-10-27 - last modified 2011-08-14

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