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Boris Shakhlin
De Russische Boris Chaklin in aktie aan de ringen, Bestanddeelnr 919-5889.jpg
Boris Shakhlin in 1966
Personal information
Country represented  Soviet Union
Born (1932-01-27)27 January 1932
Ishim, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 30 May 2008(2008-05-30) (aged 76)
Kiev, Ukraine
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Level Senior international
Club Burevestnik
Retired 1966
Medal record
Men's Artistic Gymnastics

Representing  Soviet Union

Olympic Games
Gold 1956 Melbourne Team competition
Gold 1956 Melbourne Pommel horse
Gold 1960 Rome All-around
Gold 1960 Rome Pommel horse
Gold 1960 Rome Vault
Gold 1960 Rome Parallel bars
Gold 1964 Tokyo Horizontal bar
Silver 1960 Rome Team competition
Silver 1960 Rome Rings
Silver 1964 Tokyo Team competition
Silver 1964 Tokyo All-around
Bronze 1960 Rome Horizontal bar
Bronze 1964 Tokyo Rings
World Championships
Gold 1954 Rome Team competition
Gold 1958 Moscow Team competition
Gold 1958 Moscow All-around
Gold 1958 Moscow Pommel Horse
Gold 1958 Moscow Parallel bars
Gold 1958 Moscow Horizontal bar
Silver 1954 Rome Horizontal bar
Silver 1962 Prague Team competition
Silver 1962 Prague Still rings
Silver 1962 Prague Parallel bars
Silver 1962 Prague Pommel Horse
Silver 1966 Dortmund Team competition
Bronze 1962 Prague All-around
Bronze 1962 Prague Vault
European Championships
Gold 1955 Frankfurt All-around
Gold 1955 Frankfurt Parallel bars
Gold 1955 Frankfurt Pommel horse
Gold 1955 Frankfurt Horizontal bar
Gold 1963 Belgrade Still rings
Gold 1963 Belgrade Horizontal bar
Silver 1955 Frankfurt Still rings
Silver 1963 Belgrade All-around
Silver 1963 Belgrade Parallel bars
Bronze 1963 Belgrade Pommel horse

Boris Anfiyanovich Shakhlin (Russian: Борис Анфиянович Шахлин; 27 January 1932 – 30 May 2008) was a Soviet gymnast who was the 1960 Olympic all-around champion and the 1958 all-around World Champion. He won a total of 13 medals including seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics, and was the most successful athlete at the 1960 Summer Olympics. He held the record for most Olympic medals by a male athlete record until gymnast Nikolai Andrianov won his 14th and 15th medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He also won 14 medals at the World Championships.


Shakhlin was born in Ishim, Russian SFSR. He began gymnastics at the age of 12. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, he "set a career record of 10 individual titles in the world championships and also won gold medals at three successive Olympic Games. His tally of seven gold, four silver, and two bronze Olympic medals placed him among the most-decorated at the Games".

Shakhlin retired from competition at the age of 35 after suffering a heart attack. He joined the FIG Men's Technical Committee in 1968 and continued to work on the Committee until 1992. In the 1990s and 2000s (decade), he worked as a lecturer at the University of Kiev.

He was awarded the Red Banner of Labor in 1956 and the Order of Lenin in 1960. He was named an honorary citizen both in his birth town Ishim and in Kiyv where lived for many years. In 2002, he was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

He died on 30 May 2008.


The Mongol Post issued a postage stamp - Boris Shakhlin (№525, 1969).

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