Yuriy Borzakovskiy

Yuriy Borzakovskiy

Yuriy Borzakovskiy

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Yuriy Mikhailovich Borzakovskiy (, born 12 April 1981) is a Russian middle distance athlete specializing in the 800 metres.

Early life

Borzakovskiy was born at Kratovo, in the Moscow oblast.

Athletic career

Borzakovskiy's first major international success was a victory at the 2000 European Indoor Championships when he was only 18 years old. At the 2000 Summer Olympics he reached the 800 m final, in which he made a tactical error and finished only seventh. In 2001 he won the World Indoor title over 800 m, but decided not to participate in the World Championships in Edmonton. On August 24, 2001, Borzakovskiy posted a time of 1:42.47 minutes. That currently makes him the 8th fastest man in history over that distance. In addition, Borzakovskiy was ranked No.1 in the world in that year. In 2002, Borzakovskiy ran the 400 m at the European Championships in Munich, but lost in the early stages. The following season he picked up a silver medal over 800 m at the World Championships in Paris.

Borzakovskiy's greatest achievement was his victory in the 800 m race at the Athens Olympics in 2004. By this point, he was well known for sitting back until about the last 200 metres and then using a great kick to catch up and win, reminiscent of the tactics of U.S.A's Dave Wottle. At the Olympics he employed the same strategy, using this 'late charge' to come from behind in the last 150 meters to pass Wilson Kipketer, who was leading with only 20 metres to...
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