Aleksandr Potashov

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Aleksandr Potashov (Belarusian: Аляксандар Паташоў, Russian: Александр Поташёв; born March 12, 1962 in Vitebsk, Belarusian SSR) is a retired race walker who represented the USSR and later Belarus. He won the gold medal over 50 kilometres at the 1991 World Championships. Potashov and his teammate Andrey Perlov attempted to cross the goal line simultaneously, resulting in a shared gold medal, but the officials declared Potashov the winner by 0.01 second.

Potashov finished fourth at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and was disqualified at the 1992 Olympics. His personal best time is 3:40:02, achieved in May 1990.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1987 World Race Walking Cup New York City, United States 7th 50 km
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 4th 50 km
1989 World Race Walking Cup L'Hospitalet, Spain 5th 50 km
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 50 km
Representing Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 50 km DSQ
Representing  Belarus
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 50 km DSQ