Yevhen Arzhanov

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Yevhen Arzhanov
Yevhen Arzhanov 1972.jpg
Personal information
Born 9 February 1948 (1948-02-09) (age 74)
Kalush, Ukraine[1]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 800 m
Club Avanhard
Dynamo Kiev[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1:45.3 (1972)

Yevhen Oleksandrovych Arzhanov (Ukrainian: Євген Олександрович Аржанов, born 9 February 1948) is a former middle-distance runner who won a silver medal in the 800 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics.[3]

Arzhanov was a keen basketball and football player, and took up athletics only in 1965, yet by 1968 he was selected for the Soviet national team.[1] At the 1968 Olympics, his first international competitions, he reached the semifinals, and next year finished fourth at the 1969 European Championships. He won gold medals at the 1970 European Indoor Championships with a time of 1:51.0, 1971 European Indoor Championships (1:48.7), 1971 European Championships (1:45.6) and 1973 Summer Universiade (1:46.9).[4]

At the 1972 Olympics Arzhanov led the final, but was narrowly overtaken in the last meters by Dave Wottle, who finished in the same time (1:45.9).[3][5]

After retiring from competitions, Arzhanov worked as athletics commentator with Ukrainian national television and radio stations. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he coached the national teams of South Korea and Vietnam.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Panorama of the 1972 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1973. p. 109.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 386.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Yevhen Arzhanov.
  4. Panorama of the 1973 Sports Year (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 1974. p. 112.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games: Men's 800 metres.