Nikolai Pankin

Nikolai Ivanovich Pankin (Russian: Николай Иванович Панкин; born 2 January 1949 – 13 October 2018) was a Russian breaststroke swimmer and swimming coach.[1] He competed at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics in the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke and 4 × 100 m medley relay. In 1968 he won a bronze medal in the 100 m and narrowly missed a bronze in the 200 m; he also swam the semifinal for the Soviet medley relay team that won a bronze medal. Pankin was less successful in 1972 and 1976, and finished close to the podium in the medley relay.[2]

Nikolai Pankin
Personal information
Born(1949-01-02)2 January 1949
Moscow, Soviet Union
Died13 October 2018(2018-10-13) (aged 69)
Murom, Russia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
ClubLokomotiv Moscow

At the 1970 and 1974 European Championships, Pankin won a medal in each of the three events he competed. His last international medal was a bronze in the 200 m breaststroke at the 1975 World Championships. During his career, Pankin set four world records, two in the 100 m (1:06.2 in 1968 and 1:05.8 in 1969) and two in the 200 m (2:26.5 and 2:25.4 in 1969). Domestically, he won 13 titles, in the 100 m (1969, 1971, 1974–75), 200 m (1969, 1971, 1972, 1974–75) and in the medley relay (1965, 1969, 1973 and 1975). He retired after the 1976 Olympics and then had a long career as a swimming coach in Moscow. His trainees included Dmitry Volkov.[2]

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