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Viktor Danilovich Saneyev ( ) (born October 3, 1945 in Sukhumimarker) is a retired Russian triple jumper, who competed internationally for the USSRmarker and won four Olympic medals; three golds (1968, 1972 and 1976) and one silver (1980). He was born in Sukhumimarker, Georgian SSR. He dominated the event during the late 1960s and 1970s. Saneyev trained in Sukhumimarker and later in Tbilisimarker at Dynamo.

Saneyev began athletics in 1956, training in the Gantiadi boarding school, his first coach was Akop Kerselyan. Six years later Kerselyan advised him to specialize in the triple jump. In 1963 Saneyev finished third in his first All-Union competition - Schoolchildrens' Spartakiad The major success came in 1968, when he won at the USSR Championships and at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where on October 17 he set the World Record twice: to 17.23 m and to 17.39 m. On the same date four years later Saneyev set the World Record ones again, now in Sukhumimarker, to 17.44 m.. He won gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics and at the 1976 Summer Olympics and a silver at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

He also won at the 1969 European Championships, 1974 European Championships, at the 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1977 European Indoor Championships in Athletics. Saneyev was the USSR Champion in 1968-71, 1973-75 and 1978.

He was awarded Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1969), Order of Lenin (1972) and Order of Friendship of Peoples (1976).



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