Vasiliy Kaptyukh

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Vasiliy Kaptyukh
Personal information
Native name Васілъ Барысавіч Калџюх
Full name Vasiliy Borisovich Kaptyukh
Nationality Belarusian
Born June 27, 1967 (1967-06-27) (age 53)
Maladzyechna, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 120 kg (265 lb)
Country  Soviet Union (1985-1991)
 Belarus (1992-2005)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Turned pro 1985
Retired 2010
Achievements and titles
World finals
Olympic finals
Personal best(s) 67.59 m (2000)

Vasiliy Borisovich Kaptyukh (Belarusian: Васіль Барысавіч Капцюх; Russian: Василий Борисович Каптюх; born June 27, 1967 in Maladzyechna) is a Belarusian former discus thrower who won the Olympic bronze medal in 1996. He has in fact never won gold or silver medals in major competitions, and he finished fourth in major contests such as the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, despite he even setting his personal best throw at the former with 67.59 metres.

His father Boris and his aunt Vera Kaptyukh were also prominent athletes.

He made his first international appearance at the 1985 European Athletics Junior Championships, where he finished third to win the discus bronze medal.[1]

He retired from international athletics in June 2010.[2]

His son, Roman Kaptyukh, was among the victims of the 2011 Minsk Metro bombing.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1985 European Junior Championships Cottbus, East Germany 3rd 57.18 m
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 58.22 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 4th 63.72 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 5th (qualifiers) Withdrew injured
Representing  Belarus
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th 61.64 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 65.88 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th 66.30 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd 65.80 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 11th 60.12 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Fukuoka, Japan 7th 61.80 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 4th 67.59 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 6th 66.25 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 8th 61.60 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 3rd 66.51 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd 65.85 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 65.10 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th 63.03 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 9th (qualifiers) 61.04 m


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