Sergei Popov (marathon runner)

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Sergei Popov
Sergei Popov (athlete).jpg
Personal information
Born21 September 1930
Khoronkhoy, Buryatiya, Russia[1]
Died25 June 1995 (aged 64)
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
CountrySoviet Union
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)2:15:17 (1958)[2]

Sergei Konstantinovich Popov (Russian: Сергей Константинович Попов, 21 September 1930 – 25 June 1995) was a Russian marathon runner. He won a gold medal at the 1958 European Championships setting a new world record at 2:15:17; this record stood for more than two years and remained the Soviet national record until 1970. He also set a world record in Moscow, on June 15, 1958, for 30 kilometers, running 1:32:58.8.[3] Popov won the Soviet marathon title in 1957, when he ran the world's fastest marathon of the year in 2:19:50 in Moscow,[4] 1958 and 1959, and placed second in 1962 and third in 1963.[5] In 1959, he set the course record at the Košice Peace Marathon, the third year in a row he ran the world's fastest time.[4] He finished fifth at the 1960 Summer Olympics when the winner, Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila, broke Popov's world record by less than a second.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1957 Soviet Athletics Championships Moscow, Soviet Union 1st Marathon 2:19:50.0
1958 European Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st Marathon 2:15:17.0
1959 Košice Peace Marathon Košice, Czechoslovakia 1st Marathon 2:17:45


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sergey Popov". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ Sergey Popov.
  3. ^ World's best progressions - Road. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Fastest Marathons run each year, Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, 2016. Retrieved December 30, 2017.

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Preceded by Men's Marathon World Record Holder
24 August 1958 – 10 September 1960
Succeeded by