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Viktor Iakovlevich Klimenko

artistic gymnast

Viktor Klimenko is a former Soviet gymnast and Olympic champion.


Klimenko, Viktor was born on February 25, 1949 in Moscow.


Graduated from the Moscow Oblast’ Pedagogical Institute, 1972.


Honoured Master of Sports (gymnastics), 1971. With the Central Sports Club of the Army. USSR champion, 1967-1972.

European champion, 1969, 1971 and 1973. Olympic champion, 1972. Overall USSR champion, 1974.

Bronze medal, 1968. Silver medal, 1972.


  • Klimenko competed for the Soviet Union at the 1968 Summer in Mexico City where he received a silver medal in team combined exercises and a bronze medal in parallel bars. He represented the Soviet Union at the 1972 Summer in Munich where he received a gold medal in pommel horse, and silver medals in vault and team combined exercises. He received a silver medal in vault and a bronze medal in pommel horse at the 1970 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Ljubljana.