Viktor Fedorovich Markin (Виктор Федорович Маркин) (born February 27, 1957) is a former Soviet athlete, winner of two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Born in Novosibirsk, Russia (then Soviet Union), Markin started athletics only at age 19. He remained quite unknown until the Moscow Olympic Games.
On April 27, 1980, in Sochi, Markin had ran his personal best 46.96. Just before the Games Markin runs 45.34. In the Olympic final, Markin was only fifth on a half distance and in the beginning of the finishing straight line he was still three metres behind of the leader East German Frank Schaffer. But with a very strong finish Markin won with a European record and world season best 44.60 (still a Russian national record in 400 m.). Markin captured his second gold in the 4 × 400 m. relay when, as an anchor, outran the East German Volker Beck.
After a break from sports to complete his studies in medicine, Markin returned at the European Championships in 1982, where he won two bronze medals (400 m. and 4 × 400 m. relay). In the first World Championships in Helsinki Markin won a gold in 4 × 400 m. relay, but decided to retire after hearing the Soviet decision to boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics.
|Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in Men's 4x400 m relay |
|1912 United States Mel Sheppard, Edward Lindberg, Ted Meredith, Charles Reidpath |
1920 Great Britain Cecil Griffiths, Robert Lindsay, John Ainsworth-Davies, Guy Butler
1924 United States Commodore Cochran, Alan Helffrich, Oliver MacDonald, William Stevenson
1928 United States George Baird, Emerson Spencer, Frederick Alderman, Ray Barbuti
1932 United States Ivan Fuqua, Edgar Ablowich, Karl Warner, Bill Carr
1936 Great Britain Frederick Wolff, Godfrey Rampling, William Roberts, Godfrey Brown
1948 United States Arthur Harnden, Clifford Bourland, Roy Cochran, Mal Whitfield
1952 Jamaica Arthur Wint, Leslie Laing, Herb McKenley, George Rhoden
1956 United States Charlie Jenkins, Louis Jones, James Mashburn, Tom Courtney
1960 United States Jack Yerman, Earl Young, Glenn Davis, Otis Davis
1964 United States Ollan Cassell, Michael Larrabee, Ulis Williams, Henry Carr
1968 United States Vincent Matthews, Ron Freeman, Larry James, Lee Evans
1972 Kenya Charles Asati, Hezahiah Nyamau, Robert Ouko, Julius Sang
1976 United States Herman Frazier, Benjamin Brown, Fred Newhouse, Maxie Parks
1980 Soviet Union Remigijus Valiulis, Mikhail Linge, Nikolay Chernetsky, Viktor Markin
1984 United States Sunder Nix, Ray Armstead, Alonzo Babers, Antonio McKay
1988 United States Danny Everett, Steve Lewis, Kevin Robinzine, Butch Reynolds
1992 United States Andrew Valmon, Quincy Watts, Michael Johnson, Steve Lewis
1996 United States LaMont Smith, Alvin Harrison, Derek Mills, Anthuan Maybank
2000 United States Alvin Harrison, Antonio Pettigrew, Calvin Harrison, Michael Johnson
2004 United States Otis Harris, Derrick Brew, Jeremy Wariner, Darold Williamson