Valentyn Grigoryevich Mankin (Russian: Валентин Григорьевич Манкин; August 19, 1938 – June 1, 2014) was a Soviet/Ukrainian sailor from Kiev, three times Olympic champion for the USSR team.


Mankin was Jewish.[1] He trained at VSS Vodnik and scored his first Olympic triumph at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, when he dominated his 35 opponents in the Finn class, finishing first or second in five of the seven races to win the gold medal.

At the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Mankin switched classes and teamed with Vitaly Dyrdyra to win the Tempest class. At the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal he added a silver with a new partner, Vladyslav Akimenko. At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow at the age of 41 years with Aleksandr Muzychenko and entered the Star class. The contest went down to the final race, but Mankin pulled off the victory and won the Gold Medal.

At the end of the eighties he moved to Italy, in Livorno, as technical director and coach of Italian Sailing Federation, where he trained top generation of sailors. in Livorno also founded Olimpic Training Centre dedicated to Beppe Croce (Olympic Sailor and President of Italian Sailing Federation).

As of 2005[update], Valentyn Mankin remains the only sailor in Olympic history to win gold medals in three different classes. (Finn, Tempest and Star).[2]

He died on June 1, 2014, in Viareggio, Italy.


V. V. Kukushkin (1978). Valentyn Mankin. Heroes of the Olympic Games (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 


  1. ^ "YIVO | Sport: Jews in Sport in the USSR". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 
  2. ^ "È morto Valentin Mankin". Retrieved 2014-06-01. 

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