Yuri S. Tyukalov, two-time Olympic champion, passed away.
Today, on February 19, in the 88th year of his age, two-time Olympic champion, silver medalist of the Olympics in 1960, six-time European champion, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR (1952) and honored rowing coach, artist, architect, Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg 2002), Honorary co-chairman of the English rowing club Yuri S. Tyukalov passed away.
Tyukalov was born in 1930 in Leningrad. During the war, he passed a blockade, received a medal "For the Defense of Leningrad" at the age of 12, and was awarded with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and the Medal "For Labor Valor".
After the war, Yuri Sergeyevich went in for sports. Yury Sergeevich is a multiple champion of the USSR (1948-1962) as a member of the 'Krasnoe Znamya sports club', champion of Europe (1954, 1956-1959 and 1961) and the first Soviet Olympic champion. In 1952 he took part in the first Olympic Games in Helsinki, where he was among the first Soviet Olympic champions. He won the gold medal in a single. Another gold Tukalov won in the competition of doubles at the Olympics in Melbourne in 1956. In 1960 he won Olympic silver. In addition, Tyukalov was a six-time European champion.
After the end of sports career Tyukalov became a coach, and later - a sculptor and an architect. Yuri Sergeevich was the author of sculptures in metal related to the history of Russia and the Russian fleet.
Yuri Sergeevich was an honorary co-chairman of the English rowing club in St. Petersburg. Masters of sports and young oarsmen honor the memory of the great athlete.
The English rowing club expresses its deep condolences to all the relatives and friends of Yuri Sergeyevich. We mourn with you.