Born on September 16, 1937 in Belaya Tserkov, Ukraine.
The three-time Olympic champion. The winner of the Games of the XVIII Olympiad 1964 in Tokyo, XIX Olympiad 1968 in Mexico City and XX Olympiad 1972 in Munich .
Was awarded the titles "Merited Master of Sports", “MeritedMaster of Physical Culture”, “Merited Coach”. The laureate of the State Prize of the Republic of Belarus in Physical Culture and Sports.
Was awarded the Lenin's orders, “Red Banner of Labour” and two orders “Badge of Honour”, UNESCO Special Prize for sports nobility.