Viktor Mamatov, two-time Olympic biathlon champion, dies at the age of 86

Viktor Mamatov, two-time Olympic champion and honorary vice-president of the Russian Biathlon Union, died at the age of 86, the RBU press service reports.

— At the age of 87, Viktor Mamatov, two-time Olympic champion and four-time world biathlon champion, has died. The Russian Biathlon Union expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends, the RBU statement said.

Mamatov is a double Olympic champion (1968, 1972) in the 4×7.5 km relay and a quadruple world champion (1967, 1969, 1970, 1971) in biathlon. After completing his career, the eminent athlete received the title of Honored Coach of the USSR and became an international judge. From 1989 to 1992 he headed the USSR Biathlon Federation, and from 1993 to 2002 he was the first vice-president of the International Biathlon Federation (IBU).

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