Evert Stenlund, Sjilkov

Boris Sjilkov, 28 June 1927




1951 marks the beginning of the Medeo-era. The Medeo-arena, situated outside Almaty in the Kazakhstan mountains, has produced a lot of world records during the last half century. In 1952 almost unknown names like Jurij Sergejev, Nikolaj Mamonov and Valentijn Tsjajkin appeared on the world record table, and a lot of people in Westen Europe thought that it was a hoax. When in 1953 Boris Sjilkov was second after Oleg Gontjarenko in the world championship, even the most incredulous had to accept the power of Sovjet speed skating. Sjilkov was world champion and european champion 1954 and took the gold medal on 5000 meters at the 1956 olympics. His most famous achievement was his 7.45.6 in Medeo 1955, which improved the previous world record with a full 18 seconds.

Personal Records:

41.9 Medeo 30 January 1960
2.10.4 Medeo 20 January 1955
4.55.7 Kirov 26 December 1960
7.45.6 Medeo 9 January 1955
16.50.2 Medeo 20 January 1955

World Records:

7.45.6 Medeo 9 January 1955

#1 in Adelskalendern:

9 January 1955
20 January 1955 - 28 February 1959
30 January 1960 - 14 February 1960
Last modified: Feb 22 1996

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