Krivosheyev, Abram : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Krivosheyev, Abram

track and field

Country Represented:
Soviet Union

Years Competed:
1960, 1964

Olympic Info:
A two-time Olympian for the Soviet Union in the 1960s, Krivosheyev competed in the 800-meter run at the 1960 Rome Games. He won his preliminary heat in a time of 1:53.4. In the second-round, he finished second with a time of 1:51.2 and advanced to the semifinals. In the semifinals, Krivosheyev finished in fifth place with a time of 1:48.1, but did not advance to the final.

Krivosheyev returned to the Olympics, competing in the 800-meter at the 1964 Tokyo Games. He finished in fourth place in his preliminary heat (1:49.5) to advance to the semifinals. In the semis, he finished in sixth place in his heat with a time of 1:47.5, the fastest 800-meter run by a Jew up to that point. Had Krivosheyev been in another heat, his time would have qualified him for the final.

Career Highlights:
An outstanding middle distance runner in the 1960s, Krivosheyev held three national (Soviet Union) records in the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs. At the 1962 European Championships, Krivosheyev finished in sixth place with a time of 1:51.5 (the top six finishers were within one second of each other). A school teacher, Krivosheyev was a Merited Master of Sports of the Soviet Union.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Nov. 12, 1933

Vitebsk, Russia

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, August 27-September 9, 1960
New York Times, October 11-October 25, 1964