track and field
Rurak was one of Ukraine's top track and field athletes in the 1990s, competing in two Olympiads. At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Rurak ran the lead leg for Ukraine's 4x100-meter relay team. In the final, Rurak and his teammates just missed medaling; they finished fourth with a time of 38.55 (the bronze medal-winning Brazil team ran 38.41). He also competed in the 100-meter, finishing in 10.47 in his second-round heat (he ran a 10.37 in the prelims), but did not advance to the next round.
Rurak returned to the Olympics in 2000, running in the 100-meter. In the preliminaries, he finished third in his heat with a time of 10.48 and qualified for the quarterfinals. He finished seventh in his quarterfinal heat with a time of 10.38. His wife, Yelena Rurak has also competed for Ukraine at the past two Olympiads.
One of Ukraine's top sprinters, Rurak holds his country's second fastest 100-meter time (10.03; set in 1996, it was also the second fastest European time that year). A good relay runner, he is also a member of Ukraine's three fastest 4x100-meter teams, running the lead leg for all three teams.
Since the mid-1990s, Rurak has participated at the highest levels of international competition and been successful at both the European and World Championships. At the 2000 European Indoor Championships, he finished sixth overall in the 60-meter with a personal best of 6.62 seconds.
In 2001, Rurak finished third in the 60-meter at the Russian Winter Meet with a time of 6.70 seconds. Later in the year, he competed in the World Indoor Championships and had a time of 6.83 in his preliminary heat but did not advance (he missed advancing by 0.01 seconds).
The Ukranian champion in the 100-meter in 1999 and 2000, Rurak won the title again in 2002, and added his first 200-meter title. He also competed at the 2001 Maccabiah Games in the 100-meter.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. April 9, 1974