Former Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Shakhlin dies at 76

KIEV -- Boris Shakhlin, who won a record
six individual Olympic gymnastics men's gold medals, died late
on Friday at the age of 76, the Ukrainian Olympic Committee

Shakhlin collected 13 medals for the Soviet Union at three
Olympics, including the all-around men's gold at the 1960 Rome

"This is an irreplacable loss for the world Olympic
movement... Shakhlin developed the sport on a world level and
for Ukraine," Olympic Committee president Sergei Bubka told
Reuters. "He was a legendary person and what's important is he
was able to lead a normal life after becoming an athlete."

Shakhlin, who was born in the Russian west Siberian town of
Ishim on January 27, 1932, moved to Ukraine in the early 1950s.

He is survived by his wife Larisa, a former gymnast, their
daughter and a granddaughter.