A Tale of Two Simones

Simone Biles won the gymnastics all-around gold medal for the USA yesterday and Simone Manuel won a 100 metre freestyle gold medal for the USA yesterday. This was the 21st time in Olympic history that two people from the same country, with the same first names, won gold medals in individual events on the same day.  This is the 6th time it has been done by USA athletes. Here are the previous times it has happened. (With thanx to Michele Walker for bringing up this thought)

Name Gdr NOC Year Spt Event Date
Aleksandr Ivanitsky M URS 1964 WRE Heavy FS 14 Oct 1964
Aleksandr Medved M URS 1964 WRE Sub-Heavy FS 14 Oct 1964
Aleksandr Popov M RUS 1996 SWI 100 m free 22 Jul 1996
Aleksandr Karelin M RUS 1996 WRE Heavy GR 22 Jul 1996
Aleksandr Dityatin M URS 1980 GYM Rings 25 Jul 1980
Aleksandr Tkachov M URS 1980 GYM Parallel Bars 25 Jul 1980
Bill Smith M USA 1948 SWI 400 m free 4 Aug 1948
Bill Porter M USA 1948 ATH 110 m hurdles 4 Aug 1948
Georgi Kostadinov M BUL 1972 BOX Supra-Light 10 Sep 1972
Georgi Markov M BUL 1972 WRE Light-Middle GR 10 Sep 1972
Harry Mallin M GBR 1924 BOX Supra-Middle 20 Jul 1924
Harry Mitchell M GBR 1924 BOX Sub-Heavy 20 Jul 1924
Ioannis Frangoudis M GRE 1896 SHO Pistol 11 Apr 1896
Ioannis Malokinis M GRE 1896 SWI 100m free for sailors 11 Apr 1896
Ioannis Georgiadis M GRE 1896 FEN Sabre Individual 9 Apr 1896
Ioannis Mitropoulos M GRE 1896 GYM Rings 9 Apr 1896
Krisztián Pars M HUN 2012 ATH Hammer Throw 5 Aug 2012
Krisztián Berki M HUN 2012 GYM Pommelled Horse 5 Aug 2012
Mark Breland M USA 1984 BOX Middle 11 Aug 1984
Mark Schultz M USA 1984 WRE Supra-Middle FS 11 Aug 1984
Olga Kuzenkova F RUS 2004 ATH Hammer Throw 25 Aug 2004
Olga Slyusareva F RUS 2004 CYC Points Race 25 Aug 2004
Ralph Craig M USA 1912 ATH 200 m 11 Jul 1912
Ralph Rose M USA 1912 ATH Shot Put 2-Hands 11 Jul 1912
Shinji Morisue M JPN 1984 GYM Horizontal Bar 4 Aug 1984
Shinji Hosokawa M JPN 1984 JUD Light 4 Aug 1984
Steve Hegg M USA 1984 CYC Individual Pursuit 1 Aug 1984
Steve Fraser M USA 1984 WRE Middle-Heavy GR 1 Aug 1984
Svetlana Khorkina F RUS 1996 GYM Uneven Bars 29 Jul 1996
Svetlana Masterkova F RUS 1996 ATH 800 m 29 Jul 1996
Tom Burke M USA 1896 ATH 100 m 10 Apr 1896
Tom Curtis M USA 1896 ATH 110 m hurdles 10 Apr 1896
Valery Shary M URS 1976 WLT Supra-Middle 24 Jul 1976
Valery Rezantsev M URS 1976 WRE Middle-Heavy GR 24 Jul 1976
Viktor Kapitonov M URS 1960 CYC Road Race Individual 30 Aug 1960
Viktor Zhdanovich M URS 1960 FEN Foil Individual 30 Aug 1960
Viktor Shamburkin M URS 1960 SHO Small-Bore Rifle 3 Pos 8 Sep 1960
Viktor Bushuyev M URS 1960 WLT Sub-Middle 8 Sep 1960
Viktor Tsybulenko M URS 1960 ATH Javelin Throw 8 Sep 1960
Vladimir Engibaryan M URS 1956 BOX Sub-Middle 1 Dec 1956
Vladimir Safronov M URS 1956 BOX Sub-Light-Middle 1 Dec 1956

Note that it has never happened in the Winter Olympics – far fewer events to choose from there. Also note the 8 September 1960 occurrence, when Viktor Shamburkin, Viktor Bushuyev, and Viktor Tsybulenko all won golds for the former Soviet Union on the same day – the only time 3 different athletes with the same name pulled this off on the same day.

And you guys thought I slept at night!

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