Yevgeniy Ektov

From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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Yevgeniy Ektov (born 1 September 1986 in Petropavl) is a Kazakhstani track and field athlete who competes in the triple jump. He represented his country at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the World Championships in Athletics in 2009 and 2011. He was the triple jump gold medallist at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships and was runner-up at the 2010 Asian Games. Ektov has also won medals at the Asian Indoor Games and Asian Indoor Athletics Championships. His personal best for the event was 17.07 metres, set in 2008, improved to 17.22, set in 2012 (Almaty, 1 July 2012).


Ektov began his career as a junior and won the national junior indoor triple jump title in 2004. The following year he was the runner-up at the senior indoor and outdoor championships behind Roman Valiyev. The 2005 season saw him improve his best jump to 16.31 m and he also made his first major international appearance, coming seventh at the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships. He became the Kazakhstani national champion both indoor and outdoors in 2006,[1] but he was behind his rival Valiyev on the regional stage – at the 2006 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships Valiyev took gold while Ektov managed the bronze medal (his first podium finish at an Asia-level event).[2]

In the 2007 indoor season he set a personal best with a jump of 16.34 m, which brought him the bronze at the 2007 Asian Indoor Games.[3] Although he repeated as the national outdoor champion, he failed to record a mark at the Summer Universiade in Bangkok later that year. Ektov failed to make the podium at the 2008 Asian Indoor Athletics Championships (ending up fifth),[4] but achieved a significant improvement in his best on the 2008 Asian Grand Prix tour. At the meet in Korat, he won with a mark of 17.07 m, surpassing the 17-metre barrier for the first time.[5] This made him Asia's third best triple jumper that year (behind China's Li Yanxi and Wu Bo),[6] but because it was just short of the Olympic "A" standard Kazakhstan could only send one athlete to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the more experienced Valiyev got the berth.[7][8]

The 2009 season marked a career progression: Ektov won the national title with a jump of 17 metres exactly and came sixth in a high quality international field at the 2009 Summer Universiade.[9] He represented his country on the global stage for the first time at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, although he did not progress beyond the qualifying rounds.[10] While fellow countryman Valiyev won at both the 2009 Asian Indoor Games and the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships, Ektov also reached the podium at both events by taking the silver medal indoors and a bronze outdoors.[11]

He won a further national title outdoors in 2010 with a wind-assisted 16.96 m and achieved his best legal jump of the season at his most important competition of the year – his clearance of 16.86 m brought him the silver at the 2010 Asian Games behind the home favourite Li Yanxi.[1][12] The year after, Ektov claimed his first major triple jump title – beating both Li and Valiyev, he produced the third best jump of his career (16.91 m) to win the gold medal at the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships.[13]

Competition record

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2005 Asian Championships Incheon, South Korea 7th Triple jump 15.67 m
2006 Asian Indoor Championships Pattaya, Thailand 3rd Triple jump 15.93 m
2007 Universiade Bangkok, Thailand Triple jump NM
Asian Indoor Games Macau 3rd Triple jump 16.34 m
2008 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 5th Triple jump 15.98 m
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 6th Triple jump 16.73 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 35th (q) Triple jump 16.13 m
Asian Indoor Games Hanoi, Vietnam 2nd Triple jump 16.44 m
Asian Championships Guangzhou, China 3rd Triple jump 16.49 m
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 2nd Triple jump 16.86 m
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 1st Triple jump 16.91 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 3rd Triple jump 16.83 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea Triple jump NM
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 19th (q) Triple jump 16.31 m
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 3rd Triple jump 16.57 m
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 4th Triple jump 16.62 m
2016 Asian Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 4th Triple jump 15.91 m



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