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Eduard Gushchin

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Eduard Viktorovich Gushchin (Эдуард Викторович Гущин; 27 July 1940 – 14 March 2011) was a Soviet athlete who competed mainly in the shot put. His career was highlighted by an Olympic bronze medal in 1968 and he was also a two-time national champion. He was noted for wearing dark-rimmed spectacles. Gushchin was born in Krasnoyarsk Krai, but later moved to Moscow Oblast, gaining honours as a Master of Sports of the USSR, International Class. He made his international debut for the Soviet Union in 1965 at that year's Summer Universiade and he was the bronze medallist in the shot put, an event which was won by 1964 Olympic runner-up Randy Matson. He threw 18.23 m in the qualifying rounds of the 1966 European Athletics Championships, but did not perform as well in the final, ending the competition in 12th place. The following year he competed at the 1967 European Indoor Games and claimed the silver medal with a throw of 18.96 m, losing to the reig
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