Two-time hammer throw Olympic champ Sedykh dies

Two-time hammer throw Olympic champ Sedykh dies

Two-time hammer throw Olympic champion Yuriy Sedykh has died at age 66, the Russian athletics federation said on Tuesday.

The federation said in a statement that Sedykh died of a heart attack earlier in the day, naming him “one of the greatest athletes in the history of Soviet athletics.”

Sedykh won Olympic gold in 1976 and 1980, the world title in 1991 and three European titles 1978, 1982 and 1986. His winning throw of 86.74 metres from the 1986 event in Stuttgart still stands as the world record in the discipline.

Sedykh lived in a Soviet area what is now Ukraine before moving to France in the 1990s, according to the TASS news agency.

“Deeply mourn the loss of Yuriy Sedykh … An outstanding two-time Olympic Champion,” Ukraine Olympic Committee president Sergey Bubka, the former pole vault great, tweeted.