MOSCOW-Yuriy Sedykh was a two-time Olympic hammer throwing champion. His 1986 world record still holds, but he has passed away. He is 66 years old.
The Russian Athletics Federation said Seidh died of a heart attack early on Tuesday morning.
“Deep condolences for the loss of Yuri Sedih,” World Athletics Senior Vice President and pole vaulter Sergey Bubka wrote on Twitter. “For me, Yuri is a friend and a wise mentor.”
Sedih won gold medals at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, but missed the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics due to the boycott of the Soviet Union. He won the silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and won the world championship in 1991.
At the European Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Sedykh set a world record of 86.74 meters (approximately 284 feet), which remains unchanged to this day. At this year’s Tokyo Olympics, the 12 finalists of the Men’s Hammer were all born after Seidhe set a record.
When track and field began to realize the scale of performance-enhancing drug use, Sedich made a huge contribution.
Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, wrote in a book last year that Seidh was “a huge steroid abuser” and he benefited from the Soviet cover-up. Rodchenkov said that one of Sedykh’s samples contained so much steroid Stanozolol that it contaminated laboratory equipment.
Seideh denied taking stimulants. In an interview with the Russian newspaper “Sports Express” in 2015, Sedykh stated that athletes’ big pitches in the 1980s were due to better coaches and the Soviet Union’s intensive talent reconnaissance program.
After retirement, Seidge worked as a physical education teacher in France. He married another Soviet world record holder, shot putter Natalia Lisovskaya. Their daughter Alexia won the gold medal for France at the 2010 Youth Olympics.
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