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Romuald Klim

Full name: Romuald Iosifovich Klim
Original name: Ромуальд Иосифович Клим
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 227 lbs (103 kg)
Born: May 25, 1933 in Khvoyevo, Minsk Voblast, Belarus
Died: May 28, 2011 in Minsk, Minsk, Belarus
Affiliations: Krasnoye Zhnamya Vitebsk, Vitebsk (BLR) / SK VS Minsk, Minsk (BLR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Romuald Klim from Belorussia was virtually unknown before the 1963 season, but quickly established himself as one of the best hammer throwers of the World in the mid-1960s. Klim took up athletics seriously after service with the Soviet Navy in 1955, but was noticed by Soviet sports officials only in 1963, after winning bronze at the Znamensky Brothers Memorial, winning the Riga Cup and taking silver at the 1963 Soviet Championships. Klim was selected to the Soviet national team and was sent to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which was his first international. Although Klim had established himself as one of the top hammer throwers of the world at the time of 1964 Olympics, he was not considered as the main favorite for gold. After three rounds at the Olympic Games, Klim was third behind Gyula Zsivótzky of Hungary and world record holder Hal Connolly, but then threw 69.74 in the fourth round to win a surprising gold medal. After his Olympic victory, Klim established himself as the best hammer thrower in the world by winning the European Championships in 1966, the European Cup in 1965 and 1967, three Soviet Championships (1966-1968), and went to the 1968 Olympics as the clear favorite for Olympic gold. But at the Olympics, Klim was beaten by Zsivótzky, who had been his closest rival between the Olympics and whom, despite holding the world record, Klim had beaten every previous time in head-to-head competition. After the Olympics, Klim won silver at the 1969 European Championships and his fourth Soviet title in 1971. In 1969, Klim also set his only world record (74.52) and won the hammer throw at the Znamensky Brothers Memorial five times (1964, 1966, 1968-69, 1972). After finishing his sporting career in 1973, Klim became an athletics coach and referee. From 1989 until his death, Klim worked as a professor with the Belorussian Academy of Physical Culture and Sports and since 1976 a hammer throwing competition has been held in Minsk in his honor.

Personal Best: HT – 74.52 (1969).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 2 Silver OR

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 69.74
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 3 67.19
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 3 64.64 67.19
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 2 68.59 68.59
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 OR 69.74 69.74
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 68.81 69.74
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 68.17
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 3 QU/OR 67.10
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 3 OR 67.10
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 67.10
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2 OR 73.28
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2 72.24
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 2 68.96 72.24
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 OR 72.82 72.82
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 OR 73.28 73.28
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 2 71.16 73.28
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 71.64
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 12 QU 66.82
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 9 66.82
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round One 7 66.82
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 9 pass 66.82
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
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