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Sergey Litvinov

Full name: Sergey Nikolayevich Litvinov
Original name: Сергей Николаевич Литвинов
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 234 lbs (106 kg)
Born: January 23, 1958 in Tsukorova-Balka, Krasnodar Kray, Russia
Affiliations: SKA Rostov-na-Donu, Rostov-na-Donu (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Along with Yuriy Siedykh, Sergey Litvinov was the top hammer thrower of the world in the 1980s. Although relatively small for a hammer thrower (180 cm), he compensated for his lack of height with great strength, and, as of 2014, he is still the shortest athlete to have thrown the hammer over 80 metres. As a youth, Litvinov competed in wrestling and played football before taking up athletics and hammer throwing in high school.

Litvinov won the Olympic gold in 1988 and silver in 1980 and probably missed a third Olympic medal in 1984, when the Soviets boycotted the 1984 Olympics. He instead competed at the 1984 Friendship Games, winning a bronze medal. At the World Championships, Litvinov won the 1983 and 1987 titles, adding a 1986 silver and 1982 bronze at the European Championships. He was Soviet Champion in 1979 and 1983 and set three world records– 81.66 (1980), 83.98 (1982) and 84.14 (1983). Litvinov initially retired from sports after the 1988 Olympics, but made a short comeback in 1993 to compete at the 1993 World Championships. Before the championships, Litvinov threw 82.16 to win the Russian title and was considered as one of the favorites, but at the championships finished in a disappointing seventh place.

Litvinov later worked as a hammer throwing coach, first in Russia and later in Germany. His son Sergey Litvinov, Jr. became an international level hammer thrower. Sergey, Jr. held dual German-Russian citizenships, and at first competed for Germany, but later switched to Russia, and won a bronze at the 2014 European Championships.

Personal Best\: HT – 86.04 (1986).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 2 Silver
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2 80.64
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2 80.64
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 2 foul 80.64
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 2 foul 80.64
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 2 foul 80.64
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 2 foul 80.64
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP foul
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 3 QU 75.24
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One NP foul
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 3 75.24 75.24
1980 Summer 22 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 84.80
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 1 OR 84.76
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 83.82 84.76
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 83.86 84.76
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 83.98 84.76
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 OR 84.80 84.80
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 83.80
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1 QU 81.24
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group B 1 81.24
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 81.24
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 pass 81.24
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
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