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Yuriy Siedykh

Full name: Yuriy Heorhiyovych Siedykh
Original name: Юрій Георгійович Сєдих
Other name(s): Yury Georgiyevich Sedykh, Юрий Георгиевич Седых
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 234 lbs (106 kg)
Born: May 11, 1955 in Novocherkassk, Rostov, Russia
Affiliations: Burevestnik Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR) / Avangard Kyiv, Kyiv (UKR) / CSKA Moskva, Moskva (RUS)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Husband (divorced) of Lyudmila Kondratyeva; Husband of Nataliya Lisovskaya.

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Yuriy Siedykh, who took up athletics in 1967, was the world's best hammer thrower in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Siedykh first competed internationally at the 1975 World University Games where he won a bronze medal. At the 1976 Olympics and still virtually unknown Siedykh surprised the world by winning a gold medal. In 1978, he won the European title, repeating that victory in 1982 and 1986. Siedykh went into the 1980 Olympics as the favorite for hammer gold, after having thrown two world records (80.38 and 80.64) in the spring of 1980. But he did not go to the Olympics as the record holder because Sergey Litvinov had bettered the world record of 81.66 two months before the Olympics. But in the Olympic final Siedykh threw a world record 81.80 in the first round to win his second Olympic gold. At the 1983 World Championships, Litvinov finally beat Siedykh, who had to settle for a silver medal, but the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympics probably cost Siedykh a third Olympic gold, because a month before the Olympics, Siedykh became the first hammer thrower to break the 85 m barrier, setting a world record of 86.34, more than eight metres better than the winning throw made by Juha Tiainen at the 1984 Olympics. In 1986, Siedykh won the Goodwill Games and set his last two world records (86.66 and 86.74), and the latter, as of January 2012, still stands as the world record. He missed the 1987 World Championships due to injury, but was back at the 1988 Olympics, where Litvinov again defeated him, as he had to settle for silver. In 1991 Siedykh finally won the World Championship. He was also the Soviet hammer champion in 1978-80. Siedykh retired from sports after the fall of Soviet Union and moved to Paris, and has worked as a hammer throwing coach in France and United States. Siedykh first married the sprinter Lyudmila Kondratyeva and later shot putter Nataliya Lisovskaya, with whom he has a daughter Alexia, who won the hammer throw at the 2010 Youth Olympics.

Personal Best: HT – 86.74 (1986).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 1 Gold WR
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Men's Hammer Throw Soviet Union URS 2 Silver

Men's Hammer Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 77.52
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2 OR 75.64
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 OR 77.52 77.52
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 foul 77.52
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 foul 77.52
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 75.58 77.52
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 76.40
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 2 QU 71.46
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 2 71.46
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round One 2 71.46
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 pass 71.46
1976 Summer 21 Montréal Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 WR 81.80
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 1 WR 81.80
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 1 81.46 81.80
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 1 79.68 81.80
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 1 foul 81.80
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 1 80.98 81.80
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 80.70
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1 QU/OR 78.22
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round One 1 OR 78.22
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Two 1 pass 78.22
1980 Summer 25 Moskva Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 2 83.76
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round One 2 80.96
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Two 2 83.62 83.62
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Three 2 83.44 83.62
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Four 2 83.44 83.62
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Five 2 foul 83.62
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round Round Six NP 83.76
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 3 QU 78.48
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 2 78.48
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round One 2 78.48
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 pass 78.48
1988 Summer 33 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass