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Hammer Throw world record holder Yuriy Sedykh passes away

The two-time Olympic champion and world record holder in hammer throw, Yuriy Sedykh, breathed his last on Tuesday following a heart attack

Yuriy Sedykh Hammer Throw Death
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Yuriy Sedykh (Source: Athletics Weekly)

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The Bridge Desk

Published: 15 Sep 2021 4:08 AM GMT

The two-time Olympic champion and world record holder in hammer throw, Yuriy Sedykh, breathed his last on Tuesday following a heart attack. He was 66-year-old.

Sedykh represented the Soviet Union during his playing days and won the gold medal at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. He then missed the 1984 Games due to the Soviet-led boycott, before clinching the silver medal in the 1988 Seoul Games and the World Championship title in the year 1991.

Yuriy Sedykh set the world record with a throw of 86.74m during the European Championships in the year 1986.

Though Yuriy Sedykh seemed to have achieved greatness on the field, he was accused of being a 'huge steroid abuser' and his performances have been attributed to the Soviet Union covering up the use of performance enhancing drug by its athletes.

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