Yuriy Sedykh

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Yuriy Sedykh
Personal information
Native name Ю́рий Гео́ргиевич Седы́х
Nationality Russian
Born (1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 59)
Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Soviet Union
Residence Paris, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 110 kg (240 lb)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Hammer throw

Yuriy Georgiyevich Sedykh (Ukrainian: Юрій Георгійович Сєдих; Russian: Ю́рий Гео́ргиевич Седы́х) (born 11 June 1955[1]) is a retired Soviet/Ukrainian athlete who represented the Soviet Union, specialising in the hammer throw.

Biography[edit]

Sedykh began athletics in 1967, his first trainer being Vladimir Ivanovich Volovik.[2] He trained at Burevestnik and later at the Armed Forces sports society in Kiev (Sedykh attained the rank of Major in the Soviet Army). In 1973 he became a member of the USSR National Junior Team.[2] He set the current world record of 86.74 m. at the 1986 European championships in Stuttgart. Only two other throwers in the history of the sport have thrown over 86 meters; Ivan Tsikhan (who threw 86.73 m, 1 cm short of the world record) and Sergey Litvinov (who threw 86.04 m).

Unlike many hammer throwers Sedykh threw off three rotations rather than four. He felt as though three rotations were sufficient. His coach since 1972 Anatoliy Bondarchuk is widely regarded as one of the best hammer coaches in the world. Sedykh often practiced with lighter and heavy hammers. He won gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics and 1980 Summer Olympics as well as taking first at the 1986 Goodwill Games and the 1991 World Championships in Athletics.

Currently, Sedykh holds an annual hammer camp in the USA. He is currently coaching Hammer throwers of the French team; Nicolas Figére (80,88) for instance. His compatriot and rival, Sergey Litvinov, is currently coaching the Belarusians; Ivan Tikhon and his own son Sergey Lytvynov Jr.. Yuriy's technique centers on 'pushing' the ball left and letting the hammer turn you, whereas Litvinov advocates uniformly accelerating the hammer.

Personal life[edit]

Yuriy's first wife Lyudmila Kondratyeva also won gold at the 1980 Olympics, in the Women's 100 metres. They married in the mid-1980s but later divorced.[3][4] Their daughter, Oksana, born in 1985, is also a high-level Russian hammer thrower.[5][6]

Yuriy is now married to former Soviet thrower Natalya Lisovskaya, who won the shot put gold in the 1988 Olympics and has the world record of 22,63 m. They have one daughter, Alexia, born in 1993, who won gold in the girls' hammer throw at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. Sedykh and his family live in Paris, France, where Yuriy teaches strength and conditioning at university level.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khavin, Boris (1979). Всё об олимпийских играх [All About Olympic Games] (in Russian) (2nd ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 578. 
  2. ^ a b E. G. Bogatyrev (1982). Yuriy Sedykh. Heroes of the Olympic Games (in Russian). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. 
  3. ^ "Wall of Fame - Infostrada". Walloffame.infostradasports.com. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Galkina Clocks 4:03.62 In Sochi". IAAF. 
  6. ^ "Athlete profile for Oksana Kondrateva". IAAF. 

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Records
Preceded by
West Germany Karl-Hans Riehm
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
16 May 1980
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Jüri Tamm
Preceded by
Soviet Union Jüri Tamm
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
16 May 1980 – 24 May 1980
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Sergey Litvinov
Preceded by
Soviet Union Sergey Litvinov
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
31 July 1980 – 4 June 1982
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Sergey Litvinov
Preceded by
Soviet Union Sergey Litvinov
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
3 July 1984 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Morocco Saïd Aouita
Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
1986
Succeeded by
Canada Ben Johnson