Anatoliy Bondarchuk

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Anatoliy Bondarchuk
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Born (1940-05-31) 31 May 1940 (age 75)

Anatoliy Pavlovych Bondarchuk (Ukrainian: Анатолій Павлович Бондарчук) (born 31 May 1940 in Starokonstantinov) is a retired Soviet hammer thrower, who is regarded as the most accomplished hammer throw coach of all time. Anatoliy Bondarchuk was also a noted author having written his signature work "Transfer of Training" Volume I and II in Russian. Bondarchuk's work was made available to English speaking readers through the translation efforts of Dr. Michael Yessis.

As an athlete, Bondarchuk accumulated numerous international awards and honors throughout a long career. Beginning the hammer throw at a relatively late age, he won his first international title in 1969 with a win at the European Championships. Near the end of the season, Bondarchuk set two world records in the event.[1] The latter record of 75.48 meters was the first throw in history over 75 meters. Bondarchuk continued to remain among the world's elite for several years and won the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics while setting an Olympic Record of 75.50 meters.[2] Four years later, he earned the bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. As an athlete, Bondarchuk trained at VSS Kolos in Kiev [3] Bondarchuk was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1976) and the Order of the Badge of Honour (1972) [3]

Despite his athletic success, Bondarchuk's legacy is more pronounced in the realm of coaching. Bondarchuk began coaching while still training as an athlete and has since coached athletes to medals in five Olympic Games. Most notably he coached two-time Olympic Champion and current hammer world record holder Yuri Sedykh. Bondarchuck is currently living and coaching in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada [4] where he serves as throwing coach for the Kamloops Track & Field Club, and guided Canadian shot put record holder Dylan Armstrong to a fourth place finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. In addition to coaching Armstrong, Bondarchuk coaches a cadre of other elite hammer throwers including Canadian record holder Sultana Frizell, former Canadian record holders Jennifer Joyce (not currently) and Crystal Smith, Megann Rodhe, U.S. champion Kibwe Johnson, Caymanian record holder Michael Letterlough, Swiss champion Martin Bingisser and 2012 Canadian Olympian Justin Rodhe.


  1. ^ "Athletics - World Record progression" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 October 2006. 
  2. ^ "Athletics - Olympic Record progression" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 4 October 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Boris Khavin (1979). All about Olympic Games. (in Russian) (2nd ed. ed.). Moscow: Fizkultura i sport. p. 534. 
  4. ^ Kamloops Track And Field

Preceded by
Soviet Union Romuald Klim
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
12 October 1969 – 4 September 1971
Succeeded by
West Germany Walter Schmidt