Igor Nikulin (hammer thrower)

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Igor Nikulin
Personal information
Native nameИгорь Юрьевич Никуԓин
Full nameIgor Yuriyevich Nikulin
Born(1960-08-14)14 August 1960
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died7 November 2021(2021-11-07) (aged 61)
Saint Petersburg , Russia
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb)
Country Soviet Union
SportMen's Athletics
EventHammer throw
ClubSA St. Petersburg
Achievements and titles
Personal best84.48 m (1990)
Medal record
Representing  Unified Team
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1992 Barcelona Hammer
Representing  Soviet Union
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1982 Athens Hammer
Bronze medal – third place 1986 Stuttgart Hammer
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Split Hammer
Bronze medal – third place 1981 Bucharest Hammer throw
Bronze medal – third place 1985 Kobe Hammer throw

Igor Yuriyevich Nikulin (Russian: Игорь Юрьевич Никулин; 14 August 1960 – 7 November 2021) was a hammer thrower who represented the USSR, the Unified Team, and later Russia. He won the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

Nikulin's U23 world record of 83.54 m, set 2 September 1982 in Athens, put him 2nd in the world of all time behind Sergey Litvinov's 83.98 m. His personal best of 84.48 m was set on 12 July 1990 in Lausanne currently[when?] putting him 7th of all time. His father Yuriy Nikulin finished fourth at the men's hammer throw at the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Nikulin died on 7 November 2021, at the age of 61.[1]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  Soviet Union
1979 European Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 71.56 m
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 79.44 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 79.34 m
1984 Friendship Games Moscow, Soviet Union 2nd 82.56 m
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 5th 78.50 m
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 3rd 82.00 m
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 5th 80.18 m
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 3rd 82.14 m
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 3rd 80.02 m
Representing  Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd 81.38 m
IAAF World Cup Havana, Cuba 2nd 78.28 m
Representing  Russia
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 78.38 m