Igor Nikulin (athlete)

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Igor Nikulin
Personal information
Native nameИгорь Юрьевич Никуԓин
Full nameIgor Yuriyevich Nikulin
BornAugust 14, 1960 (1960-08-14) (age 58)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight120 kg (265 lb)
Country Soviet Union
Event(s)Hammer throw
ClubSA St. Petersburg
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)84.48 m (1990)

Igor Yuriyevich Nikulin (Russian: Игорь Юрьевич Никулин; born August 14, 1960 in Moscow, Russian SFSR) is a former 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.

One of the most remarkable performances in all of hammer throwing is Igor Nikulin's U23 world record of 83.54 m set 1982-09-02 in Athína, which then was good enough to put him 2nd in the world through all time behind Sergey Litvinov on 83.98 m. His personal best of 84.48 m was set on July 12, 1990 in Lausanne currently putting him 7th through all time. Nikulin's father Yury finished fourth at the men's hammer throw at the 1964 Summer Olympics.


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 Olympic flag.svg 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

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