Sergey Diomidov

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Sergey Diomidov
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Sergey Diomidov in 1966
Personal information
Born (1943-07-09) 9 July 1943 (age 74)
Turtkul, Uzbekistan
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Sport Artistic gymnastics
Club VS Toshkent

Sergey Viktorovich Diomidov (Russian: Сергей Викторович Диомидов; born 9 July 1943) is an Uzbekistani former gymnast who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics and in the 1968 Summer Olympics. He won team silver medals at both Games and a bronze on the vault in 1968.[1][2]

He invented a skill on parallel bars.[3]


Between 1961 and 1967, Diomidov trained at the Amy Forces Club in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. In 1968, he moved to Moscow where he was coached by Konstantin Karakashyants at the CSKA club. He retired in 1972[4] and holds a rank of lieutenant colonel.[5]

Gymnastics competition history[edit]

Apart from his Olympic team medals, he was part of two silver medal teams at world championships, in 1966 and 1970; at the 1966 championships, he also won the gold on parallel bars.[6] In addition, he earned several medals at USSR and European championships.[4]

Parallel bars skill[edit]

The "Diamidov" is a move on parallel bars. It consists of a swing down from handstand, through support, then releasing one hand and twisting the body a full turn, before regrasping in handstand.[7][8] It is similar to the Stutz handstand, with the difference being that the Stutz involves a half turn only, but release of both hands.[9]


  1. ^ "Sergey Diomidov". sports-reference. 
  2. ^ Van Deusen, Amy. "Men's vault (Olympic Gymnastics Medalists)". Gymnastics. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Спортсмены Узбекистана" [Sportsmen from Uzbekistan]. National Olympic Committee of Uzbekistan. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sergei Diomidov (USSR).
  5. ^ "Диамидов Сергей Викторович" [Sergei Viktorovich Diamidov]. The Contemporary Museum of Sports. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Van Deusen, Amy. "World Champions in Men's Gymnastics (Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and High Bar)". Gymnastics. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Gutman, Dan (1998) Gymnastics. Penguin Press, ISBN 1101160659.
  8. ^ Gymnastics: Glossary.
  9. ^ Sands, Bill and Conklin, Mike (1984) Everybody's Gymnastics Book, Scribner, ISBN 068418091X, p. 139: "The Diamidov begins from a stutz, which is a swing half-turn instead of a full turn. The stutz involves some flight but does not require the gymnast to swing quite as high as in the Diamidov."

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