Sergey Litvinov

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For footballer, see Sergei Aleksandrovich Litvinov.
Sergey Litvinov
Personal information
Born (1958-01-23) 23 January 1958 (age 57)

Sergey Nikolaevich Litvinov (Russian: Серге́й Николаевич Литвинов) (born 23 January 1958 in Tsukorova Balka, Krasnodar Krai) is a hammer thrower who won two Olympic medals representing USSR. Additionally, he won the World Championships twice. Litvinov trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Rostov on Don. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 he represented Russia.


Throughout his career he battled with Yuriy Sedykh. Litvinov set three world records, the last being 84,14 metres from June 1983. In 1984, however, Sedykh improved the world record to 86,34 in Cork, Ireland soon to improve it again to 86.74 metres at the 1986 European championships in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1986 Litvinov threw 86.04 metres which remained his personal best. This result puts him 3rd on the all-time performer's list, behind Sedykh and Ivan Tikhon, whom he coaches.

Litvinov finished second behind Sedykh and ahead of Jüri Tamm in the 1980 Summer Olympics. After missing 1984 Games because the Soviet boycott, he won the gold in 1988 ahead of Sedykh, Tamm finishing third yet again.

A notable memo is that Litvinov only stands 5'10. Being able to throw over 85m at 5'10 is very impressive in itself.

Sergey Lytvynov is rumored to be nominated to the 70's big hall of fame.

Litvinov's son Sergey Lytvynov Jr. is an up and coming hammer-thrower.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1980 Summer Olympics Moscow, USSR 2nd 80.64 m
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 78.66 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 82.68 m
1984 Friendship Games Moscow, Soviet Union 3rd 81.30 m
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 2nd 84.64 m
European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 2nd 85.74 m
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy 1st 83.06 m = CR
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st 84.80 m = OR
Representing  Russia
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th 78.56 m

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Soviet Union Yuriy Sedykh
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
May 24, 1980 – July 31, 1980
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Yuriy Sedykh
Preceded by
Soviet Union Yuriy Sedykh
Men's Hammer World Record Holder
June 4, 1982 – July 3, 1984
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Yuriy Sedykh