Vadim Devyatovskiy

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Vadim Devyatovskiy
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Vadim Devyatovskiy at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka
Personal information
Native nameВадзім Анатолевіч Дзевяоўскі
Full nameVadim Anatolyevich Devyatovskiy
Born20 March 1977 (1977-03-20) (age 46)
Navapolatsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union (today Belarus)
Height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight115 kg (254 lb)
Event(s)Hammer throw
ClubDynamo Vitebsk
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)84.90 m (2005)
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  Belarus
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Hammer
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2005 Helsinki Hammer
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Gothenburg Hammer
Gold medal – first place 2005 İzmir Hammer

Vadim Anatolyevich Devyatovskiy (Belarusian: Вадзі́м Анато́левіч Дзевято́ўскі, Vadzim Anatolyevich Dzevyatowski, Łacinka: Vadzim Anatolevič Dzieviatoŭski, Russian: Вади́м Анато́льевич Девято́вский; born 20 March 1977 in Navapołacak, Belarusian SSR, USSR) is a Belarusian hammer thrower.

He finished fourth at the 2004 Summer Olympics, and in 2005 he won the World Championships after his countryman Ivan Tsikhan was stripped of his gold medal because of doping violations. In July the same year he threw 84.90 metres, which currently is his personal best. He originally won a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but was later taken away for doping, but reinstated afterwards.[1]

Since 2008 he is a coach of Estonian hammer thrower Ellina Anissimova.[2]

On 21 August 2020, during the 2020–21 Belarusian protests against the government of Alexander Lukashenko, Devyatovskiy posted a message on his Facebook page in which he stated that "Lukashenko is not my President!!!!!" and stated that his previous support for the regime was a "delusion" and "betrayal of myself".[3][4]

Doping allegations[edit]

He was suspended from the sport for doping violations from 18 September 2000 to 17 September 2002.[5]

On 4 September 2008 it was reported that Devyatovskiy and the bronze medalist from the Olympics, fellow Belarusian Ivan Tsikhan, were under investigation by the International Olympic Committee for doping offenses. In December 2008, the IOC found him guilty of doping and took away his medal.[6] He appealed the IOC's findings to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[7]

In June 2010 CAS ruled that the Beijing National Laboratory, which carried out the tests, had violated "documentation and reporting requirements" and granted his appeal for the reinstatement of the original competition results and the metal to be returned. It said the decision "should not be interpreted as an exoneration of the athletes," and the court did not say the athletes are free of any doping suspicion. CAS said the lab had provided no "plausible explanation" for interruption of the automated testing procedure of the IRMS—isotope ratio mass spectrometry—instruments and the lab breached international standards by having the same analyst test both the "A" and "B" samples. CAS further elaborated that the departure from these international standards "justify the annulment of the tests' results for both athletes".[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Belarus
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 5th 64.70 m
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 2nd 70.88 m
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 73.34 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 7th 78.13 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 78.82 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 5th 76.54 m
2005 World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 2nd 78.98 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 80.76 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 78.67 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th 81.57 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 77.81 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 2nd 81.61 m [1]


  1. ^ a b c Engeler, Elaine (June 10, 2010). "CAS Reinstates Medals for Hammer Throwers". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Молотом по всей спортивной Европе,, 20.08.2011
  3. ^ "Вадим Девятовский: "Лукашенко не мой Президент!!!!!" |". Archived from the original on 2020-08-22.
  4. ^[user-generated source]
  5. ^ "Devyatovskiy Vadim". Retrieved 2008-09-05.
  6. ^ "Murofushi to receive hammer throw bronze after doping ruling". Japan Today. 11 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Belarusians appeal Olympic doping violations". Associated Press. January 6, 2009.

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