Ukrainian athlete Yury Sedykh, whose world record in hammer throw has been in effect since 1986, died today at the age of 66, the European Athletics Federation announced.
Sedykh is considered the best hammer thrower in history since precisely in 1986, in Stuttgart (Germany) and while competing under the flag of the Soviet Union, he established a mark of 86.74 meters, recalled the Italian agency ANSA.
The Ukrainian was beating the mark during 15 years of career until August 30, 1986 in Sttutgart: previously he had already won the Olympic gold in Montreal 76 and Moscow 80. Then, in the 1988 Seoul Games, he won the medal of silver.
After his retirement, Sedykh settled in France, near Paris, with his second wife, Natalya Lissovskaya, who also holds the world record in shot put at 22.63 meters.
In the recent Tokyo Games, the champion of the discipline was the Polish Wojciech Nowicki with a distance of 82.52 meters.
The Argentine hammer record, meanwhile, is held by Juan Cerra from Santa Fe, 76.42 meters since July 25, 2001.