Yuriy Georgiyevich Sedykh (Russian: Ю́рий Гео́ргиевич Седы́х; 11 June 1955 – 14 September 2021) was a Russian track and field athlete who represented the Soviet Union until 1991, specialising in the hammer throw. He was a World and Olympic Champion and holds the world record with a throw of 86.74 m.
|Native name||Ю́рий Гео́ргиевич Седы́х|
|Full name||Yuriy Georgiyevich Sedykh|
|Born||11 June 1955|
Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Died||14 September 2021(aged 66)|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (243 lb)|
|Country|| Soviet Union (1976–1991) |
Ukraine (1992–1995)
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||86.74 m (1986)WR|
Sedykh began athletics in 1967, his first trainer being Vladimir Ivanovich Volovik. He trained at Burevestnik and later at the Armed Forces sports society in Kiev (Sedykh attained the rank of major in the Soviet Army). From 1972 he was coached by Anatoliy Bondarchuk, who is widely regarded as one of the best hammer coaches in the world. In 1973 he became a member of the USSR National Junior Team.
Sedykh won gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics and 1980 Summer Olympics as well as taking first at the 1986 Goodwill Games. He set a world record of 86.74 m at the 1986 European championships in Stuttgart. He won a first at the 1991 World Championships in Athletics. Only Sedykh and Sergey Litvinov have thrown over 86 meters in the history of the sport (Ivan Tsikhan's 86.73 m throw in 2005 was annulled by the IAAF in April 2014 due to doping sanctions).
Sedykh coached hammer throwers of the French team; Nicolas Figère (80.88) for instance. His compatriot and rival, Sergey Litvinov, went on to coach the Belarusians; Ivan Tikhon and his own son Sergey Lytvynov Jr..
Unlike many hammer throwers Sedykh threw off three rotations rather than four – he felt three rotations were sufficient. Sedykh often practiced with lighter and heavier hammers.
Yuriy's technique centered on 'pushing' the ball left and letting the hammer turn you, whereas Litvinov advocated uniformly accelerating the hammer.
Yuriy married former Soviet thrower Natalya Lisovskaya. Lisovskaya won the shot put gold in the 1988 Olympics and has the world record of 22,63 m. They had one daughter, Alexia, born in 1993, who won gold in the girls' hammer throw at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. Sedykh and his family moved to Paris, France, where Yuriy was engaged to teach strength and conditioning at university level. He died on 14 September 2021 at the age of 66.
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