Sedykh, who competed for the Soviet Union, received gold on the 1976 and 1980 Olympics and his solely world title on the age of 36 on the 1991 championships in Tokyo. His 86.74 metre throw on the 1986 European Championships remains to be a world record.
“For me, Yuriy was a friend, a wise mentor, to whom I am deeply grateful that we shared life experience and human values,” Sergei Bubka, World Athletics senior vp and pole vault nice, wrote on Twitter.
“An outstanding two-time Olympic Champion, whose fantastic World record in Hammer Throw (86.74) for 35 years is still not broken… We will always remember Yuriy.”
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