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Legendary Russian hamerslingeraar dies at age 60

ee58917a72bd4785582888c2b90af87c - Legendary Russian hamerslingeraar dies at age 60

The former Russian hamerslingeraar Sergey Litvinov, the olympic champion from Seoul in 1988, Monday in Sochi, after a training session, suddenly died. That makes the Russian athletics federation announced.

The 60-year-old Litvinov fell after a training down, and also the fast-arriving emergency services could the former olympic champion won’t do.

Except for his gold medal at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988 conquered Litvinov also silver eight years earlier in his own country, at the Olympics in Moscow (1980). The Games of 1984 in Los Angeles, he missed it by a collective boycott of the Sovjetatleten.

Litvinov is still the olympic record holder in the hamerslingeren, with a roll of 84,80 metres in Seoul. His son, Sergey Litvinov Jr, is also a hamerslingeraar. He was in 2015 at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Beijing fifth. Both men distanced themselves form from the beginning of the doping scandal in Russia. They criticized openly by the Russian authorities in their refusal of the system to change.

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