Profile Yuriy Georgiyevich Sedykh, born on 11 June 1955 in Novocherkassk, Ukraine was a hammer thrower who represented the Soviet Union. Sedykh trained at Burevestnik and later at the Armed Forces sports society in Kiev.
Sedykh is generally regarded as the greatest hammer thrower of all time, having dominated the event for over 15 years from the mid-1970s until the early 1990s. During this time he set six world records, including three over the 86 metre mark. On 30 August 1986, at the European Athletics Championships in Stuttgart, Sedykh set the world record at 86.74m, a distance that still stands two decades later. The only other throwers in the history of the sport to throw over 86 metres are Ivan Tikhon and Sergei Litvinov.
Sedykh won back-to-back Olympic hammer throw titles in 1976 and 1980, adding a silver medal to his list of honours in Seoul 1988. His only world title came in Tokyo in 1991, eight years after his first World Championship medal in Helsinki, where he claimed silver. Sedykh also dominated the European championships winning three successive titles between 1978 and 1986.
In the mid-1980s Sedykh married Lyudmila Kondratyeva, the 1980 Olympic 100 metre champion. They have one daughter, but were later divorced.