Litvinov in 1980
|Native name||Сергей Николаевич Литвинов|
|Full name||Sergey Nikolaevich Litvinov|
|Born||23 January 1958|
Tsukerova Balka, Krasnodar Krai, Soviet Union
|Died||19 February 2018 60) (aged|
Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (234 lb)|
|Country|| Soviet Union (1980–1991)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||86.04 m (1986)|
Sergey Nikolaevich Litvinov (Russian : Серге́й Никола́евич Литви́нов; 23 January 1958 – 19 February 2018) was a Russian hammer thrower and athletics coach. He competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Olympics, missing the 1984 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet boycott, and won a silver and a gold medal, respectively. He also won two world titles, in 1983 and 1987. After retiring from competitions he coached elite hammer throwers including Ivan Tsikhan and his son Sergey.
Throughout his career Litvinov battled with Yuriy Sedykh. Litvinov set three world records, the last being 84.14 metres in June 1983.However, Sedykh improved the world record to 86.34 m in 1984 and to 86.74 m at the 1986 European championships. In 1986 Litvinov threw 86.04 metres which remained his personal best. This result puts him 3rd on the all-time performer's list, behind Sedykh and Ivan Tsikhan, whom he coached.
Litvinov finished second behind Sedykh and ahead of Jüri Tamm in the 1980 Summer Olympics. After missing the 1984 Games because of the Soviet boycott, he won the gold in 1988 ahead of Sedykh; his throw of 84.80 m remains the Olympic record.
Litvinov's son Sergey is also an elite hammer thrower.
Litvinov was reported to have died on 19 February 2018 in Sochi at the age of 60. It was reported by Russia's athletics federation that he suddenly fell from his bicycle as he cycled home from a coaching session, and an ambulance crew was unable to revive him.
|Representing Soviet Union|
|1980||Olympic Games||Moscow, USSR||2nd||80.64 m|
|1982||European Championships||Athens, Greece||3rd||78.66 m|
|1983||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||1st||82.68 m|
|1984||Friendship Games||Moscow, Soviet Union||3rd||81.30 m|
|1986||Goodwill Games||Moscow, Soviet Union||2nd||84.64 m|
|European Championships||Stuttgart, West Germany||2nd||85.74 m|
|1987||World Championships||Rome, Italy||1st||83.06 m = CR|
|1988||Olympic Games||Seoul, South Korea||1st||84.80 m = OR|
|1993||World Championships||Stuttgart, Germany||7th||78.56 m|
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| Men's hammer throw world record holder |
24 May 1980 – 31 July 1980
| Men's hammer throw world record holder |
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