World Record Holder Youri Sedykh returns to the Mardyke
UCC Sport had the pleasure of welcoming Youri Sedykh back to the Mardyke today. The Russian born athlete was the doyen of hammer throwing throughout the 1970s and 80s along with his then compatriot and rival Sergey Litvinov. He was Olympic Champion in 1776 & 1980 but missed out on the opportunity to achieve the three in a row when the USSR boycotted the 1984 games in Los Angeles. The mighty man finished 2nd in the Seoul games 4 years later.
32 years ago, Sedykh produced a hammer competition of epic proportions along with Litvinov. Between them, they broke the world record on 5 occasions in a matter of 2 hours at the famous Cork venue. The record set that night was 86.34m. Sedykh went on to throw 86.74m in 1986 which remains the longest throw in history.
He know lives in Paris, France where he teaches strength & conditioning at University level. Sedykh was in a very relaxed mood today and spoke at length about his memories of coming to Cork and smashing the world record. He would return to the sports in Cork in 1985 and 1986.
He will be the guest of honour at this evenings Cork City Sports which will be held in CIT sports track starting at 5.30.
Our feature photo shows the great man standing at the plaque outside the Mardyke Pavilion which commemorates the events of 03 July 1984.
Thanks to Michael Holland (the university curator) for making the shot put from the event in 1984 available on the day for Youri to examine.