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Dec. 8, 2006

Youri Sedykh, the world record holder in the hammer throw, will speak at the University of Virginia as part of a five-day coaching and training clinic held in Charlottesville. Sedykh will be joined by USA team member Adam Nelson, an assistant coach with the Virginia track and field team and Dr. Iain Hunter, the hammer throw biomechanist for USA Track and Field. The five-day clinic will run from Dec. 16-20.

Sedykh set six World hammer records between 1980 and 1986, including winning the 1980 Olympic and 1986 European titles. He threw over 80m every year from 1980 to 1992 and has thrown over 85m twenty one times. He reached his peak at the1986 European Championships in Stuttgart where he had five throws averaging 86.16m, including his sixth World record of 86.74m which still stands today. He won Olympic Gold in 1976 and 1980 and Silver in 1988, World Championship Gold in 1991 and Silver in 1983 and European Championship Gold in 1978, 1982 and 1986.

Nelson is the current world champion after taking the title in Helsinki in 2005. The 2006 USA Outdoor Champion, Nelson was the 2000 and 2004 Olympic silver medalist after winning the US Olympic Trials in both of those years. Nelson was also the 2003 and 2001 World Outdoor silver medalist and was a two-time USA Outdoor champion (2000 and 2002).

Dr. Hunter is the hammer throw biomechanist for USA Track and Field. He will be here to present his findings of the USA’s top throwers

Spectators are encouraged to stop by the track to see these two legendary athletes in action. They will be at the track from 10 am to 4 pm on Dec 16, 17, 18, 19 while on Dec 20 the men will be on the track until 12:00 noon.

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