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Ivan Tsikhan: World Champ Throws for Hammer Gold


Ivan Tsikhan: World Champ Throws for Hammer Gold

Ivan Tsikhan

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Ivan Tsikhan has been competitive in all three of his Olympic hammer throw competitions and earned a silver medal in 2004. He finished third in Beijing after entering the competition as the favorite, but he was stripped of his bronze medal after testing positive for abnormally high levels of testosterone. He was given a two-year ban, which he appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The court ruled in his favor, and his medal was reinstated.

2007 success:

Tsikhan (sometimes spelled “Tikhon”) enjoyed a strong 2007 season, winning 10 of his 13 meets and saving his best throw for the year’s biggest stage, the World Championships, which he won with a toss measuring 83.63 meters (274 feet, 4.5 inches).

Career highlights:

Tsikhan, who’s coached by former Olympic champion Sergey Litvinov, won three consecutive World Championships from 2003-07. He earned a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics after placing fourth in 2000. He’s also won the World Athletics final twice. Re-testing of his doping samples led to Tsikhan being stripped of his 2004 Olympic silver medal, his 2005 World Championship gold medal and his 2005 World Athletics final victory. He had the longest throw of the early 2000s (86.73 meters/284 feet, 6 inches in 2005).

The stats:

  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 243
  • Birth date: July 24, 1976
  • Hometown: Hlasievicy, Belarus
  • Personal best: 86.73 meters (274 feet, 4.5 inches).


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