The former Olympics record holder and Olympics Champion, Vladimir Kiselyov has passed away at the age of 65 years.
The Moscow Olympics hero was announced dead by Ruslan Protsenko, the Deputy Mayor of the city of Kremenchug in the Poltava region, Ukraine.
“Today the Olympic champion, honorary citizen of Kremenchug, Vladimir Kiselev, has passed away,” Protsenko wrote on his Facebook page, Russia’s official state news agency TASS reported.
Kiselyov upset the odds at Moscow 1980 to become the first Soviet athlete to win the men’s Olympic shot put title.
The favourite was the defending champion and world record holder, East Germany’s Udo Beyer, but he could finish only third as Kiselyov and team-mate Aleksandr Baryshnikov led a Soviet Union one-two.
Kiselyov led from the first round as he threw 21.10 metres.
He extended his lead with his final effort when, already certain of winning, he threw 21.35m to set an Olympic record that stood until Seoul 1988 when East Germany’s Ulf Timmerman beat it with a mark of 22.47m.
Kiselyov remains the only Soviet, Russian or Ukrainian athlete to win the men’s Olympic shot put title.