Viktor Saneev / photo TASS
The famous athlete Viktor Saneev passed away. His heart stopped beating in Sydney at the age of 76.
This was reported by the All-Russian Athletics Federation.
The cause of death was a massive heart attack.
Saneev is the only three-time Olympic champion in the triple jump in history. He won gold at the 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics, and at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, won a silver medal.
Saneev three times updated the world record in a triple jump – 17.23 m, 17.39 m and 17.44 m.
Victor was born in 1945 in the Georgian city of Sukhumi and represented the USSR Olympic team. After the collapse of the Union, Saneev emigrated with his wife and son to Australia. There he worked as a courier and delivered pizza, and then got a job as a physical education teacher at a school. Victor sold his Olympic medals.
Subsequently, he managed to get a job as a jumping coach at the NSW Sports Institute. Saneev lived with his family in Sydney.
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