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Klim, Olympic Hammer Throw champion, passes away

The IAAF is saddened by the news that Hammer Throw legend Romuald Klim died on on 28 May after a long and difficult illness. Klim was 78.

Born in the village of Khvoevo, Niasviž District, Minsk Province, Belarus, Klim captured two Olympic medals for the former Soviet Union. He won the gold medal in the Hammer Throw at the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and struck silver in the event four years later in Mexico City. Klim also won the European title in Budapest in 1966 and took continental silver in Athens in 1969.

Klim was also a World record holder in the event, throwing 74.52m at the International Nepszava Cup meeting in Budapest on 15 June 1969.