September 29, 2007 / 4:50 PM / 11 years ago

Hungarian hammer throw great Zsivotzky dies

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Former Olympic hammer champion Gyula Zsivotzky has died aged 70, the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) said on Saturday.

Zsivotzky won at the hammer title at the 1968 Mexico City Games with a throw of 73.36 metres after battling illness.

Before the 1964 Tokyo Games, where he won a silver, Zsivotzky spent 200 days in hospital after undergoing stomach surgery and lost 17 kg.

“Thanks to his amazing will-power he stepped into the throwing circle just six months later,” the MOB said.

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