April 30, 2020 / 7:05 AM / a month ago

Latvia's former Olympic javelin champion Lusis dies aged 80

(Reuters) - Latvia's former Olympic javelin champion Janis Lusis has died of cancer at the age of 80, the global governing body of athletics said in a statement here

Lusis, who competed in four Olympic Games between 1964 and 1976 representing the Soviet Union, won a bronze medal in Tokyo 1964 before clinching gold in Mexico City four years later.

Considered one of the greatest javelin throwers of all time, Lusis earned a full set of Olympic medals by winning the silver in the Munich Games in 1972.

He also won four European titles and set two world records - 91.98m in 1968 and 93.80m in 1972 - during an international career that spanned 15 years, following which he worked as a coach and official in Latvia.

In 2014, Lusis was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the International Association of Athletics Federations - now World Athletics.

He married 1960 Olympic champion Elvira Ozolina in 1969 and their son Voldermars is also an international javelin thrower who competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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