Olympic gold medalist Sergei Litvinov dies at age 60

MOSCOW -- Sergei Litvinov, the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the men's hammer throw, has died. He was 60.

The Russian track and field federation said in a statement that Litvinov "suddenly fell" from his bicycle while riding back from a practice session in the southern city of Sochi.

The federation said an ambulance crew "arrived immediately after being called but was unable to save him."

Litvinov was a two-time world champion in the hammer throw and won Olympic silver in 1980. He remains the Olympic-record holder after throwing 84.80 meters to win the gold medal in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988 during a Soviet podium sweep.

Litvinov later coached athletes including his son, also named Sergei Litvinov, who is a former European bronze medalist in the hammer.