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Hennadiy Valentynovych Avdyeyenko (Ukrainian: Геннадій Валентинович Авдєєнко) (born November 4, 1963 in Odessa) is a retired high jumper who represented the USSR and later Ukraine. He trained at the Armed Forces sports society in Odessa.[1] He won gold medals at both the Olympics and the World Championships.

Avdyeyenko entered the 1983 World Championships as an unknown. His personal best was only 2.25 m and he had placed 6th at the main tryout meeting, the 1983 Spartakiad; however, high jump coach Kęstutis Šapka and team coach Igor Ter-Ovanesyan lobbied to have him included in the team.[2] In the World Championship final, up against thirteen athletes with bests of 2.30 m or better, Avdyeyenko improved his personal best by 7 centimetres to win an unexpected gold medal, beating the United States' Tyke Peacock on countback.[2]

Avdyeyenko placed second at the 1987 World Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, jumping a new personal best (and Soviet indoor record) of 2.38 m but losing to teammate Igor Paklin in a jump-off.[3][4] He won another silver medal at the outdoor championships that year, again jumping 2.38 m and tying with Paklin; this time the tie didn't have to be broken, as Patrik Sjöberg won on countback and the gold medal was thus not at stake.[5]

Avdyeyenko then won another gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, in the absence of Cuba's world record holder Javier Sotomayor, whose country boycotted the Olympics.[6] He jumped 2.38 m yet again, and this time he was the only jumper to clear that height.[6]

Avdyeyenko graduated from Odessa Polytechnic Institute and worked as an expert in refrigerating equipment.[1]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b ‹See Tfd›(in Russian) Great Olympic Encyclopedia, vol.1-2, Moscow:Olympia Press Publisher, 2006, entry on "Авдеенко", available
    vari.yandex.ru/dict/olympic/article/olymp/ol11/ol1-0026.htm online
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  2. ^ a b Pekola, Tapio; et al. (1983). Yleisurheilun MM-kisakirja Helsinki '83 (in Finnish). Juoksija. ISBN 951-9465-05-7.
  3. ^ Butler, Mark (2008), IAAF Statistics Handbook Valencia 2008, IAAF
  4. ^ "High Jump Result - 1st IAAF World Indoor Championships". IAAF. Retrieved May 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Butler, Mark; IAAF Media & Public Relations Department (2011), IAAF Statistics Handbook Daegu 2011, IAAFCS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b "Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2013.

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