Bondarchuk a giant among throws coaches There is no question as to who is the best throws coach in the world of athletics.
The $64,000 question is how did the best throws coach in the world end up in Kamloops, coaching with the Kamloops Track and Field Club? Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk has been with the KTFC for nearly five years and, in that time, has taken the club to heights never before thought possible. In fact, since March the club has been the National High Performance Centre for Throws. Bondarchuk, a former European and Olympic champion in the hammer throw, was in charge of the Soviet national team throws program from 1976 oakley mens until 1992, and worked in Portugal and Kuwait until 2004, when he was hired by the KTFC. So... why the KTFC? "It just happened by accident," says the 69 year old Bondarchuk, through his daughter, Tanya Chibirev, who translated his Russian to English. "(Tanya) emigrated (to Canada) with her husband and we were looking to see if there were any clubs here." Hoping to get closer to Tanya and his son, both of whom live in Calgary, he started searching for a Canadian job. Bondarchuk happened to come across an article on the Internet about shot putter Dylan Armstrong, and got in touch with Dylan's mom, Judy, the president of the KTFC. "I just emailed Judy," says Bondarchuk, who has been married to his wife, Gaylena, for 45 years. "It just happened by a real accident." For the KTFC, this accident turned out to be a fortuitous one. THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE Bondarchuk Dr. B to all who come in contact with him has taken the small KTFC and turned it into the place to be for North American throwers. Among his pupils are Dylan Armstrong, who finished fourth in the shot put at the Beijing Olympics last summer, and Sultana Frizell, who moved here from Perth, Ont., and went on to finish 33rd in the hammer at Beijing. With the London Olympics still three summers away, Bondarchuk and his athletes have been training for the IAAF world championships in Berlin later this month. Three KTFC throwers have qualified Armstrong and Frizell, along with Jennifer Joyce, who hit her qualifying standard in Madrid in early July. Joyce moved to Kamloops from Richmond in 2007. As the athletes will tell you Dr. B knows how to get his athletes ready for big competitions. "You know when you walk out there that you are physically ready to throw your furthest," says Frizell. "He has prepared you through his programs and you know on that day that you are ready to throw far; you are mentally ready to do that." This oakley minute sunglasses is one of the reasons athletes are flocking to Kamloops in hopes of learning to throw a hammer or a shot further than they may have thought possible. Megan VanderVliet of Oakville, Ont., is another top hammer thrower, and, along with Joyce and Frizell, helped complete a KTFC sweep of the podium at June's Canadian championships in Toronto. Creston's Crystal Smith, a former Canadian record holder in the hammer, trains here, as does her boyfriend, Kibwe Johnson, who originally is from Oakland, Calif. Michael Letterlough, who holds the Caymanian record, joins fellow hammer throwers Martin Bissinger and Ryan Jensen and shot putter Justin Rodhe, all Americans. "I think that every coach doesn't mind having a lot of athletes because it gives more opportunities and gives everyone more experience," says Bondarchuk, who once trained 37 athletes at one time in Russia. "I do a lot of (studying) different people and different oakley half jacket xlj abilities, so it gives me a lot more knowledge." TERRIFIC OLYMPIC RECORD Bondarchuk was born on May 31, 1940, in Starokonstantinov, a city in western Ukraine, which was then a state in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. He was involved in a lot of "outside living" as a child swimming, soccer and volleyball, but didn't get involved in organized sports until high school, when he was on the track and field team. Because he was a big guy, he became a thrower. "There's not a huge story," Bondarchuk says. "I was really strongly built. It ended up that (throwing) would be easy for me to do because of my build." He turned out to be pretty good. In 1969, at the age of 29, he won his first international title in the hammer throw at the European championships. By the end of oakley shades online the year, he had bettered the world record twice, the second time throwing 75.48 metres, the first time anyone had thrown more than 75m. His crowning achievement came at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, where he threw 75.50m and won gold.
At the next Olympics, in 1976 in Montreal, he threw 75.48m, which earned him a bronze medal. Bondarchuk actually trained the two athletes Yuriy Sedykh and Aleksei Spiridonov, both Soviets who finished ahead of him Montreal.
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