January 26, 2022
Viktor Danilovich Saneyev (Russian: Виктор Данилович Санеев; Georgian: ვიქტორ სანეევი; 3 October 1945, then-Retired Soviet athlete, then-Georgian athlete, 3 October - 2022) was a retired Georgian athlete. As a result, he achieved three consecutive Olympic triple jump titles (1968, 1972, 1976). Born in Sukhumi to Russian parents, Sanyeev started running in 1956 and trained at the Gantyadi boarding school. He was 188 cm (6 ft 2 in) tall and weighed 78 kg (172 lb) and his first coach, Akov Kerseljan, expertly recommended him to triple jump. He played his first bout at Spartacchiada in 1963, finishing third. He won gold medals at the 1968 Pre-Soviet Championships and at the Olympics in Mexico City on October 17, when he set two world records - 17.23 m and 17.39 m. On the same date four years later, he once again set the world record of 17.44 m in the water aft. He won the same event at the 1972 Olympics in Munich and 1976 in Montreal, and won a silver medal at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, although he expected four straight wins. He also won the event at the 1969 and 1974 European Championships. He was awarded the Order of Red Flag for Labor (1969), the Order of Lenin (1972), and the Order of People's Goodwill (1976). After the fall of the Soviet Union and the Georgian Civil War in the early 1990s, he moved with his family to Australia. He worked like delivering pizzas, eventually becoming a gymnast at St. Joseph's College in Hunter's Hill, and later as a coach at the New South Wales Sports Institute. He died on 3 January 2022 in Sydney.