Anatolij Bondarčuk
Anatolij Bondarčuk

Anatoly Pavlovich Bondarchuk (Ukrainian: Анатолій Павлович Бондарчук) (born 31 May 1940 in Starokonstantinov) is a retired Soviet hammer thrower, who is regarded as the most accomplished hammer throw coach of all time.

As an athlete, Bondarchuk accumulated numerous international awards and honors throughout a long career. Beginning the hammer throw at a relatively late age, he won his first international title in 1969 with a win at the European Championships. Near the end of the season, Bondarchuk set two world records in the event. The latter record of 75.48 meters was the first throw in history over 75 meters. Bondarchuk continued to remain among the world's elite for several years and won the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics while setting an Olympic Record of 75.50 meters. Four years later, he earned the bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. As an athlete, Bondarchuk trained at VSS Kolos in Kiev  Bondarchuk was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1976) and the Order of the Badge of Honor (1972)

Despite his athletic success, Bondarchuk's legacy is more pronounced in the realm of coaching. Bondarchuk began coaching while still training as an athlete and has since coached athletes to medals in five Olympic Games. Most notably, he coached two-time Olympic Champion and current hammer world record holder Yuri Sedykh. Bondarchuck is currently living and coaching in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He serves as throwing coach for the Kamloops Track & Field Club, where he guided Canadian shot put record holder Dylan Armstrong to a fourth place finish at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. In addition to coaching Armstrong, Bondarchuk coaches a cadre of other elite throwers including Canadian hammer throw record holder Sultana Frizell, former Canadian hammer throw record holders Jennifer Joyce and Crystal Smith, Caymanian hammer throw record holder Michael Letterlough, Pan American Games and former U.S. indoor weight throw champion Kibwe Johnson, and Swiss hammer throw champion Martin Bingisser