Igor Astapkovich born in Minsk is a hammer thrower who won two Olympic medals, first representing the Soviet Union and later his home country of Belarus.
He won silver medals at three consecutive World Championships, and became the 1990 European champion. His personal best throw of 84.62 metres, achieved in 1992, puts him 6th on the all-time performer's list.
Astapkovich is married to discus thrower Irina Yatchenko. His brother Konstantin Astapkovich was also an able hammer thrower