Former Olympic Javelin champion of Latvia, Janis Lusis died today at the age of 80, the global governing body of Athletics said in a statement.
Lusis was considered as a one of the greatest javelin throwers of all time. He competed in four Olympic Games between 1964 and 1976 representing Soviet Union, he won a bronze medal in Tokyo 1964, gold in Mexico City and silver in the Munich Games in 1972.
He also won four European titles and set two world records 91.98m in 1968 and 19.80m in 1972. During an International career that went about 15 years, he worked as a coach and officer in Latvia.
In 1969, he married with Elvira Izolina who was a 1960 Olympic champion and their son Voldermars is also an International Javelin thrower, who competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
In 2014, Lusis was inducted in to Hall of Fame by the International Association of Athletics Federation.