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Ivan Tsikhan Brings Belarus Olympic Silver In Hammer Throw

Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus took silver in hammer throw with the result 77.79m on Friday, August 19. The gold went to Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan, while bronze was won by Wojciech Nowicki from Poland won bronze.

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Hammer Throw Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 19/08/2016. Ivan Tikhon (BLR) of Belarus reacts.  REUTERS/Phil Noble  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTX2M6PM

Nazarov took the lead in the first round and was immediately overtaken by Tsikhan, but he recovered first place in round three and remained on top.

Both men recorded their best throws in the fifth round, with Nazarov hurling the metal ball 78.68 metres, compared with 77.79 for the Belarusian.

2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's Hammer Throw Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 19/08/2016. Ivan Tikhon (BLR) of Belarus competes.    REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTX2M6RN

Ivan Tsikhan missed the 2012 Olympics after a sample he had given during the 2004 Athens games was retested and found to contain a banned substance. He began a two-year ban in late 2012, returning to competition in 2015.