Sergei Belov, a Russian basketball star who led the Soviet national team in its controversial gold medal victory over the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, died on Thursday in Perm, Russia. He was 69. His death was announced by CKSA Moscow, the professional team he had coached. No cause was given. Belov, a guard who stood nearly 6 feet 3 inches and was quick off the dribble, had one of the smoother jump shots seen outside of the United States in his day. Sometimes called the Jerry West of Russia, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992, the first international player to be inducted.
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Belov expressed no doubt about the 51-50 victory. “They lacked courage,” he said of the Americans in a 2002 HBO documentary, “:03 From Gold.” He said the American players “couldn’t admit they were silver medalists.” “I guess basketball in American only means gold,” he said.
The Brooklyn Nets wish to express our condolences on the passing of legendary Russian basketball player Sergey Belov. The first international player ever to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Belov’s contributions to the game was unparalleled. As a player, he led the Russian National team to four European and two World Championships. He won a gold medal and three bronzes for his national team at the Olympics. He continued his winning ways as coach of two Russian teams and head coach of the Russian men’s national team, winning silver medals at two World Championships. He is considered by many to be the best international player to ever grace the game, and he will be missed.
Former Soviet basketball great and Olympic gold medalist Sergei Belov has died at 69. His death was announced by CSKA Moscow, the team he played with for 13 seasons. The club said Belov died Thursday in the Ural Mountains city of Perm. It didn’t give a cause. Belov helped the Soviets to the gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics, scoring 20 points in the famous 51-50 win over the United States in the final. The shooting guard also won three Olympic bronze medals and two FIBA world championship titles.