Ex-Soviet basketball great Sergei Belov dies at 69

June 25th, 2015 11:14 pm

First Posted: 10/3/2013

(AP) 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 says 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 world championship titles.

Belov lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1980 Games in Moscow and coached the Russian national team in 1993-99.

Belov won 11 titles with CSKA Moscow and later coached the club for three years, leading it to two titles. In 1992, he became the first international player inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into basketball's international Hall of Fame in 2007.

Associated Press