Sergei Belov

1944 - 2013


MOSCOW (AP) - Sergei Belov, the Soviet basketball great who helped his team beat the United States in the epic 1972 Olympic final in Munich, died Thursday. He was 69.

His death was announced by CSKA Moscow, the team he played with for 13 seasons. The club said Belov died in the Ural Mountains city of Perm, where he coached a local team. No cause was given.

Belov scored 20 points in the 51-50 win over the U.S. in Munich, a gold-medal game in which the Russians scored the winning points as time ran out. The clock had been reset in the final seconds after the Americans thought they had won. The Americans refused to accept their silver medal.

Belov, a shooting guard, was widely considered one of the best non-American players of his generation. He also won three Olympic bronze medals - 1968, 1976, 1980 - and led the Soviets to two world championship titles.

Belov lit the Olympic cauldron at the 1980 Games in Moscow and coached the Russian na tional team from 1993-99 before moving to Perm to coach the Ural-Great basketball team.

"World basketball has lost a true legend today," Jordi Bertomeu, president and CEO of Euroleague Basketball, said. "Mr. Belov was a great figure in European basketball's history and an example of excellence who helped paved the way for the growth of the sport we all love."

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.

Ivan Dvorny, a fellow Olympic gold medalist, described Belov as a "man of great will who was fully dedicated to basketball."

"I'm sure that the entire world mourns him," said another of Belov's 1972 Olympic teammates, Ivan Edeshko, according to Sovetsky Sport.

Belov's death on Oct. 3 came on the same date that Soviet Olympic teammate Alexander Belov died in 1978. Alexander Belov, no relation, scored the winning layup against the Americans in Munich after catching a court-length pass with time running out.


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Please accept my condolence and heartfelt prayers for the loss of Sergei. When someone we love dies naturally we look for comfort, (2 Cor.1:3) says that God is the God of all comfort. It is my hope all of you will find encouragement knowing also that our loving Creator comfort all who mourns the loss of their love ones (Isaiah 61:1, 2).

I am sorry for your loss. I hope you can find comfort in the words written at (Jeremiah 29:11,12)

The light

You and your team mates played a HELL of a game, despite the controversy.
S/ A guy your age who still loves the game.

Always remember God is love. So sorry for your loss.

My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Belov. May the God of comfort be with you at this time of grief. May all fond memories of Mr. Sergei Belov stay closr to your hearts.

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. ~Isa.33:24

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

God is a God of comfort.pray to hiim. For strength to help you to endure and God himself will make a way out.