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Sergei Aleksandrovich Belov

basketball coach , basketball player

Sergei Alexandrovich Belov was a professional basketball player, most noted for playing for the Soviet Union national basketball team at the Olympic Games.

Background

Belov was born in the village of Nashchyokovo, Shegarsky District, Tomsk Oblast, Soviet Union.

Education

Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physical Culture, 1977.

Career

He trained at Trud Voluntary Sports Society, and later at Armed Forces sports society. In 1968, he became an Honored Master of Sports of the USSR. Later, he became an Honored Coach of Russia (1995), and the President of the Russian Basketball Federation (1993–98). Belov is considered to be one of the best non-American basketball players of all time.

He was given the honor of lighting the Olympic Cauldron with the Olympic flame, during the 1980 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in Moscow. In 1991, FIBA named him the Best FIBA Player Ever. He became the first international player to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 11, 1992.

He was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2007. He was named of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors in 2008. Belov died on 3 October 2013 in Perm, Russia.

Club playing career At the age of twenty, Belov made his debut in the USSR League, with the team of Uralmash Sverdlovsk, where he played from 1964 to 1967. He then played with CSKA Moscow for twelve years. International playing career He also helped them to become the FIBA World champions in 1967 and 1974, and the FIBA European champions in 1967, 1969, 1971, and 1979.

Coaching career He was also the head coach of Ural Great Perm.

Achievements

  • Order of the Badge of HonourMedal "For Distinguished Labour" As a player:2 × Euroleague Champion: 1969, 197111 × USSR League Champion: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 19803 × Euroleague Final Top Scorer: 1970, 1971, 19732 × USSR Cup Champion: 1972, 1973Summer Olympic Games:01 ! Gold: 197203 ! Bronze: 1968, 1976, 1980FIBA World Cup:02 ! Silver: 197803 ! Bronze: 1970 (MVP)FIBA EuroBasket:01 ! Gold: 1967, 1969 (MVP), 1971, 197902 ! Silver: 1975, 197703 ! Bronze: 1973FIBA's 50 Greatest Players: 1991 (Voted #1)Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: 1992FIBA Hall of Fame: 200750 Greatest Euroleague Contributors: 2008As a head coach:2 × USSR League Champion: 1982, 1990FIBA Order of Merit: (1995)2 × Russian SuperLeague Champion: 2001, 2002North European League Champion: 2001FIBA World Cup:02 ! Silver: 1994, 1998FIBA EuroBasket:03 ! Bronze: 1997.