Natallia Dobrynska of Ukraine competes in the Women's Shot Put in the Pentathlon during day one - WIC Istanbul (Getty Images) © Copyright

Dmitry Polyakov husband and coach to Natallia Dobrynska loses fight to cancer

Dmitry Polyakov (UKR), the husband and coach of Olympic Heptathlon champion Natallia Dobrynska, died from cancer on 25 March 2012, aged 48.

Originally a boxing coach, he started working with Dobrynska in 2007 and lived to see her set a World Pentathlon record of 5013 points at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, Istanbul, Turkey.

With thanks to Athletics International