Basketball: Giant Russian basketball player Sizonenko dead

AFP News5 January 2012

Former Soviet Union basketball star Alexander Sizonenko, who was also Russia's tallest man at 2.45 metres (8ft), has died at the age of 52.

Sizonenko died in St Petersburg after a long illness, Russian media reported, without giving further details.

After playing for the St Petersburg-based Spartak club from 1976-9, Sizonenko joined Stroitel in what is now Samara after the fall of the Soviet Union, and finished his career there.