Evelin Jahl

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Evelin Jahl
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  East Germany
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal Discus
Gold 1980 Moscow Discus
IAAF World Cup
Gold 1979 Montreal Discus
Gold 1981 Rome Discus

Evelin Jahl, née Schlaak (born 28 March 1956 in Annaberg-Buchholz, Saxony, East Germany) is a German former discus thrower, who won two Olympic gold medals as an athlete representing East Germany.

Biography[edit]

In 1976 she won the women's discus throwing event at the Montreal Summer Olympics. This was the beginning of a steep ascent: She defeated world record holder Faina Melnyk who was the undisputed favourite to win. In 1978 she set a new world record and also won the European Championships.

Two years later Jahl defended the Olympic title in Moscow, again relegating Vergova, also competing under her married name (Petkova), into second place. Jahl was the only discus thrower who could achieve two Olympic gold medals.

She retired from professional sport in 1982 after an injury.

She later became GDR chairperson of a commission in the GDR track and field association DVfL.

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Records
Preceded by
Soviet Union Faina Melnyk
Women's Discus World Record Holder
12 August 1978 – 15 July 1980
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Mariya Petkova
Sporting positions
Preceded by
East Germany Sabine Engel
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
1978 – 1979
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Mariya Petkova
Preceded by
Bulgaria Mariya Petkova
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
1981
Succeeded by
East Germany Irina Meszynski