Emiel Mellaard

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Emiel Mellaard
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Emiel Mellaard in 1987
Personal information
Born (1966-03-21) 21 March 1966 (age 51)
Spijkenisse, the Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport Long jump
Club Vlug en Lenig, Den Haag

Emiel Remco Mellaard (born 21 March 1966) is a retired Dutch long jumper,[1] best known for winning the 1989 European Indoor Championships.

Mellaard was the first Dutch long jumper to break the 8-metre barrier, when in 1987 he jumped 8.02. With this achievement he took over Henk Visser’s legendary Dutch record of 7.98, set in 1956.

His personal best was 8.19 metres, achieved in July 1988 in Groningen. This is the current Dutch record on outdoor tracks. However, Emiel Mellaard is one of the few athletes who produced his very best performance on an indoor track. In 1989 he jumped 8.23 metres in The Hague, a few weeks before he would become European Indoor Champion. This achievement remains the current Dutch indoor record.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  Netherlands
1985 World Indoor Games Paris, France 5th 7.78 m
European Junior Championships Cottbus, East Germany 3rd 7.79 m
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 4th 7.91 m
1987 European Indoor Championships Liévin, France 12th 7.62 m
World Championships Rome, Italy 18th (q) 7.93 m
1988 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 7.84 m
Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 11th 7.71 m
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 1st 8.14 m
World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 16th (q) 7.42 m
World Cup Barcelona, Spain 4th 7.82 m1
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 2nd 8.08 m
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 6th 7.89 m
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 10th 6.77 m

1Representing Europe


  1. ^ Emiel Mellaard. sports-reference.com

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