Erki Nool

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Erki Nool
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Personal information
Born (1970-06-25) June 25, 1970 (age 45)
Sport Track & Field
Event(s) Decathlon

Erki Nool (born 25 June 1970 in Võru, Estonia) is an Estonian decathlete and politician.

Nool is a winner of the gold medal for decathlon in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Although Nool did not place first in any individual event, his total score was the highest. Nool won the title after the competition referee decided to over-rule a discus judge, who had red-flagged his last and only valid attempt due to alleged step-out. The reinstatement of his 43.66-metre third throw sparked unsuccessful counter-protests from other teams. Nool took gold ahead of the Czech Roman Šebrle and American Chris Huffins.

On September 1997 he established the first private athletics school in Estonia.[1]

Since 2005, Erki Nool has been the Vice Chairman of the EOC Athletes Commission and since 2007, member of the European Athletics Development Committee.

In 2006, Nool participated as a celebrity contestant on the first season of Tantsud tähtedega, an Estonian version of Dancing with the Stars. His professional dancing partner was Ave Vardja.

Nool was elected to the Estonian Parliament, Riigikogu, on 4 March 2007, representing the Union of Pro Patria and Res Publica.[2]

Since 2008, he is also member of the Executive Committee of the Estonian Olympic Committee.


Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain DNF Decathlon
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th Decathlon
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th Decathlon
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 7th Heptathlon
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st Heptathlon
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 6th Decathlon
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 6th Decathlon
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd Heptathlon
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st Decathlon
1998 IAAF World Combined Events Challenge 1st Decathlon
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 2nd Heptathlon
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain 14th Decathlon
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 3rd Heptathlon
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st Decathlon
2000 IAAF World Combined Events Challenge 1st Decathlon
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisboa, Portugal 5th Heptathlon
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd Decathlon
2001 IAAF World Combined Events Challenge 2nd Decathlon
2001 Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd Decathlon
2002 European Indoor Championships Wien, Austria 3rd Heptathlon
2002 European Championships Munchen, Germany 2nd Decathlon
2003 World Championships Paris, France DNF Decathlon
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 8th Decathlon
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th Heptathlon
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 12th Heptathlon


  1. ^ About Erki Nool on
  2. ^ Erki Nool politician career on

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jüri Jaanson
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Preceded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Tõnu Tõniste
Flagbearer for  Estonia
Athens 2004
Succeeded by
Martin Padar