Ian Campbell (athlete)

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Ian Bernard Campbell (born 18 April 1957 in Victoria) is a retired long and triple jumper from Australia, who represented his native country at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR. There he ended up in fifth place in the men's triple jump event, with a leap of 16.72 metres. In the final, Campbell, missed a certain gold medal after his fourth jump was fouled, this decision has been disputed since. He was accused of dragging his trail leg during the second, or “step” portion of the event. He had several jumps over 17.37 metres and at least one estimated to be more than 17.60 metres, but after each of those jumps, and sometimes with a few seconds' hesitation, a judge's red flag indicated a foul. He won the silver medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.[1]

In 2003 he was appointed CEO of the Richmond Football Club.[2]

On July 25, 2015 Athletics Australia submitted a request to the IAAF to award Campbell the Gold medal afterall for his fouled fourth jump at the 1980 Olympics, claiming that video recordings of the jump clearly show that the disputed decision was indeed erroneous. A similar request is submitted for the 200 metres women sprint at the 1948 Olympics, claiming that an Australian female athlete should postumely be awarded the bronze medal.[3]


  1. ^ Jackson, Russell (8 August 2013). "The forgotten story of ... Ian Campbell". theguardian.com. 
  2. ^ ABC News, 13 Apr 2003. Retrieved 25 Jul 2015
  3. ^ 25 Jul 2015. Retrieved 25 Jul 2015

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