Jaak Uudmäe

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Jaak Uudmäe
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Jaak Uudmäe in 2018
Personal information
Born (1954-09-03) September 3, 1954 (age 65)
Tallinn, Estonia

Jaak Uudmäe (born September 3, 1954) is a retired Estonian triple jumper and long jumper who competed for the Soviet Union. He was the gold medalist at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He set a personal best of 17.35 m (56 ft 11 in) in his Olympic victory – a mark which remains the Estonian record.[1]

In 1979 and 1980 Uudmäe was acknowledged as Estonia's Sportsman of the Year. In 1980 Uudmäe's coach Jaan Jürgenson was nominated as the USSR Coach of the Year and Jaak himself as USSR Master Sportsman of the Year. He was the runner-up at the 1979 Soviet Spartakiad, behind Gennadiy Valyukevich.

His sons Jaanus Uudmäe and Jaak Joonas Uudmäe are also both long/triple jumpers.[2][3]

1980 Olympics[edit]

His victory at the 1980 Summer Olympics was adjudicated by an all-Soviet panel.[4] Some observers later claimed that the bronze medalist João Carlos de Oliveira and fifth-placer Ian Campbell both produced multiple jumps longer than Uudmäe's, though the Soviet judges ruled all these as fouls, to protestations from the athletes and questioning by several observers. Uudmäe's longest jump was also ruled as a foul.[5][6][7][8] In 2015, Athletics Australia made a request to the International Association of Athletics Federations to investigate the matter and review the outcome.[9]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1977 European Indoor Championships San Sebastián, Spain 2nd Triple jump 16.46 m
1979 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd Triple jump 16.91 m
Universiade Mexico City, Mexico 2nd Triple jump 17.20 m
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 1st Triple jump 17.35 m
European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 2nd Triple jump 16.51 m
1981 World Cup Rome, Italy 4th Triple jump 16.83 m
European Cup Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1st Triple jump 16.97 m
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th Triple jump 16.56 m

National titles[edit]

  • Estonian Indoor Championships
    • Triple jump: 1975, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1985
    • Long jump: 1978

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Estonian records. EKJL. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  2. ^ "Jaak Uudmäe: tippsport jääb üha enam fanaatikute pärusmaaks". EPL (in Estonian). 15 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Jaak Joonas Uudmäe alistas kaugushüppes olümpiavõitjast isa rekordi". Delfi Sport (in Estonian). 22 April 2017.
  4. ^ Dunaway, James (July 20, 2008). "In 1980, the Soviets Turned the Olympics Into the Games of Shame". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games: Men's Triple Jump. Sports Reference. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  6. ^ "Suomalainen näkökulma Moskovan olympiakisoihin sanomalehdistössä kesällä 1980" (PDF) (in Finnish). Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Siukonen, Markku; et al. (1980). Urheilutieto 5 (in Finnish). Oy Scandia Kirjat Ab. pp. 363–364. ISBN 951-9466-20-7.
  8. ^ Lane, Tim (August 18, 2013). "Cheating the only conclusion you can jump to". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Australia demands probe of triple jump final at 1980 Games. Reuters (2015-07-25). Retrieved 2018-04-11.

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Preceded by
Aavo Pikkuus
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Jüri Poljans