Jüri Tarmak


July 5, 2022

Jüri Tarmak (Tallinn, July 21, 1946 - June 22, 2022) Olympic champion Soviet-Estonian athlete, high jumper.


His father, Aadu Tarmak, was the Soviet champion discus thrower in 1943–44. He started competing in athletics in 1963. He became a member of the Soviet national team in 1970. He won a silver medal in 1971 and a bronze medal in 1972 at the European Indoor Championships in high jump. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He was the last Olympic champion who won with a split technique. He retired from racing in 1974 and the following year graduated from Leningrad State University with a degree in economics. He received his doctorate in 1985. Between 1985 and 1990, he was a university lecturer in Leningrad. In 1990, when Estonia became independent from the Soviet Union, he returned home to Tallinn, where he formed an investment company (Broker Baltic AS). Later, he also worked as a vice president and consultant of the Tallinn Stock Exchange. Between 2001 and 2012, he was the manager of Kompass Tallinn sports club.

His successes, awards

Olympic Games gold medalist: 1972, Munich European Indoor Championships silver medalist: 1971, Sofia bronze medalist: 1972, Grenoble



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