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Jüri Tamm

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJüri•Tamm
Used nameJüri•Tamm
Other namesYury Avgustovich Tamm, Юрий Августович Тамм
Born5 February 1957 in Pärnu (EST)
Died22 September 2021
Measurements191 cm / 120 kg
AffiliationsSA Kiev/Nõmme KJK Tallinn
NOC Estonia Soviet Union
Nationality Estonia

Biography

Estonian Jüri Tamm took up athletics and hammer throwing in 1972 and was among the world’s top hammer throwers during the 1980s. Tamm won Olympic bronzes in 1980 and 1988 and won silver at the 1987 World Championships. He also won gold at the 1983 Universiade and silver at the 1981 Universiade. He set one world record, throwing 80.46 in May 1980. Tamm won Soviet titles in 1987 and 1988 and Estonian titles in 1991 and 1993-94. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Tamm continued competing, representing his native Estonia, but already past his prime, placed fifth at the 1992 Olympics and did not advance from the qualifying round at the 1994 European Championships, 1995 World Championships, or the 1996 Olympics.

After retiring from sports, Tamm entered politics, serving as a member of the Estonian Social Democratic Party in the Riigikogu (Parliament) from 1999-11. From 1999-11 he was a member of Riigikogu’s Economic Affairs Committee and from 2007-11 served as a member of Riigikogu’s European Union Affairs Committee and Security Authorities Surveillance Select Committee. Tamm was the vice-president of the Estonian NOC from 2001-08 and from 2001-05 was chairman of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Athletes’ Commission and a member of the EOC Executive Board. In 2007 he became the Honorary Consul to Monaco in Estonia and since 2012 worked as the chief-of-staff with the Ukrainian NOC.

Personal Best: HT – 84.40 (1984).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1980 Summer Olympics Athletics URS EST Jüri Tamm
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics URS EST Jüri Tamm
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics EST Jüri Tamm
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 5
1996 Summer Olympics Athletics EST Jüri Tamm
Hammer Throw, Men (Olympic) 26 r1/2

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