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Exhibition of the most important moments of Estonian athletics was opened in Tallinn

Posted on 08. September 2017

Exhibition of the most important moments of Estonian athletics was opened in Tallinn

An exhibition introducing the history of Estonian throwing sports athletes and athletes of combined track and field events, which includes both the finest medals won at title competitions and the most exciting competition equipment, was opened in the Hotel Olümpia OlyBet Sports Bar on 8 September.

The exhibition was opened by Olympic gold medal winner Gerd Kanter, President of the Estonian Athletics Association Erich Teigamägi, Marketing Manager of Olympic Casino Estonia Marje Braunbrück, and organizer of the exhibition Ants Kiisa. The items on display at the exhibition come from the treasuries of the Estonian Athletics Association and the Estonian Sports Museum and from private collections. Visiting the exhibition is free of charge and the exhibition will remain open in the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia OlyBet Sports Bar till 10 October.

According to the organizer of the exhibition, Ants Kiisa, the exhibition brings together Estonian sports legends from Heino Puuste and Jüri Tamm to Gerd Kanter. "There are items on display that have not been shown together publicly so far," said Kiisa.

According to Marje Braunbrück, Marketing Manager of Olympic Casino Estonia, the host of the exhibit, the athletics exhibition in the Olybet Sports Bar is already the seventh of its kind, replacing the popular volleyball history exhibition. "The Estonian sports history is very glorious and interesting and everyone is welcome to see the exhibition for free," added Braunbrück.

The most important medals of the exhibition

  • Gerd Kanter’s gold medals won at the Olympic Games and the World Championships; Diamond League overall winner cup
  • Erki Nool’s Olympic Games’ gold medal, World Championships’ silver medal and the World Cup in combined track and field events
  • Aleksander Tammert’s bronze medals, won at the Olympic Games and the European Championships
  • Mikk Pahapill’s European Indoor Championships’ gold medal
  • Heino Puuste’s European Championships’ silver medal
  • Marek Kaleta’s Universiade gold medal and gold, silver and bronze medals won at the USSR Championships (a rare complete set)
  • Liina Laasma’s gold medals won at the European Junior Championships, Youth Olympic Days and European Winter Cup (Estonian record)

 

Other exciting items

  • Heino Puuste’s 1984 USSR Olympic team track suit, which he for political reasons did not get to wear at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • Jüri Tamm’s competition shirt and hammer throw glove that helped him land the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympic Games
  • Heino Lipp’s shoes with giant spikes, used in soil-covered throwing circles at the end of the 1940s
  • Aleksander Tammert’s size 50.5 discus throwing shoes
  • Margus Hunt’s junior world record plaque
  • Andrus Värnik’s autographed javelin, broken into two pieces during a throw

See photos here.