Evelin Jahl

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Evelin Jahl
Personal information
Birth name Evelin Schlaak
Born (1956-03-28) March 28, 1956 (age 65)
Annaberg-Buchholz, Saxony, East Germany
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Club ASK Vorwärts Potsdam
Coached by Lothar Hillebrandt
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 71.50 m (1980)

Evelin Jahl, née Schlaak (born 28 March 1956 in Annaberg-Buchholz, Saxony, East Germany) is a German former discus thrower, who won two Olympic gold medals as an athlete representing East Germany. In 1976 she won the women's discus throwing event at the Montreal Summer Olympics. This was the beginning of a steep ascent: She defeated world record holder Faina Melnyk who was the undisputed favourite to win. In 1978 she set a new world record and also won the European Championships.

Two years later Jahl defended the Olympic title in Moscow, again relegating Vergova, also competing under her married name (Petkova), into second place. Jahl was the only discus thrower who could achieve two Olympic gold medals.

She retired from throwing in 1982 after an injury.

She later became GDR chairperson of a commission in the GDR track and field association DVfL.


Preceded by
Faina Melnyk
Women's Discus World Record Holder
12 August 1978 – 15 July 1980
Succeeded by
Mariya Petkova
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sabine Engel
Mariya Petkova
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Mariya Petkova
Irina Meszynski