Heino Puuste

Heino Puuste (born 7 September 1955 in Lagedi[1]) is a retired Estonian javelin thrower who represented the USSR and later Estonia. He finished fourth at both the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1983 World Championships, and won a silver medal at the 1982 European Championships. He also won bronze medals at the Universiade in 1979 and 1981. On May 6, 1983, he threw at Birmingham a new Soviet record of 94.20 meters, eclipsing the old mark (and former world record) of 93.80 by Jānis Lūsis. This record was never beaten as increasing distances and frequent flat or ambiguous landings prompted a change to a new javelin design, effective starting in 1986.[2] Puuste later became an athletics coach, most notably coaching the 2005 javelin throw world champion Andrus Värnik.[3]

Heino Puuste
Personal information
BornSeptember 7, 1955 (1955-09-07) (age 65)
Lagedi, Estonia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Country Soviet Union
Event(s)Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)94.20 m (1983)

Personal lifeEdit

Heino Puuste's father-in-law was basketball player Ilmar Kullam.[4]


  1. ^ "Puuste Heino" (in Estonian). ESBL. Retrieved 6 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Erich Bremicker. "Why did the senior javelin specification have to be changed?".
  3. ^ "Värnik does the Backley dance of happiness". Chris Turner/IAAF.
  4. ^ "Kullam, Oksana" (in Estonian). ESBL. Retrieved 6 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Preceded by
Jüri Poljans
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Tiit Haagma
Preceded by
Riho Suun
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Jaan Ehlvest