Jacques Freitag (born 11 June 1982) is a South African high jumper. He is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie Adams, Usain Bolt, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Yelena Isinbayeva, Kirani James, Jana Pittman, Dani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Jacques Freitag
Personal information
Nationality South African
Born (1982-06-11) 11 June 1982 (age 37)
Warrenton, Northern Cape Province
Height2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)High jump
ClubRentmeester-Tuks AC, Pretoria
Coached byMartin Marx
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)High jump: 2.38 (Oudtshoorn 2005)

Freitag grew up in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng (50 km east of Pretoria). His mother, Hendrina Pieters, was in 1973 a South African high jump champion with a personal best of 1.74 metres.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   South Africa
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 2.16 m
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 4th 2.20 m
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 1st 2.24 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 23rd (q) 2.15 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 1st 2.35 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 20th (q) 2.20 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 18th (q) 2.20 m



He was in Erasmus hoërskool in Bronkhorstspruit then he attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a public school located in Pretoria.


  1. ^ "2003 > University of Pretoria". Web.up.ac.za. 14 January 2010.[permanent dead link]

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Preceded by
  Vyacheslav Voronin
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Aleksander Walerianczyk
Preceded by
  Stefan Holm
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside   Andriy Sokolovskyy

Succeeded by
  Andrey Silnov