Full name: Dainis Kūla
Other name(s): Dainis Elmarovich Kula, Дайнис Элмарович Кула
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 216 lbs (98 kg)
Born: April 28, 1959 in Ventspils, Ventspils, Latvia
Affiliations: Ventspils Daugava/VS Riga
Country: Soviet Union
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
Dainis Kūla, one of the top Soviet javelin throwers in the early 1980s, continued the Soviet-Latvian dominance in men’s javelin throwing after the retirement of [Jānis Lūsis]. Throwing his personal best of 92.06 just a month before the 1980 Olympics, Kūla was considered as a favorite to medal at the Olympics, but was not the favorite for gold as Hungarian [Ferenc Paragi] had set a world record of 96.72 in the spring of 1980. In the Olympic final, which like many other field events at the 1980 Olympics had very dubious officiating, Paragi threw only 79.52 to place 10th, and Kūla won Olympic gold with a throw of 91.20. Besides his Olympic gold, Kūla won golds at the 1981 and 1983 Universiade, and the 1981 World Cup, adding a bronze at the 1983 World Championships. While preparing for the 1984 Olympics, Kūla severely injured his hand and took two years to recover. While injured, Kūla was dropped from the Soviet national team, but after recovering continued to compete in local tournaments.
After the fall of the Soviet Union, Kūla competed at the 1993 World Championships, representing a newly independent Latvia, but was past his prime and did not get past qualifying. Kūla won Soviet titles in 1981-83, and was the Latvian SSR champion in 1979-80 and 1983 and was selected as Latvian athlete of the year in 1980 and 1981. After finishing his sports career, Kūla became a successful businessman. An annual javelin throwing competition is now held in Venspils in his honor.
Personal Best\: JT – 92.06 (1980).
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Men's Javelin Throw||Soviet Union||URS||1||Gold|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||1||91.20|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||Round One||NP||foul|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||Round Two||NP||foul||NM|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||Round Three||1||88.88||88.88|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||Round Four||1||91.20||91.20|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||Round Five||1||foul||91.20|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Final Round||Round Six||NP||foul|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Qualifying Round||3||QU||85.76|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Qualifying Round||Round One||1||85.76|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Qualifying Round||Round Two||2||pass||85.76|
|1980 Summer||21||Moskva||Athletics||Soviet Union||Qualifying Round||Round Three||NP||pass|