Jiří Skobla

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Jiří Skobla
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Skobla in 1957
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Czechoslovakia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1956 Melbourne Shot put

Jiří Skobla (6 April 1930 – 18 November 1978) was a Czechoslovak athlete who competed mainly in the shot put. Born in Prague, he was the son of former Olympic weightlifting champion Jaroslav Skobla.[1]

His first success was a gold medal at the 1954 European Athletics Championships – a feat that no other Czech has been able to replicate since, he was the bronze medallist at the event at the 1958 European Athletics Championships and placed sixth in 1962. He competed for Czechoslovakia at the Olympics on three occasions: 1952, 1956 and 1960, his best performance was in the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia, where he won the bronze medal. His final international medal, a bronze, came at the 1966 European Indoor Games.

Skobla died of kidney cancer in Prague; the autopsy results were not released, but it was widely believed his death may have been associated with steroid use.


  1. ^ Jiří Skobla Archived 2014-11-13 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2015-02-01.
  • Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). "Track & Field (Men): Shot Put". In The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition. London: Aurum Press Limited. pp. 236–7.