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Sergey Bubka

Full name: Serhiy Nazarovych "Sergey" Bubka
Original name: Сергій Назарович Бубка
Other name(s): Sergey Nazarovich Bubka, Сергей Назарович Бубка
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: December 4, 1963 in Luhansk, Luhansk, Ukraine
Affiliations: Spartak Donetsk/Donetsk U.
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team, UKR Ukraine
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Brother of Vasyl Bubka.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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Biography

Sergey Bubka is considered by many athletics historians as the most dominant pole vaulter of all-time. Bubka took up athletics in 1973 at age nine and initially did sprints and long jumping, but switched to pole vaulting in 1974. He was the first athlete to use the Petrov/Bubka technique, partly named for his coach, which allowed him to grip the pole higher than most vaulters.

Bubka first competed internationally as a senior at the 1983 World Championships, where he emerged victorious. He went on to win five more World titles in 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997. But despite his dominance, Bubka struggled at the Olympics, and won only one medal. After missing the 1984 Games due to the Soviet boycott and placing second in the pole vault at the Friendship Games, Bubka won an expected gold medal in Seoul in 1988. But in Barcelona in 1992, Bubka was one of the Games’ major disappointments, missing his starting height in the final. Injury prevented him from competing in Atlanta, and at the Sydney Games in 2000, by then past his prime, he was eliminated in qualification.

Bubka won numeous other titles, including the World Indoors in 1985, 1987, 1991 and 1995; the 1986 European title; the 1985, 1987, 1991 and 1995 European Indoors; the 1986 Goodwill Games; the 1985 World Cup; the 1985 European Cup; and the 1985 and 1997 Grand Prix finals. He also broke the world record 28 times (17 outdoor, 11 indoor), usually bettering it by just a centimetre, as he collected bonus money for each improvement. He broke his first world record in May 1984 (5.85) and was the first vaulter to clear 6 metres in June 1985, in Paris; and 20 feet (6.10) in August 1991 in Malmö, Sweden. Bubka set his final world record of 6.15 in February 1993 in Donetsk which stood almost 21 years.

Bubka retired from athletics in 2001 and then embarked on a career in sports administration and politics. Already a member of the IOC Athlete’s Commission, he became president of the Ukrainian NOC and a full member of the IOC in 2005. In 2013, he ran for IOC President, but lost out to Thomas Bach. Bubka was the IOC Executive Board athletes’ representative from 2000-07 and since 2012 has been a full member of the Executive Board. Since 2001, Bubka has been an IAAF council member and in 2011 was elected as an IAAF vice-president. From 2002-06, Bubka served in the Ukrainian parliament and on its Committee on youth policy, physical culture, sport and tourism. In 2014 he made plans to run for IAAF President.

Personal Best\: PV – 6.15i (1993).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Men's Pole Vault Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Men's Pole Vault Unified Team EUN AC r2/2
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Men's Pole Vault Ukraine UKR AC QR

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 1 OR 5.90 2 3
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.10 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.25 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.50 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.60 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.65 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.70 metres 3T xo 1 1 5.70
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.75 metres 3T p 1 1 5.70
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.80 metres 3 p 1 1 5.70
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.85 metres 3 p 1 1 5.70
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.90 metres 1 OR xxo 2 3 5.90
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Final Round 5.95 metres 1 p 2 3 5.90
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round 1T QC 5.50 0 0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 1T 5.50 0 0
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.45 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.50 metres 1T o 0 0 5.50
1988 Summer 24 Seoul Athletics Soviet Union Qualifying Round Group A 5.55 metres 1T p 0 0 5.50
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round AC NH NH 0 0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.20 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.50 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.55 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.60 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.65 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.70 metres NP xxp 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Final Round 5.75 metres NP x-- 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round 1T QU 5.60 0 0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 1 5.60 0 0
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 4.80 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.00 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.20 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.30 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.50 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.55 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 28 Barcelona Athletics Unified Team Qualifying Round Group A 5.60 metres 1 o 0 0 5.60
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round AC NH NH 0 0
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round Group A AC NH NH 0 0
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round Group A 5.25 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round Group A 5.40 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round Group A 5.55 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round Group A 5.65 metres NP p 0 0 NH
2000 Summer 36 Sydney Athletics Ukraine Qualifying Round Group A 5.70 metres NP xxx 0 0 NH
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