Sergey Bubka : biography

4 December 1963 -

World record progression by Bubka

Bubka broke the world record for men's pole vaulting a total of 35 times in his career. He broke the outdoor world record 17 times and the indoor world record 18 times. In his dominance, Bubka lost his outdoor world record only once in his illustrious career. After Thierry Vigneron, of France, broke his record on 31 August 1984 at the Golden Gala international track meet in Rome, Bubka subsequently reclaimed the record on his next run, just minutes later. Associated Press (1 September 1984). Retrieved on 21 May 2012.

The fact that most of the time the record he improved was his own demonstrates his absolute dominance in the event. Exactly how high he could have jumped at his best is unknown: because of the large prizes on offer from event promoters for breaking world records, the majority of his world record attempts were made at 1 cm higher than the existing record, and once achieved, he would not attempt another record jump until the next opportunity to collect a prize, even after a substantial clearance showing he could have achieved a higher height.

Outdoor
Height (m) Date Place
6.14 31 July 1994 Sestriere
6.13 19 September 1992 Tokyo
6.12 30 August 1992 Padova
6.11 13 June 1992 Dijon
6.10 5 August 1991 Malmö
6.09 8 July 1991 Formia
6.08 9 June 1991 Moscow
6.07 6 May 1991 Shizuoka
6.06 10 July 1988 Nice
6.05 9 June 1988 Bratislava
6.03 23 June 1987 Prague
6.01 8 June 1986 Moscow
6.00 13 June 1985 Paris
5.94 31 August 1984 Rome
5.90 13 July 1984 London
5.88 2 June 1984 Paris
5.85 26 May 1984 Bratislava
Indoor
Height (m) Date Place
6.15 21 February 1993 Donetsk
6.14 13 February 1993 Lievin
6.13 22 February 1992 Berlin
6.12 23 February 1991 Grenoble
6.11 19 March 1991 Donetsk
6.10 15 March 1991 San Sebastián
6.08 9 February 1991 Volgograd
6.05 17 March 1990 Donetsk
6.03 11 February 1989 Osaka
5.97 17 March 1987 Torino
5.96 15 January 1987 Osaka
5.95 28 February 1986 New York
5.94 21 February 1986 Inglewood
5.92 8 February 1986 Moscow
5.87 15 January 1986 Osaka
5.83 10 February 1984 Inglewood
5.82 1 February 1984 Milano
5.81 15 January 1984 Vilnius

Quotes

  • "I love the pole vault because it is a professor's sport. One must not only run and jump, but one must think. Which pole to use, which height to jump, which strategy to use. I love it because the results are immediate and the strongest is the winner. Everyone knows it. In everyday life that is difficult to prove."Sergey Bubka to Gary Smith in Sports Illustrated, 14 September 1988, referenced in – Sergey Bubka
  • "Here is a man who has personally altered his art form, changed the way competitors prepare for it and perform it, even the way spectators perceive it." – Gary Smith of Sports Illustrated about Bubka
  • "My jump was imperfect, my run-in was too short and my hands were too far back at takeoff. When I manage to iron out these faults, I am sure I can improve." – In an interview after he was the first person to break .
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