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Encyclopedia > Sergey Bubka

Sergey Bubka (Сергій Бубка) (born 14 December 1963 in Voroshilovgrad U.S.S.R., today Luhansk, Ukraine) is an Ukrainian (and former Soviet) athlete. He is the first pole vaulter to clear 6.1 metres (20 feet). He set the current world record of 6.14 metres on 31 July 1994 in Sestriere, Italy. December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Luhansk (Ukrainian: Луганськ) is a city in eastern Ukraine. ... The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) (Russian: (СССР)  listen?; tr. ... July 31 is the 212th day (213th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 153 days remaining, as the final day of July. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...


Sergey Bubka started pole vaulting as young as nine. In 1978, aged 15 Bubka moved to Donetsk, Ukraine with his coach Vitaly Petrov. He entered world athletics in 1983 when he won the event in Helsinki with 5.70 metres (18 feet 8 inches). In the years that followed, Bubka set new standards in pole vaulting. He cleared 6.00 metres (19 feet 8 inches) on 13 July 1985 in Paris. This height had long been considered unattainable. Bubka improved his own record little by little. In 1988 he achieved 6.06 metres in Nice, France. This increased the suspense whether he could beat the 6.10 metres mark at the Olympic Games in Seoul in the same year. He somewhat disappointed, but still won the gold medal with 5.90 metres (19 feet 4 inches). 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Donetsk heavy industry Donetsk (Ukrainian: Донецьк, Russian: Доне́цк) is a city in eastern Ukraine on the Kalmius river. ... 1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 13th is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Eiffel Tower has become a symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... City motto: Nicæa civitas. ... For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ... Seoul is the capital of South Korea and was, until 1945, the capital of all of Korea. ...


Bubka increased the world record by 21 centimetres (8 inches) in the 4 years between 1984 and 1988, more than other pole vaulters have achieved in the previous 12 years. He was the first athlete ever to jump over 6.10 metres in San Sebastián, Spain in 1991. Surprisingly Bubka failed to place in the subsequent Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. He set the current world record of 6.14 metres in 1994 after some commentators have already predicted the decline of the great sportsman. In 1996 Bubka qualified for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA, but an injury prevented him from taking part in the games. 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Barcelona within Barcelonès Population (2003) 1,582,738 Area 1004 Km2 Population density (2001) 15,764/Km2 Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous community in northeastern Spain, and the countrys second-largest city (after Madrid). ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


The key to Sergey Bubka's success was NOT his speed and strength, but instead his development and mastery of the Petrov/Bubka technical model. A technical model is a sequence of positions and pressures that describe the method and form of a style of pole vaulting. The Petrov/Byubka model is superior to many others today because it allows the vaulter to continuously put energy into the pole while constantly rising towards the bar. Bubka's mastery of this model was the foundation of his success; his outstanding speed and strength then accented the superiority of his technical model and allowed for his career to skyrocket.


He was awarded best sportsman of the Soviet Union for three years in a row from 1984 to 1986.


Since 2002, he is a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and its committee on questions of youth policy, physical culture, sport and tourism. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in Men's Pole Vault
Welles Hoyt | Irving Baxter | Charles Dvorak | Fernand Gonder | Edward Cook Alfred Gilbert | Harry Babcock | Frank Foss | Lee Barnes | Sabin Carr | William Miller | Earle Meadows | Guinn Smith | Bob Richards (twice) | Don Bragg | Fred Hansen | Bob Seagren | Wolfgang Nordwig | Tadeusz Ślusarski | Władysław Kozakiewicz | Pierre Quinon | Sergey Bubka | Maksim Tarasov | Jean Galfione | Nick Hysong | Timothy Mack

 
 

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