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Sergey Bubka - Famous Athlete
Full Name: Sergey Bubka
Date of Birth: 4 th December, 1963
Sport involved in: Pole Vault, Athletics
Career: Sergey Bubka is a Ukrainian pole vaulter. Bubka is regarded as the best pole vaulter ever. He is also known to be one of the best athletes of modern times. Bubka started his athletic career in 1981. He participated in the 1981 European Junior Championships. In the competition he got the seventh position. The 1983 World Championships at Helsinki was the actual entry point for Bubka into the mainstream athletics. He won the gold medal in the competition. The height of his vault was measured 5.70 meter. Bubka set his first world record in outdoor pole vault in 1984 with a height of 5.85 meter. In the same year he broke his own record thrice and reached to the height of 5.94 meter. In 1985, Bubka reached the unattainable height of 6.00 meter setting the new record in the field of pole vault. In the next ten years, Bubka had improved his own record with no one to challenge him. Currently he holds the outdoor world record of 6.14 meter, which he made in 1994. Bubka broke his own record in the outdoor pole vault 17 times. He also holds the current world record in indoor pole vault event. He reached to the height of 5.81 meter in the indoor event in 1984, making his first world record in the field. Since then, he had broken the record 18 times in his career. Currently he holds the record with a height of 6.15 meter. Bubka was awarded the best sportsman of the Soviet Union in 1984, 1985 and 1986. Bubka participated in the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul. There he won his only Olympic gold medal in the event. Bubka won six consecutive IAAF World Championships in 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997. L'Equipe voted him the Sportsman of the Year for 1997. Track & Field News honored Bubka as the best pole vaulter of the last half century. Bubka was designated as an IAAF council member in 2001. In 2003, he was chosen the UNESCO Champion for Sport. From 2002 to 2006, Bubka had been a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and its committee of youth policy, physical culture, sport and tourism. Currently, Bubka holds the post of the president of National Olympic Council of Ukraine. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board.
Performance at the Olympics: Sergey Bubka was not much successful in his Olympic career. In the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, USSR boycotted the Games along with other eastern block countries. For this reason, Bubka could not compete in the Games, where he would have been the favorite for gold medal. In the 1988 Summer Games at Seoul, Bubka won his only Olympic title in the pole vault event. There also he came within one miss of finishing out of the medal completely. However, he jumped a height of 5.90 meter and won the title. The top contender in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Bubka missed all the three attempts and was out of the competition. In the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, he was disqualified from final after three missed attempts to reach 5.70 meter.
Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament.
Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.
In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.
Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.
Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did
French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.