Full Name: Sergey Bubka
Date of Birth: 4 th December, 1963
Sport involved in: Pole Vault, Athletics
Winner of the pole vault event in 6 consecutive IAAF World Championships In Athletics in 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997
Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault event in 1988
Holder of the current outdoor world record in pole vault
Holder of the current indoor world record in pole vault
Awarded the best sportsman of the Soviet Union in 1984, 1985 and 1986
Voted the Sportsman of the Year for 1997 by L'Equipe
Honored as the best pole vaulter of the last half century by Track & Field News
Designated as an IAAF council member in 2001
Designated UNESCO Champion for Sport in 2003
Currently serving as the president of National Olympic Council (NOC) of Ukraine and an IOC member
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.