Sergey Bubka Biography
(Former Soviet-Ukrainian Pole Vaulter Who Broke the World Record for Men's Pole Vault 35 Times)
Birthday: December 4, 1963 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Luhansk, Ukraine
Sergey Bubka is a former Ukrainian pole vaulter and the first one to clear 6.0 meter mark. He represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991 and has been involved with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since 2001. He was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the IAAF Hall of Fame in 2012. Interested in sports from an early age, he excelled at sprint and long jump as a young boy. He turned to the pole vault when he was nine years old though he was told that he could not start training until he was 12. He first tasted international success when he won the world championship in Helsinki, Finland, in 1983. Over the years he set several records which gained him much international fame and competed for Soviet teams until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Bubka broke the world record for men's pole vault 35 times during his career—17 times in the outdoor version and 18 times in the indoor one. Despite consistently being one of the most dominating male pole vaulters of his era, he had a relatively poor record in the Olympic Games and won just a single gold medal despite his otherwise illustrious career. He officially retired in 2001 but continues to be closely associated with the sport.