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Sergey Bubka

Serhii Nazarovych Bubka is a Ukrainian former pole vaulter. He represented the Soviet Union until its dissolution in 1991. Bubka was twice named Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News, and in 2012 was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall of Fame.


Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva is a Russian former pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, the current world record holder in the event, and is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. Isinbayeva was banned from 2016 Rio Olympics after the appearance of an independent report about an extensive state-sponsored doping program in Russia, thus dashing her hopes of a grand retirement winning the Olympic gold medal. She retired from athletics in August 2016 after being elected to serve an 8-year term on the IOC's Athletes' Commission.


Renaud Lavillenie

Renaud Lavillenie is a French pole vaulter. He is the current world record holder, with a height of 6.16 m set indoors on 15 February 2014.


Balian Buschbaum

Balian Buschbaum, formerly known as Yvonne Buschbaum, is a former German pole vaulter.

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Bob Seagren

Robert Seagren is a retired American pole vaulter, the 1968 Olympic champion.


Katerina Stefanidi

Katerina Stefanidi is a Greek pole vaulter. She won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games with a jump of 4.85 meters and has also competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the current World Outdoor (2017), European Outdoor (2018), European Indoor (2017), and Diamond League (2017) champion and a World Indoor Championships medalist. Stefanidi has won a total of nine (9) medals in all five major international athletics championships. Because of her achievements she is widely regarded as the greatest female athlete in the history of Greek sport.


Jenn Suhr

Jennifer "Jenn" Suhr is an American pole vaulter. She has been an Olympic and World champion, has been ranked #1 in the World, has been the #1 American pole vaulter since 2006, and has won a total of 15 US National Championships. She holds the world indoor pole vault record at 5.03 m. She holds the American women's pole vault record indoors. In 2008, she won the U.S. Olympic trials, setting an American record of 4.92 m and won a silver medal in the Beijing Olympics. She won the gold medal at the London Olympics on August 6, 2012. Track & Field News named her American Female Athlete of the Year for 2008.


Steve Hooker

Steven "Steve" Leslie Hooker OAM is an Australian former pole vaulter and Olympic gold medalist. His personal best, achieved in 2008, is 6.06 m making him the third-highest pole vaulter in history, behind Sergey Bubka and Renaud Lavillenie.


Sonia Malavisi

Sonia Malavisi is an Italian pole vaulter.


Roberta Bruni

Roberta Bruni is an Italian pole vaulter. Her personal best of 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in) is the Italian record for the event.


Stacy Dragila

Stacy Renée Dragila is an American former pole vaulter.


Emmanouil Karalis

Emmanouil Karalis, born 20 October 1999 in Athens, is a Greek pole vaulter. He is mixed-race, he is the son of a Greek father and a Ugandan mother.


Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou

Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou is a Greek pole vaulter. She won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015 jumping 4.80m. During the 2015 season, she set five Greek records raising the bar to 4,83 meters. The same year, she became the first Greek athlete to win the IAAF Diamond League.


Anzhelika Sidorova

Anzhelika Aleksandrovna Sidorova is a Russian pole vaulter. Sidorova won silver medals at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships, and a bronze medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships.


Jean Galfione

Jean Galfione is a retired, French pole vaulter. During his pole vaulting career, he won at least one medal in each of the following major international competitions - the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the World Indoor Championships, the European Championships and the European Indoors Championships