Sergey Bubka - The Ambassadors
IAAF Senior Vice President and Olympic Gold Medallist
Sergey Bubka was in born on 4th December 1963 in Lugansk, Ukraine/USSR. From an early age Sergey had a ferocious competitive spirit which was channeled into multiple sports until he met the pole vault coach Vitaly Petrov. Bubka started pole vaulting at the age of 11, when he entered Dynamo Children and Youth Sports School in Voroshilovgrad, he was trained there by Vitaly Petrov. In 1978 at an age of 15, Bubka moved to Donetsk, Ukraine with his coach for better training facilities. He went to High school in Donetsk before graduating from the Kiev State University in 1987.
Sergey Bubka entered international athletics in 1981 participating in the European Junior Championships where he fetched a 7th place. But the 1983World Championships held in Helsinki proved to be his actual entry point to the mainstream world athletics, where a relatively unknown Bubka snatched the gold clearing 5.70 metres. The years that followed witnessed the unparalleled dominance of Bubka on pole vaulting with him setting numerous new records and standards for the sport.
He set his first world record of 5.85m in 1984 which he improved to 5.88m a week after and then to 5.90m a month after that. He cleared 6.00 metres in Paris 1985. This height had long been considered unattainable. Bubka improved his own record over the next 10 years until he reached his career best and the current world record of 6.14m in 1994.
Sergey Bubka’s career achievements include; 35 world records, Olympic Gold (Seoul 1988), 6 consecutive World Championships Gold Medals (held World Champion title from 1983 to 1999), Winner at the Goodwill Games, World Championships Indoor, European Championships, European Championship Indoor, European Cup.
Bubka officially retired from his pole vault career in 2001. He has won numerous key awards and honorary titles including; UNESCO Champion for Sport 2003, L’Equipe Champion des Champions 1997, Prince of Asturias Award in Sports 1991, Best sportsman of the Soviet Union for three years in a row from 1984 to 1986, “Sportsperson of the Year” awarded by a number of esteemed Institutions.
Currently Sergey serves as an IOC Executive Board Member, IAAF Senior Vice President, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine as well as being an active member involved in many Social Programmes and Charities worldwide.
Sergey Bubka is married with 2 children.