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Sergei Bubka Biography

"one Of Athletics' Most Anticipated Events", "the Olympic Games Are Not Meant For Me", "bubka Does Not Jump, He Flies"

1963-

Ukrainian pole vaulter

In his 18-year career, pole vaulter Sergei Bubka set the world record 35 times, won gold medals at six consecutive world championships, and won an Olympic gold medal in Seoul in 1988. He is widely considered to be the greatest pole vaulter in history, and is the only person ever to clear a bar 20 feet overhead.

Sketch by Kelly Winters

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