Paweł Wojciechowski (athlete)

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Paweł Wojciechowski
Paweł Wojciechowski Ostrava 2011.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Polish
Born (1989-06-06) 6 June 1989 (age 25)
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb) (2012)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole vault
Club Zawisza Bydgoszcz

Paweł Wojciechowski (born June 6, 1989 in Bydgoszcz) is a Polish pole vaulter. He won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.

His first major success was the silver medal at the IAAF 12th World Junior Championships in Athletics held in July 2008 in Bydgoszcz, with the result 5.40 m (17 ft 812 in), being until then his personal best.[1] He is an athlete of the Zawisza Bydgoszcz club, his coach is Roman Dakiniewicz.

In March 2009 it was announced, that Paweł Wojciechowski would be admitted to take practices in May 2009 with Vitaly Petrov, the legendary pole vault coach, who had been creator of successes of Sergey Bubka, and since 2 years had been coach of Yelena Isinbayeva.[2] He improved his best mark to 5.86 m at the Flanders Indoor Meeting in February 2011 to break Mirosław Chmara's Polish indoor record, which had gone unbettered for 22 years.[3]

He was the surprise winner at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but he fared less well at the 2012 Summer Olympics, failing to record a mark in qualifying. He missed the 2013 season due to injury and did not defend his world title as a result. In 2014 he returned to form at the Orléans leg of the Perche Elite Tour, winning with a clearance of 5.76 m (18 ft 1034 in) (his best since 2011).[4]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands 16th (q) 4.75 m
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 5.40 m (PB)
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 5.71 m
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 5.70 m (PB)
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 5.90 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom Qual. NM
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 12th 5.40 m

Personal bests[edit]

Outdoor

  • 5.91 m (Szczecin 2011) NR

Indoor

  • 5.86 m (Ghent 2011) NR

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bydgoszcz Web Site – Srebro dla bydgoszczanina". Bydgoszcz.eu. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ [1] (Polish)
  3. ^ Records for Wojciechowski and Bolshakova in Gent. European Athletics (2011-02-14). Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  4. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2014-01-19). Wojciechowski returns with victory in Orleans – indoor round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-02-23.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Australia Steven Hooker
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
2011
Succeeded by
Germany Björn Otto