Simon Arkell

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Simon Arkell (born 1 July 1966) is an Olympic pole vaulter from Australia, who competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1992. During his career he was Commonwealth Champion, NCAA All-American (5 times), WAC Conference Champion (7 times) and broke 9 Australian and 4 Commonwealth records. He was also Australian (3) and British (2) Champion, was 1993 Australian Athlete of the Year and is in the Athletics Hall of Fame for the State of South Australia. Arkell was the first Australian (and 50th person all time) to break the 19 foot (5.80m) barrier on 26 January 1996.

Arkell is a high technology executive for early stage and middle market software and IT companies. In 1998 he co-founded Versifi Technologies in Newport Beach, California. Versifi created the first 100% java web content management platform and went on to sell to Reef Technologies, SA in Belgium in 2000. Arkell then became a principal with Gramercy Venture Advisors, a boutique, software-focused investment banking firm in San Francisco, with a focus on venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. Arkell is now CEO of Predixion Software, Inc.

Achievements[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1986 Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, United Kingdom 7th 4.75 m
1987 World Student Games Zagreb, Yugoslavia 9th 5.40 m
1988 British AAA Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 5.10 m
1989 Australian Championships Brisbane, Australia 1st 5.40 m
IAAF World Cup Barcelona, Spain 5th 5.45 m
World Student Games Duisburg, West Germany 4th 5.40 m
1990 IAAF Grand Prix Aarhus, Denmark 2nd 5.61 m NR
Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 1st 5.35 m
1991 World Student Games Sheffield, United Kingdom 7th 5.40 m
Australian Domestic Perth, Australia 1st 5.70 m CR
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 17th 5.40 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 22nd 5.30 m
1993 Australian Grand Prix Adelaide, Australia 1st 5.72 m NR
World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 17th 5.30 m
British AAA Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 5.60 m
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 22nd 5.45 m
1995 Australian Grand Prix Adelaide, Australia 1st 5.73 m NR
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 20th 5.40 m
1996 Australian Grand Prix Perth, Australia 1st 5.75 m NR
IAAF Grand Prix Adelaide, Australia 1st 5.80 m NR
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States NHC

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