Aleksandr Averbukh

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Aleksandr Averbukh in 2011

Aleksandr Valeryevich Averbukh (Hebrew: אלכס אברבוך, Russian: Александр Валерьевич Авербух; born October 1, 1974) is a retired Russian-born Israeli Olympic athlete, who competed in the pole vault.

He won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships, won a gold medal as the European champion in both 2002 and 2006, and won a gold medal at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. His personal best is 5.93 metres.


He was born in the Russian SSR, USSR, and is of Jewish descent.[1] He was formerly a decathlete competing for Russia, but in 1999 he became an Israeli citizen and rose to top level in pole vault.

He won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships and won a gold medal twice as the European champion in 2002 and 2006. His personal best is 5.93 metres, achieved in 2003 in Madrid. He retired from competition in 2009.[2]

He competed on behalf of Israel at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.[3]

In 2013 he briefly returned from retirement to compete in the 19th Maccabiah where he won first place.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Russia
1993 European Junior Championships San Sebastián, Spain 13th (q) Pole vault 4.90 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 6th Heptathlon 6144 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 16th Decathlon 7658 pts
Representing  Israel
1999 World Championships Sevilla, Spain 3rd Pole vault 5.80 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 1st Pole vault 5.75 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 10th Pole vault 5.50 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 4th Pole vault 5.70 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd Pole vault 5.85 m
Universiade Beijing, China 1st Pole vault 5.80 m
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 2nd Pole vault 5.80 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st Pole vault 5.85 m
IAAF Grand Prix Final Paris, France 2nd Pole vault 5.75 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 14th (q) Pole vault 5.40 m
World Championships Paris, France Pole vault NM
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 14th (q) Pole vault 5.55 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 8th Pole vault 5.65 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th Pole vault 5.60 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 4th Pole vault 5.50 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Pole vault 5.70 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 7th Pole vault 5.81 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 28th (q) Pole vault 5.45 m
2009 Maccabiah Games Tel Aviv, Israel 2nd Pole vault 4.95 m
2013 Maccabiah Games Caesarea, Israel 1st Pole vault 5.15 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jews in the Olympics: 63 Athletes, 7 Countries". Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "Aleksandr Averbukh". Retrieved November 15, 2011.
  3. ^ "Israel at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games". Retrieved November 14, 2011.
  4. ^ "July 24 (2)". Maccabiah. July 24, 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014.[permanent dead link]

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